RACEMO+

Evo India - - FIRST LOOK -

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?

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