With just a few days to go for the Auto Expo 2018 which is slated to start on the 7th of February 2018. Tata motors have recently confirmed to Autocar that they will in fact be bringing the RaceMo flagship sports car. Now for those of you have missed the beat, the 190 hp RaceMo was first unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, as a part of Tata’s (now shelved) TaMo project. The mid-engined RaceMo sports coupe, makes a modest 190 hp from its 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol motor. The RaceMo may not be the most powerful sports coupe ever built but it does look the part winning the German Design Award in the Gold category for International Excellence in ‘Exceptional Product Design’, in October 2017.
However, the RaceMo is expected to sit as a Halo over the Tata Performance Zone, which will have the go-faster versions of the Tiago hatch and the Tigor sedan. The two performance oriented Tata siblings, will be the first of the performance oriented vehicles from Tata’s alliance with Jayem Automotive. For those of you unfamiliar with the Jayem name, Jayem Auto is an automotive R&D centre based in Coimbatore led by former racing star J Anand. Having produced the likes of the MRF F2000 Formula 3 race car, the 230 hp Super Nano, and the 265 hp V6 powered Indica Silhouette they are a formidable force in motorsport and performance. They are also likely to launch the Nano EV later this year badged as the Jayem Neo. Both, the Tata Tigor and the Tiago performance vehicles will benefit from Tata’s new Impact Design 2.0 philosophy.
Aside from a sportier body kit, the siblings will take a more serious stance on performance with revised suspension set ups, and are likely to be powered by the Nexon’s punch 110 hp 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol motor with a six-speed manual gearbox. Knowing Jayem automotives history with building go-faster Tata cars, both, the Tata Tigor hatch and the Tata Tiago are likely to be serious contenders in the still nascent performance car categories. The question remains as to whether Tata will in fact bring these on sale anytime soon.