Thomas Chacko, a Kochi-based, 62-year – old avid motoring enthusiast, has been driving for the past 40 years. He has been involved in various motor rallies and long distance drives over the years. He had a dream project to undertake a 78 day tour of 100 towns and cities across the length and breadth of India in world’s cheapest car – Tata Nano.
Mr. Chacko commenced this 78 day expedition on May 3, 2012 and end on July 21st. During the expedition, Mr. Chacko traversed across 26,500 kms, visited all Indian state Capitals, Union Territories and over 100 small towns along his route.
Tata Nano has proved its worth in Chacko’s expeditions from heights of Bhutan, Ladakh and Khardung La to depths of Kanyakumari tackling most rugged of terrain to lush green topography of the countryside. Tata Nano has been a dependable vehicle through this 78 day expedition and has lived upto the test of endurance whatever road and weather conditions.
Chacko had chosen the Tata Nano as it is the one vehicle that drew enormous attention when it was launched. Being the world’s cheapest car it was looked upon with a great deal of apprehension but the vehicle has lived upto expectations in more ways than one. It has good ground clearance and is a good performer where on road and off road conditions are concerned.
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Refresher – Tata Nano is powered by a 623cc, twin cylinder, liquid cooled engine that delivers 38 PS of peak power and 51 Nm of peak torque. Tata Motors claims an ARAI certified mileage figure of 25.4 Kmpl, making it the most fuel efficient petrol car in the country. The car will soon be available with a CNG-petrol dual fuel variant while a diesel variant is under development.
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