Tata Motors will be hosting the third edition of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship at which 19 race-spec trucks will compete with each other with drivers participating from all over the world. At this event, which is to be held on 18th and 19th March, 2017, the commercial vehicle arm of Tata Motors will showcase the engineering prowess of two new Prima trucks, each of them developing 1000 hp. In a recent conversation between the Hindu Business Line and Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, he said that, “The 1000 bhp Prima will be a showpiece during the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship.” The 1000 hp truck took over a year of effort by the Jamshedpur plant's R&D team to come to life and according to Pisharody, the new truck may eventually participate at international truck racing platforms.
While the 19 trucks that would be competing through the different stages of the event will witness drivers from around the world, the occasion will also see the first woman truck racing driver, Stephanie Halm from Germany, competing with other racers. Stephanie has been in this profession since 2011 and in 2005, she also competed in the 24-hour race at Nurburgring. This year, the company will have a new team participating in the race, Team One World Racing. The rest of the competing teams would be Team Castrol Vecton, Team Cummins, Team Tata Technologies Motorsports, Team Dealer Warriors and Team Dealer Daredevils. The T1 Prima racing truck which would be used for by the 19 drivers generates 400 hp of power and has high-pressure water tanks that last about 45 minutes which are used to cool down the brakes during the race. The pressure in these water tanks remains between one to two bars and is calibrated as per the race.
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The idea behind the event is to break the stereotype of truck drivers in India being a low paying occupation wherein there is no progress in terms of the professional ladder. The Indians who are participating in this season of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship and have done so, state that this event has been a game changer for them in terms of their social acceptance and perception. The last season's SUPER CLASS category winners, Nagarjuna A and Jagat Singh also stated at the roundtable held recently at the Buddh International Circuit that this has also changed the perception with their families as well as the society as the next progression for a trucker is to get into an international event like truck racing. The India drivers selected for this season of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship were trained at the Madras Motor Race Track in Sriperumbudur near Chennai. They will be competing in the PRO CLASS category of the event.