Maruti Suzuki will now soon be
lording over the high seas too. Procam International, known for hosting long
distance running in the country, especially the Mumbai marathon, is launching
the Nexa P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas in Mumbai.
The Nexa P1 Powerboat, Indian
Grand Prix of the Seas, is the brainchild of P1 Global, the world’s leading
maritime motor sports brand in partnership with Procam International. Of course
the entire event will be supported by Indian and global institutions, partners,
federations, governments, agencies and sponsors, reinforced by the endorsement
of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the global governing federation.
Nexa’s association with Procam
as the Title Sponsor of the P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas fits
the premium brand image of Nexa. Nexa, is a lifestyle destination brand that is
owned by Maruti Suzuki, which caters to not just automotive buying experience
but also builds a lifestyle experience for its consumers just like P1, the
sport, which encapsulates vibrant experiences.
The Government of Maharashtra,
the Mumbai Port Trust, and the Indian Navy, the fifth-largest navy in the world
supports this initiative. The event is being conducted under the auspices of
the Maharashtra Tourism and Development Corporation (MTDC) and implemented
under the aegis of the Yachting Association of India (YAI), while being
sanctioned by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM). The Government of
India and the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs have also extended their
Nexa P1 Powerboat, India Grand
Prix of the Seas, is the first of the UIM recognized Grand Prix of the
Seas. The 5-tier hierarchal structure
will consist of a World Cup at the apex (to be held biennially starting in
2020) the Grand Prix of the Seas series, which will define a World Champion,
inter-continental series, national series and regional series in orders of
level of competition.
The race weekend for the
Indian Grand Prix of the Seas will have 7 teams competing, with every team
comprising of two P1 Panther powerboats, each manned by a pilot and navigator
competing in identical boats along a 5.2 km defined race track, the first ever
on water. The podium teams will be decided by the combined best times of both
boats based on the skills of the team’s pilots and navigators post two races on
March 4, Saturday, and one Grand Final on Sunday, March 5th. With the best
pilots and navigators from the world participating in this event, the race
weekend will also be witness to the first-ever sport in India that has male and
female as equal participants, with skill and strategy deciding the winner.
A 28-foot powerboat powered by
a 250 HP engine, reaches a maximum speed of 120 km/hr on water, an equivalent
of 240 km/hr on land.
With a low centre of gravity
providing greater stability and improved handling, the P1 Panther is also
designed to race in just 6 feet of water resulting in a fan-friendly,
close-to-shore racing experience.
The P1 Panther has been
specially designed to make this a truly green racing event. With low emissions,
it is unbeatable on clean and quiet performance and has been given the Clean
Air Excellence Award by the EPA. The boat has been certified under EU standards
and has a 3-STAR CARB rating which means 65% fewer emissions than 1-STAR
engines. It emits less noise and no smoke, uses less fuel and requires no oil
changes thanks to the advanced fuel and oil injection system.
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