Tata SE1613 to the res­cue

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE -

High­way jour­neys are fun. They are de­void of traf­fic snarls and the may­hem as­so­ci­ated with find­ing a way in the city.

A per­fect es­cape route, a high­way jour­ney is. Add to it the prospect of eat­ing out. Sim­ply pulling over to the dhabas that dote the high­way. In stark con­trast to a seem­ingly per­fect get­away plan, Bol­ly­wood flick ‘Road’ sent out spoiler alerts to all such rev­el­ers. Di­rected by Ram Gopal Varma, the Hindi movie en­gaged cin­ema go­ers with a twisted nar­ra­tive. A sim­ple jour­ney from one point to the other be­gan go­ing wrong for Arvind and Lak­shmi right from the start. Played by ac­tors Vivek Oberoi and An­tara Mali, the two are a cou­ple that has ran away from their re­spec­tive homes and against the will of their fam­i­lies to tie a knot. Dur­ing their jour­ney from Delhi to Jodh­pur in a Tata Sa­fari, the cou­ple runs into a hitch­hiker Babu played by ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee. Babu per­suades the cou­ple to give him a lift. They are hes­i­tant at first, but re­lent and take him on board. Lit­tle do they sus­pect that he is an armed psy­chopath in the guise of just an­other hitch­hiker. His cruel in­ten­tions come to the fore when he takes Lak­shmi hostage. To suc­ceed in his ill in­ten­tions, he throws Arvind out of the ve­hi­cle. Stranded in the mid­dle of nowhere, Arvind finds an es­cape route by con­vinc­ing a truck driver In­der­pal (played by Makrand Desh­pande) to fol­low Babu in his Tata SE 1613 . A res­cue mis­sion be­gins. Fol­low­ing the Sa­fari SUV, the duo even­tu­ally track down the car and res­cue Lak­shmi from the psy­chopath.

One of the most sold trucks in In­dia ever, the Tata SE 1613 shown in the movie has its su­per-struc­ture built lo­cally. A semi-for­ward de­sign, the truck was of­fered as a rolling chas­sis, and could be fit­ted out to be a high deck body, half deck, or a tanker among other ap­pli­ca­tions. A 4x2, the SE 1613 was struc­tured on a lad­der type heavy duty frame. It was pow­ered by a 5675cc engine that pro­duced 136 hp at 2400 rpm, and a peak torque of 490 Nm at 1400-1600 rpm. It was mated to a man­ual six-speed GBS-600 trans­mis­sion. The sus­pen­sion sys­tem was made up of semiel­lip­ti­cal multi leaf springs at the front and the rear. Rear axle was a TATA RA - 109RR unit with sin­gle re­duc­tion hy­poid gears and a fully float­ing axle shaft.

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