Rallying is an extremely challenging sport – a true test of man and machine. These are events that are held on roads, closed to the public for the duration of the event – on various surfaces such as gravel, mud and tarmac. In rallies car run one at a time, with the aim of taking the shortest time from the designated start to an end point. The INRC, or Indian National Rally Championship, consists of seven rounds across the country on a number of different surfaces. There are several rally cars in India that are best suitable for Indian roads and definitely every participant’s desire.
Rally Cars in India
Suzuki Swift Rally Car
The new model of Suzuki Swift Rally Car is unique of its kind and specially designed to compete in the global market. The design of the new Swift was previewed on the Concept S and Concept S2 concept cars at auto show prior to its launch. Its proportions and essential shape are similar to that of BMW MINI. Though Suzuki had a venerable relationship with General Motors but the new Swift is from Suzuki. Standard equipment includes leather steering wheel, dual air-bag, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), front disk brake with rear drum brake, sliding storage under passenger seat, single CD player. Since its global launch in 2005, Mkq4 Swift recorded above forecast sales.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the best car for indian roads especially for rallies. It has the best road grip and max speed of 170kmphr with good mileage of 13.5kmpl. The best thing about the car is its pick up and stability on the road. The VXi model gives everything what an owner would like to have. The only hindrance for the success of this car was price point and the marketing efforts by Maruti Suzuki India.
Esteem is the ideal car to get started in rallying. Today in the INRC, most of the cars are either cedias or esteems. If you are the kind of person who are always ready for a rally, the Esteem MPFI is the car for you. What is most impressive is its rally car like acceleration. The Esteem is faster than any other mid-size segment car, including the Lancer.
Maruti Gypsy was introduced in the Indian market in December 1985 with the 970 cc F10A Suzuki engine. It instantly replaced Premier Padmini as the typical Indian rally car due to its performance, reliability and the go-anywhere capability. The carbureted F10A engine made 45 bhp and was mated to a 4 speed gearbox. The 4WD transfer case had 2 speeds. It had a freewheeling mechanism on the front axles made by Aisin to unlock the front axles from the hub when 4WD is not used. It reduced rolling resistance, thereby improving fuel efficiency. The Gypsy was exported to countries like Chile and Kenya. Within Europe, it is most often found in Malta and Hungary.
Lancer Cedia is a car from the Mitsubishi-Hindustan Motors stable and is manufactured at the company’s plant in Chennai. Recently the Lancer Cedia has won the Indian Rally Championship K1000 circuit held at Bangalore. The Lancer Cedia made its debut at the Championship on a winning note by defeating its closest competitor by a comfortable 52 seconds margin. This is the first time in the history of the championship that a debutant vehicle won the championship. Lancer Cedia signifies rally proven toughness, excellent drivability, great ride comfort along with latest technological advancements which establishes Cedia as the leader in its class.
The first Lancer (A70) was launched in February 1973 by Mitsubishi Motors. It filled the gap between the Minica kei car and the larger Galant. The sporting 1600 GSR model began the Lancer’s long and successful rally history. The car won the Safari Rally twice and the Southern Cross Rally four times. There were three body styles, two- and four-door sedans and a long-running five-door station wagon. Later it was replaced by the front-wheel drive Lancer/Mirage Van in March 1984. Engines were different 1.2 liter, 1.4 liter, and 1.6 liter fours. This car was marketed under a variety of names in various other countries outside India. In the Latin American countries Lancer is known as Dodge Lancer, in USA it is Dodge Colt and in Australia the car is called as Chrysler Valiant Lancer.