Mr. Patrick McGoldrick, MD&CEO, Tata Technologies said; “Tata Motors trucks have seen extensive involvement from Tata Technologies over the years and it will be a matter of pride for all of us to see the Prima trucks perform on track.” He added, “We are honored to support this exciting new development in the Indian motorsport arena. We welcome this opportunity to demonstrate Tata Technologies’ advanced automotive engineering & design capabilities and reinforce our long-standing commitment to superior product development for the commercial vehicles industry.”
According to Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Limited, “Tata Motors values Tata Technologies’ commitment and the unique strengths that it’s engineers bring to our global product development programs.” He added, “Tata Technologies has consistently served Tata Motors as the preferred partner for automotive engineering and IT and contributed significantly to all commercial vehicle platforms including the Prima range.”
Tata T1 Prima Racing Truck incorporates 22 indispensable modifications including fuel tank, brake, cooling system, propeller shaft guards, racing seats and safety belts, exhaust, steering wheel, and more. Racers need to do the most they can with max power of 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM and top speed of 110 Km/h. Buddh International Circuit is 5.12 km long, but it’s the 2.1 km short loop, which will be used for Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship series.
David Jenkins (2011, BTRA Division 1 champion) and Brain Burt (2013, BTRA Division 2 second place) will steer the 2 Tata Technologies Motorsports Team trucks to compete with British Truck Racing Association (BTRA), UK and European Truck Racing Championship drivers.
To demonstrate its long-standing commitment as a trusted engineering partner to the CV industry, Tata Technologies Motorsports will be a team sponsor at the country’s first truck racing championship – Tata Motors T1 Prima Truck Racing.
As a long-standing engineering and IT partner to Tata Motors, Tata Technologies has been continuously innovating for advanced commercial vehicle product development. In addition to other products, Tata Technologies is extensively involved with engineering, PLM and IT solutions around the Prima range of trucks.
Globally, as we look at Tata Technologies’ engagements in the heavy truck industry during the past year there is an increasing focus on developing alternate fuel solutions, hybrid drivetrains as well as dual fuel solutions. At the forefront of everybody’s development efforts is also improving the fuel performance for traditional diesel trucks by optimizing across multiple systems and by better understanding the customer usage profile. In India, we observe that commercial vehicle sales is expected to be driven by a focus on application-specific commercial vehicles such as medium and heavy commercial vehicles (M&HCVs) for long distance transportation and light commercial vehicles (LCVs), typically, for last mile connectivity. With a very high portion of freight and passenger traffic taking place by road and increasing public as well as private spending on infrastructure, growth trend in each segment of commercial vehicles (passenger carriers or goods carriers), is gaining traction. However, increasing competition and entry of new players coupled with uncertainties in the operating environment, new strategies by operators and new supply chain dynamics have led to an urgent demand for better engineered products in the space.
Tata Technologies, a USD 376 mn (FY13) engineering services provider to the global manufacturing industry (automotive, aerospace, construction & heavy engineering) is one of the leading companies that is helping manufacturers design and engineer innovative products with its deep domain knowledge, right sourcing of highly skilled engineers and optimized processes to facilitate rapid deployment and development. The company develops advanced technologies for some of the largest Fortune 500 OEMs which are then productized to meet the specific market requirements and needs.