together and then the space between the two was further solidified with a new age foam filler injected between them to give it structural rigidity while being light enough to lend itself to many applications. The IP rights to this material matrix was snapped up by Tata Motors sometime in 2007 and from then on the Indian firm experimented with many different forms of materials from what Gandini had proposed before they zeroed in on the mix to create what is termed the MOFlex MMS technology.
This tech first saw light of day sometime in 2014 in the Tata C-Cube concept which demonstrated that such a material and means of manufacturing could be applied to real world vehicles. The C-Cube was first vindication of a modular material matrix being employed by an Indian car maker and while the car took a conventional but highly stylised hatchback form, the possibilities were immediately apparent to many in the know. Internally much debate followed as to what route the firm should take now that the C-Cube had shown the direction forward in manufacturing terms and so Project Futuro was kick started sometime in mid-2015 and unbeknown to many the pretensions were absolutely sporty.
The design studios in the UK and Italy with engineering inputs from ERC in Pune saw a proposal being drawn up for a perky little midengined two-seater and this was presented and signed off by Guenter Butschcek for prototyping on just his third day after joining Tata Motors as its CEO and MD in February 2016!
Was it just fortuitous or coincidental that in March 2016 yours truly and his team also helped push the barriers out of the mind when they hustled four cars from Tata Motors – the Zest, Bolt and the two spanking new Tiagos for a non-stop 50,000km flat out endurance run at the VRDE speed bowl in Ahmednagar!
The performance from the Revotron and Revotorq units had been proven in no uncertain terms though no one was in the know then as to where this could lead.
Around this time the joint design and engineering teams at Coventry and Turin got together to finalise the shape and the form because the entire project had to depend on quick application and also strong versatility of the architecture to lend itself to closed coupes, open roadsters, also a mini-me application for a modern day rally car in the genre (and not the form mind you) of the Lancia Stratos among many others. The Tata Motors Design team headed by the ebullient Pratap Bose was instrumental in not just the final sporty turnout of the Racemo but also for being in on the engineering of the tub and the top which sits on a backbone chassis. But the key aspect is that unlike the plethora of sub-assemblies involved in the traditional manufacturing process, the Racemo picks a leaf from Gandini’s minimalist approach to car manufacturing and that’s where the real key lies in the quick turnaround the Tamo brand espouses. I might add that this is also one of the If you can’t wait till the year end but want to drive the Racemo, you don’t have to make the walk to your nearest Tata Motors dealer but get comfortable in your home and do what the nerds do: plug in your Xbox console, start up Forza Horizon 3 and select Tata’s latest performance car – yes it is also the first Indian car to make it right up there in the gaming world. If you are good and ambidextrous with the controller there is the possibility of you humbling pseudo Vin Diesels or even gimmicky Lewis Hamiltons in more powerful Ferraris and Mercedes-AMGs with your Racemo+! Didn’t you always hear me say the meek shall inherit this earth?