setting the country side on fire with its adventure motorcycles and an equally adventurous
spirit, motorcycle major Royal Enfield is now planning to set the tracks on
fire in India. The company announced the debut of the Royal Enfield Continental
GT Cup 2021 - a unique retro track-racing initiative.
Continental GT Cup sits at the intersection of increasing interest in
motorcycle track racing, and the need for accessible forms of racing and
training in India.
the Continental GT Cup 2021 finale, Royal Enfield will also introduce track
schools in India with an intent to provide easy and professional training
access to eager enthusiasts who wish to learn motorcycle racing or simply want
to improve their overall riding skills.
by JK Tyre Motorsports and organised under the aegis of Federation of
Motorsports Club of India (FMSCI), the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup will
debut at the JK National Racing Championship 2021, and will be conducted in
accordance with the regulations of the FMSCI. The Continental GT Cup 2021 will
have four rounds starting October 2021, culminating in January, 2022.
on the launch of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup, and speaking about Royal
Enfield’s motivation to foray into motorsports, Adrian Sellers - Custom
Programme Lead & Manager, Product Strategy & Industrial Design at Royal
Enfield said, “Nurturing and encouraging the spirit of pure motorcycling has
been the core philosophy of Royal Enfield for over a century. With a long
history of rides and events that have spawned riding communities across the
world, we have also actively engaged in
racing, with success in top level racing events such as 1914 Isle of Man
TT, the 1960 Big Bear Run, the 2020 Daytona at the American Flat Track, and the
2021 DTRA Flat Track ‘Twins Class’ Championship, among several others.”
2019, we developed two race ready Continental GT 650 motorcycles with Harris
Performance, leveraging their 40 years of racing experience to make the most
track worthy GTs we could, all without fundamentally changing the base motorcycles.
The result exceeded our expectations, and so we are excited to continue that
story and launch the Continental GT Cup, an exciting and engaging entry into
retro track-racing and motorsports,” he added.
the increased interest in track-racing in India, the Continental GT Cup offers
aspiring racers the opportunity to show and grow their skills on the top race
circuits in India. The Continental GT 650 is the most track-ready motorcycle in
our portfolio, and with just a few modifications, the race prepped Continental
GT-R650 version makes it the ideal machine for the track. We are expecting a spectacular first season
this year and we hope to foster the spirit of track-racing year-on-year,”
Continental GT was the first factory built, production cafe racer and through
the years has embodied the spirit of retro racing. Inspired by the British
road-racing and cafe-to-cafe racing culture of the 1960s, the original
Continental GT 250 was launched in 1964 and was quickly lauded as ‘Britain’s
Fastest 250’. Sporting a bold red fibreglass tank complete with Monza filler
cap, clip-on handlebars, rear-sets, flyscreen and a swept-back sports exhaust,
the GT 250 was an accomplished, born-to-race street motorcycle. Starting with
the 250 of the 1960s and continuing through the GT 535 of 2014 to the GT 650
twin of today, the Royal Enfield Continental GT has remained the quintessential
retro racing virtues are evident in the GT 650’s excellent road manners, which
in recent times have proved to be a very capable platform for competition. In
the recent years, the Continental GT 650 has definitely proved its mettle in
the pursuit of speed.
In 2018, Cayla Rivas set a new land speed
record of 157 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats on her specially tuned and
modified Continental GT 650. The Nought Tea GT 650 was victorious in the 2019
Bike Shed Festival Cafe Racer Cup, with first and second places won by Royal
Enfield riders Paul Young and Curtis Wright. Paul also won the Wheels and Waves
Punks Peak sprint on the Sinroja Continental GT 650 and Curtis took second
place riding the same GT at Glemseck 101.
Continental GT 650 is a complete package. While in development, its simplicity,
agility and reliability was proved during tens of thousands of hours of track
testing. This compelled Royal Enfield to begin to dream of a same-make race
series. Its excellent torque and power delivery combined with a superb chassis
meant the Continental GT-R650 required few changes for track racing duty. With
the GT Cup opening up real-world retro track racing in India, thousands of
enthusiasts now have the opportunity to enjoy the full potential of the
track-spec Continental GT-R650 has minimalistic, yet purpose-built performance
modifications which offer an un-intimidating, agile and spirited performance on
track. Furthermore, the simple, old-school build of the motorcycle makes it
delightfully easier in terms of maintenance and repair, making it an ideal
track tool that is easy for novices to learn on and an equally capable machine
in the hands of experienced racers.
GT-R650 boasts of a stiffer race-tuned suspension, both front and rear, for
enhanced handling at higher speeds. Lowered race clip-on handlebars have been
added along with rear-set footpegs for a race tuck, enhancing rider
aerodynamics and enabling higher lean angles. The GT-R650 has been made lighter
by 24 kgs by keeping only the essentials required for racing.
stock exhaust has been replaced with a bespoke stainless steel full system
exhaust that is tuned to give 12% more power. The motorcycle will come with a
specially designed fairing and belly pan that provides greater aerodynamics and
gives the GT-R650 its quintessential retro racer look. The motorcycle will be
equipped with soft compound race tyres by JK Tyres to ensure enhanced grip
& braking while offering better cornering speed & feedback.
process for the Continental GT Cup has gone live till 17:00 hrs on September
30, 2021. From the registered participants, 100 eligible riders will make it to
the Rider Selection Programme at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore from October
18 to 19, 2021, where the 18 fastest riders will be shortlisted. They will then
battle it out for the Continental GT Cup for a total of 4 rounds at the JK NRC,
with the first 3 being held in October, November, and December at the Kari
Motor Speedway, Coimbatore, followed by the Grand Finale in January 2022 at the
Buddh International Circuit, Noida.
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