Making of T1 Tata Prima Truck Racing
Truck Racing Background
Truck racing is a form of motor racing which involves modified versions of heavy tractor units on racing circuits. The sport began in the United States at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 17, 1979.
In the last few years the profile of truck racing has increased, and currently over 30 teams regularly compete for various championships. Races start from a rolling start, and commonly last from 8 to 12 laps. It is a non-contact sport.
All drivers must hold a race licence issued by the Motor Sports Association, or the national motorsport body from the driver’s country.
Major championships for Truck Racing are –
• FIA European Truck Racing Championship, Gathers 80M TV viewers in 209 countries
• British Truck Racing Championship
• NASCAR Camping World Truck Series(US), Rapidly gaining foothold as a highly watched motorsport event in US
• Fórmula Truck (Brazilian Motor Sport competed by Tractor Tailers)
• French Cup Trucks (France)
Tata Motors and T1 Prima Truck Racing
Tata Motors, the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India, is bringing this very popular sport to India as T1 Truck Racing Championship, under the aegis of FIA and FMSCI, marking yet another pioneering effort by Tata Motors in the Indian commercial vehicle industry. The Truck Racing championship is guaranteed to be an exciting and exhilarating event, certain to draw attention from India’s sports enthusiasts.
Rationale behind introduction of this unique motor sport by Tata Motors -
• Share of Business
– The 2nd generation of the existing fleet owners that are better travelled and educated, on the look-out for other business options
– Trucking business unlike in the west is not looked upon as an aspirational profession / occupation
• Share of Employment /Livelihood
– There is a dearth of Truck drivers due to multiple options for livelihood that have come up in last few years
– The occupation of driving Trucks has not been able to attract enough people
• Showcase superior technology
• Tata motors has always been committed to deliver superior products to its customers and Truck Racing is a platform to showcase the technological advancements through performance excellence
About the T1 Prima Race Truck
At the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, 12 Prima Race trucks will compete against each other for the top spot. The truck has been modified based on the BTRA guidelines and has been
certified by FMSCI after having undergone stringent security check-ups.
To make these Prima trucks fit for racing, guidelines from British Truck Racing Association
were followed and subsequently 22 key modifications were made to meet a mix of safety and performance needs for the Truck Racing environment. Some of the changes made are on – Fuel Tank, Brake cooling system, Propeller shaft guards, Racing seats and safety belts, exhaust, steering wheel etc.
The Prima truck that will be used as race truck is a 4038.S model with massive power of 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM and a top speed of 110 Km/h.
T1 Prima Race Truck Specifications
Engine: 4038.S (4X2 TRACTOR)BS-III,WABCO,L2,T24 WITH ISLe Engine
Power: 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM (+/-50 RPM)
Max. Torque: 1550 Nm at 1200-1400 rpm
Engine calibration is upgraded keeping in mind the power requirement of the racing truck.
Max. Geared Speed in Top Gear: 110 kmph (With Std. Rear Axle)
C-SL FLAT ROOF CAB: Full forward steel cab with rigid structure
Safety is of prime importance for Tata Motors. The Race trucks that have been modified to endure the hardship of racing have gone through multiple checks and scrutiny by internal
and external teams.
The Trucks have gone through multiple quality checks internally as well, as part of the manufacturing/modification process. In addition, the truck has also been positively tested on the test circuit at Jamshedpur for high speed run and control
T1 Prima Truck Modifications (AS PER BRITISH TRUCK RACING GUIDELINES)
• Roll cage incorporated inside the cabin for drivers safety as per the requirement of FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Club of India)
• Side under Run Protection and Rear under Run Protection device provided for safety
• Steering wheel provided with Quick release mechanism for driver’s safety in case of any mishap
• FIA approved Seat suitable for Racing and 5 point mounting for seat belts for enhanced safety
• Fire extinguisher in cabin
• Always ON Tail Lamps in RED color as per the requirement of FMSCI
• Aggregate and components relocated to have COG (Centre of Gravity) towards center
• As per FMSCI, safety measures are implemented such as Propeller shaft guard, Relocation of Battery and Battery cut off switch
• New generation wider brakes– Brake drum with water jet cooling mechanism to keep brake drum temperatures lower
• Suspension height reduction suitable for racing application
• Racing Tires – JK Tyre specific tubeless racing tyres
• Fuel System, Fuel Tank & Refueling – 90 lit. Fuel tank mounted on the top of the chassis behind CAB as per racing requirement.
• Reduction in rear suspension height for lowering the Centre of Gravity
Race Event Format
The T1 Truck Racing Championship will have 12 Truck running to claim the maiden championship title. The race will see 6 different teams with two trucks running for each team.
The first ever truck racing championship, scheduled for March 23, 2014 will be a full-day family event, scheduled from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm.
There will be two races for Race Trucks. The first one will be a qualifier race which will be followed with the main race. The final race will see a rolling start for the race trucks in a 15 lap race.
Complete with high-octane entertainment, the event is certain to keep viewers at the edge of their seats through the day. Some other attractions for the day will be – 2 wheeler race event, Race Truck parade, Truck Stunts, Truck Art and Fashion show and multiple performances from celebrities from the field of entertainment.
T1 Truck Racing Championship partners
Vicky Chandhok (Former President, FMSCI)
Vicky Chandhok has been part of the T1 Truck Racing project from the start and has been helping Tata Motors in its endeavour to bring Truck Racing to India. He has helped us in coordinating with multiple agencies to take the project to execution stage.
Steve Horne (Organizer, British Truck Racing Association)
Celebrated race truck driver who won the British truck racing championship twice. Currently one of the longest serving truck racing driver. Steve has been helping with his guidance on bringing truck racing to India in multiple operational aspects.
Gopal Madhavan (Chairman, Homologation Committee, FMSCI)
With his deep understanding of what it takes to make cars and trucks go faster, he has assisted us with modifications of Tata Prima race trucks. He will also guide us with regulation at the event