Tamo Racemo, a Tata Motors project, was meant to be India's first ever kit car. A homegrown sports car, if you will. The production version of the mid-engined two-seater coupe was supposed to arrive in India in 2018, however, it seems the wait for the Racemo will be longer than expected. Tata has put a halt on the plans to put Racemo in production, according to a report on Autocar India magazine. The reason cited was the high cost of production. A budget of about Rs 250 crore was needed to have Racemo rolling off the production line, however, Tata Motors board decided that the investment should first be put to use in the commercial vehicle segment. The Racemo was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and was to be launched by Christmas. Now though, it seems the Racemo will remain a concept.
The Racemo is genuinely slated to be a quick car. Tamo claims it would accelerate to 100 kph in six seconds. Powering the Racemo will be a 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol aluminium engine that develops 186 hp and 210 Nm of torque.
The overall design and look of the car is pretty impressive too, especially because of the scissor doors. The car did look like it means business. It may have a small engine, but the brand worked hard to keep the weight low and sculpt the design to provide more downforce.
The Racemo, if and when put into production, will be available in two trims - a standard road going Racemo and Racemo+, which will be more track friendly. It will be built based on AMP (Advanced Modular Platform), that uses a mix of carbon fibre and aluminium for the body. The Futuro is likely to be sold through a separate chain of retailers.
The Racemo's chassis construction was developed by Marcello Gandini, the famed Italian car designer behind cars like the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, often considered one of the most iconic cars in the world.
It was expected to be priced at around Rs 25 lakh, which would make it the most affordable sports car in India. But for now, Tamo Racemo can only be driven virtually. It is featured on the gaming series Forza, and is the first Indian car ever to be included in Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 3.
Source: Autocar India magazine