After a successful 2014 for Mahindra Racing, the coming year will bring with it a new chapter in the Mahindra Group’s MotoGP World Championship story.
India’s only constructor in Grand Prix racing scored three podiums in 2014 and regularly challenged at the front of the tight Moto3 pack. Mahindra finished third overall in the Moto3 Constructor rankings at the end of the 2014 season.
The 2015 season, Mahindra’s fifth in the World Championship, will see a shift in focus. As a full-fledged racing factory, Mahindra will provide nine of its competitive MGP3O, 250cc racers to four independent teams in the Moto3 class. “We have spent the past four years developing our skills in MotoGP while greatly improving the performance of the Mahindra MGP3O motorcycle,” said SP Shukla, chairman of Mahindra Racing.
“Having established Mahindra Racing as a competitive force in Moto3, we took the strategic decision to put all of our efforts into the development of our racing machinery and in providing technical support to our customers, rather than running our own team,” he added.
In order to enhance its focus on bike design and development, Mahindra Racing has invested in a new technical base at Besozzo near Varese in northern Italy. This facility will provide a MotoGP assembly, testing, manufacture, design and an R&D centre for Mahindra.
This new technical base is not the only major investment Mahindra will make in Europe to support its growing two-wheelers business. The company has also recently announced that it has taken a 51% stake in French automotive giant Peugeot’s scooter business.