Disclaimer – As the manufacturer (TVS Motor Company) has blacklisted Rushlane from it’s events/rides as a consequence of decisions based on restrictive practices, this blog is reliant on a company issued press release.
With the launch of BMW engineered TVS Apache 310, the company celebrated 35 years of highly successful run in Indian motorsports. So, it was only a matter of time before the Hosur-based outfit came out with track tuned version of its new flagship. Today, the same has been revealed, along with the name of 12 racers who will race on them first.
Though TVS has not revealed specs of this bike, our sources tell us that the bike is good enough to deliver 45+ hp power. Going by the road-legal version, it’s safe to say that TVS’ factory riders are in for a significant upgrade from the existing Apache 200 race bike.
Speaking about the design, the bike largely derives its cues from the Akula concept which previewed the Apache 310 at the Auto Expo 2016. The track going version differs from regular model by forgoing headlamps and offering a slightly taller windscreen. Apache Cup Racer is also equipped with sharp edges at the base of headlamp cavities and fairing-mounted aerofoils to enhance aerodynamic performance.
The motorcycle is underpinned by an aluminium trellis frame and has benefited from numerous lightweight aluminium components. The 312.2 cc reverse inclined single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine is tuned to produce approximately 30-35% more power and torque than the stock bike’s 34 PS and 27.3 Nm respectively.
In order to handle the additional performance, the TVS Apache RTR 310 Cup Racer is bestowed with stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes and of course, track-spec tyres. Below are the names of the 12 riders who have qualified for the race.
Commenting on the selection, B Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing said, “When we spoke about the TVS Apache RR One Make Series at the launch of the TVS Apache RR 310, the response across the country was phenomenal. This further translated into the number of entries and we were delighted to see new names spring into the final 12. We are glad to have such spirited and talented individuals on our platform and look forward to see them compete fiercely in the cup astride Race tuned TVS Apache RR 310. I wish them all the best for the cup.”