The 17th edition of
the Maruti Suzuki Raid-De-Himalaya, the world’s highest altitude motoring rally
which kicks off on October 9, 2015 from Shimla, the Queen of hills, will see
action from the recently launched S-Cross, the premium luxury crossover from
Four S-Cross vehicles will be
debuting in this rally. Over 150 motorsport enthusiasts are expected to
participate and cover a total distance of approximately 2000 km over 6 days. The
S-Cross is offered in two diesel engine variants, a 1.3 litre and a 1.6 litre.
Known as one of the toughest
rallies with the most trying terrains, this year’s Raid will traverse through
an all-new and extra strenuous route. With the flag off from Shimla, the rally
will pass through some of the harshest, yet most picturesque landscapes of
Manali, Dalhousie, Rangdum and culminate at the valley city of Srinagar.
Split into Adventure and
X-treme, the rally will take its participants through some of the highest
altitudes – above 15000 ft, exposing them to the harshness of climate. With low
oxygen levels and temperatures dipping to -21 degrees centigrade during night,
the rally tests the endurance of the machine as well as the physical and mental
fitness of the participant. For the first time ever, Maruti Suzuki Swift,
India’s one of the most iconic brand will be participating in the Xtreme
Adding to the buzz are the
all-women teams, who promise to give tough competition to the men in the rally.
Bani Yadav, who has already been part of the Raid-de-Himalaya last year and
Dakshin Dare this year, is one to watch out for. This year has seen a total of around.
10 women participants, as against the average of five over the last few years.
Meanwhile, Manali man, Suresh Rana, nine times winner of Maruti Suzuki
Raid-de-Himalaya and three times winner of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally
will be back to raise the bar higher for the other drivers.
Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya
is one of the two off-road motor rallies from India listed in the annual
motorsport calendar of Switzerland based Federation Internationale Automobile
(FIA) and Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme (FIM). The Maruti Suzuki Raid
De Himalaya will be run in compliance with the International Sporting Code of
the FIA, National Competition Rules (NCR) & General Prescriptions of the
The rally is organised by
Himalayan Motorsport, formed in 1999 with the aim of conducting motor sporting
events in the Himalayan regions of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and
Uttarakhand. All members of HMA have been associated with motorsport for the
last 20 to 30 years as rally drivers or organisers, across the country. Many
are qualified Scrutineers and Stewards who have current Scrutineer and Steward
Licenses from the FMSCI.
wise info – table:
Collection of material and documents for competitors
Scrutiny – sealing and marking
Shimla – Baldeyan – Manali
Manali – Dalhousie
Dalhousie – Srinagar
Srinagar – Rangdum/ Zanskar
Rangdum / Zanskar
Rangdum/Zanskar – Srinagar
Prize distribution at Centaur Lakeside SKICC, Srinagar ,Departure
from the city
Source: Maruti Suzuki
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