Meet Jagat Singh and Nagarjuna A. The first ever Indian truck drivers to win a truck race in India. This was made possible by Tata Motors at the recently concluded T1 Prima Racing Championship.
Being organized since last three years, this was the first time that the championship saw participation of Indian drivers. The race day saw a total of 4 races, two for Indian drivers and two for international drivers.
Apart from conducting the race, Tata Motors also awarded INR 40 lakh in cash as prize to the podium finishers of the races in which Indian drivers participated. The winners got INR 10 lakh each, runner-up got INR 6 lakh each and the third place racers got INR 4 lakh each.
Tata Motors had selected the Indian drivers through an intensive driver training program. They were trained by professionals as the trucks used in T1 Prima Racing were different from the regular trucks.
The Tata Prima 4038.S competing in the championship are powered by a diesel engine generating 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM. It has a top speed of over 130 kmph. Following are some of the changes to the T1 2016 race truck –
• Reduced Centre of gravity by 100 mm, to improve dynamic stability at high speeds
• New lighter suspension system, to improve the ride and handling characteristics
• New improved shock absorbers, for stability during high speed corner turns
• Improved brake cooling system with jet nozzles
• New lightweight aluminium fuel tank & water tanks
• New tyres of 315/70 R 22.5 introduced in place of 315/80 R 22.5, from last season
• Front Flat wheel where mounting face offset is 127 in place of 175 from last season