This is an important moment in Indian automotive history. For the first time ever, a sports car conceived and made in India has been showcased on Indian soil. The Tamo Racemo took everyone’s breath away in India when it was showcased in 2017, but that was at the Geneva Motor Show. This time, it is here in New Delhi at the Auto Expo 2018. And befitting for a sports car, the Racemo is at the frontline of Tata Motors’ Performance Zone stand. Click here to catch live news updates from the Auto Expo 2018. Also Read - BMW Launches G 310 R and G 310 GS Today in India; Price Starts at Rs 2.99 Lakh, Know More About Features, Specifications
When it was first showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Tamo Racemo came with a 1.20-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that could deliver 190 hp. The mid-engined, two-seater sports coupe has now come to India, and what strikes you first is its design. Interestingly, the Racemo got the Gold category German Design Award for International Excellence for its ‘Exceptional Product Design’ back in October 2017. Also Read - Honda Amaze 2018: Price in India, Launch Date, Images, Specs, Features, Interior - 7 Things to Know
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The Tata Performance Zone has some other entries as well. There are versions of the Tata Tigor and Tata Tiago, a sedan and hatchback respectively, both of them tuned and with sporty upgrades. They are the fruits of Tata’s new partnership with Jayem Automotives, announced in 2017. The Tigor Sport and Tiago Sport are first products to come from the new brand, JT Special Vehicles. Immediately visible on these models is the new Impact Design 2.0 philosophy’s underpinnings. There will also be a sporty body kit and a revised suspension system.
But let’s come back to the Tamo Racemo, for obvious reasons. There is the engine and the design that we talked about. There are also scissor doors, which looks pretty retro and works really well with the overall design of the car. The 1.2-litre engine doesn’t really scream sports car performance, but Tata has said that it has kept the weight of the car really low and designed the aerodynamics to deliver the best punch for the grunt available underneath.
The Racemo, when it comes, will have two versions. There will be the track-friendly Racemo+ and the road-friendly Racemo standard. Both cars are built on the Advanced Modular Platform or AMP, which uses aluminum and carbon fiber. Tamo has claimed that the Racemo can go from zero to 100 kmph in an impressive six seconds.