The first intriguing bit has been given out already, Tata's T1 PRIMA race truck comes with an engine that churns out a whopping 1000 bhp, and what that does is propel the truck from 0-160 km/hour in under 10 seconds. That's a very impressive figure for a massive truck. The T1 PRIMA has been developed for the season 4 of T1 PRIMA TRUCK Racing Championship. Tata Motors will showcase the truck, which is the most powerful truck in India, at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, UP on 19th March, and it should be a sight to behold as the trucks will be made to do some hot laps around the track.
The engine for the truck was developed under the collaboration of Tata Motors and Cummins Inc of the US, which has been a leading name in manufacturing diesel engines. In India, Tata Motors and Cummins Inc, have a joint venture company called Tata Cummins Pvt Ltd, which was established in 1994. It has been developing high performance engines in the range of 75 to 400 hp, that comply with current and future emission norms, and are also serviceable globally. The company has its facility in Jamshedpur.
The truck has a 12 litre ISGe Cummins engine that is mounted in the middle for even weight distribution, and develops 1040 hp at 2600 rpm and torque of 3500 Nm at 1600–2200 rpm. The power is delegated by an all-new ZF 16-speed gear box. With such immense power comes the issues of heating. The T1 PRIMA comes with an intercooler mounted vertically and radiator with two cooling fans inside the closed duct. There are also additional nozzles for water spray on the radiator and intercooler to enhance cooling efficiency.
The cabin is fitted with a roll cage, the steering wheel is a detachable and comes with a 20-degree castor angle for better control on corners. It also gets race seats. The T1 PRIMA has a fancy electronic toy onboard. It can be remotely diagnosed through an app. The driver gets an information touch screen that is also used for the rear view camera and GPS.
India’s only truck racing championship is organised by Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), with safety and performance standards as per the guidelines of the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA). Conducted under the aegis of FIA & FMSCI, the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship will feature Tata PRIMA race trucks, built for the purpose. A one-make championship, six teams will compete in the PRO CLASS CATEGORY of the T1 PRIMA Truck Racing Championship.