Mahindra’s cheetah inspired XUV500 triumphed for the second time in a row, as Team Mahindra Adventure, won the ‘Rally of Maharashtra’, round – 2 of the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC). After winning top positions in the INSUVRC (Indian National SUV Rally Championship) class of the South India Rally, the team blazed the trails at Nasik and finished fastest yet again.
Mahindra is the first ever manufacturing company led entry into the INRC, and is also the first manufacturer to sponsor a round of the championship. The highlights of Team Mahindra Adventure’s triumph, was the spectacular performance of the Super XUV500 and the determination exuded by its driver, Gaurav Gill and co-driver, Musa Sheriff. The rally prepared vehicle, along with its driver, proved unbeatable and won the INSUVRC class and also finished fastest among all categories to win the ‘Star of Nasik’ title.
Contrary to popular belief that diesel cars are not as powerful as petrol cars, the Super XUV 500 accepted no limits and has emerged victorious twice in a row.
Speaking on the victory, Vivek Nayer, Chief Marketing Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “This spectacular victory by Super XUV500 is a testimony to the tough and rugged performance DNA of Mahindra vehicles. We were pitted against vehicles which are petrol driven but emerged undefeated for the second time in a row! We are proud to have been adjudged fastest in both the rounds of the INRC – in the South & in the West – as well as having won the INSUVRC class in both rallies.”
Mr. Nayer further added, “After participating and organizing TSD (Time, Speed and Distance) rallies like Monsoon Challenge and Spice Challenge, Mahindra has taken a step further by supporting motor sports events in India and we are pleased with the enthusiastic participation in the ‘Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra’.
The win at this rally is all the more special, since one of our largest manufacturing facilities is based out of Nasik, which was also the rally headquarters.”
About Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra –
The Rally of Maharashtra has been in the motor sports calendar for 13 years now and is the only tarmac rally in the country. Organised by Western India Sports Association (WISA) under the aegis of FMSCI, the ‘Mahindra Adventure Rally of Maharashtra’ was the 2nd round of the INRC. The stages were run between Sinnar and Bhandardara area of Nagar District, in Maharashtra. Sinnar is an industrial area, 30 km from Nashik on the Nashik- Pune road.
There were 3 stages in the event, repeated twice on Leg 1, Saturday, June 8th, and once on Sunday, June 9th. SS 1 (Alpha) was 14 km, SS 2 (Beta) was 16 km and SS 3 (Gamma) was 7 km. A Super Special Stage was held at Dadasaheb Phalake Smarak, on the Mumbai- Agra road, 3 km away from the rally HQ.
Image Credit – Mahindra XUV500 (on Facebook)