Tata Motors will be showcasing
its latest powerful truck, the 1000 bhp Prima Race Truck during the T1 Prima
Truck Racing Championship to be held on March 18-19, 2017 at the Buddh
International Circuit (BIC). The peak torque generated is 3500 Nm @ 1600 – 2200
This most powerful ‘Built in
India’ truck can accelerate from 0-160 km/hour within 10 seconds. It is similar
to global race trucks that compete in the UK and Europe races, under FIA. The race truck is powered by a 1040 HP, 12
litre ISGe Cummins engine mounted in the centre of the chassis for equal weight
distributions over axles. The engine is mated to an all-new ZF 16-speed gear
box with hydraulic assisted gear shifting which gives comfort to the driver
while shifting the gears.
The chassis consists of a box
type frame, specially made with 2 cross members only Sub-frame – reinforced
with frame to enhance structural rigidity of frame, as well for packaging
components . The racing seat is Inclined (slipping mode) type, while the
steering wheel is a detachable type fitted with 20-degree castor angle for
better steer-ability and self-centering at corners. The cabin is a Day Cab
fitted with Roll Cage .
The engine cooling system consists
of an intercooler mounted vertically & Inclined mounted radiator with 2
cooling fans inside the closed duct. There are additional nozzles for water
spray on radiator & intercooler to enhance cooling efficiency.
Front and rear axle mounted
with disc type brakes are fitted in this truck for higher braking efficiency and
speedy cooling. The suspension is made
up of two leaf springs, pneumatic shock absorbers with 3 adjustment and displacement
For brake disc cooling, air
pressurised water is fed to brake discs through sensor based nozzle jets.
Primary cooling through continuous water flow and secondary jet operate
automatically on increase of brake disc temperature. There are three aluminium tanks
with a total capacity 180 litres of water fitted in the truck.
The fuel tank is made of light
weight material aluminium with a fuel cooler and can store 80 litres of fuel. As
a safety measure there is a power cut off switch which is mounted at the rear
and can be operated manually, as well as mechanically.
The T1 Prima Truck Racing
Championship is now entering season4. The engine of the all-new 1000 bhp T1
race truck is being developed in collaboration with Cummins Inc. of the U.S., a
world leader in diesel engines. Season 4 will also see accomplished racers from
FIA’s European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) competing in the championship
for the very first time.
The ETRC will be represented
by six racers from the rest of Europe, who will compete in the Pro Class category
alongside six British drivers from the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA),
who have raced in T1 since the sport was first introduced in 2014. Among these are Spanish Antonio Albacete,
three time ETRC Champion (2005, 2006 & 2010), Hungarian Nobert Kiss, two
time ETRC Champion (2014 & 2015) and T1’s first woman driver Stephanie
In Season 4, Tata Motors has
also partnered with some of the country’s leading automotive brands. These are Wabco
– Official Braking Technology Partner, JK Tyre – Official Tyre Partner, Castrol
– Official Lubricant Partner, Cummins – Official Engine Technology Partner and
Tata Technologies – Official Technology Partner.
India’s only truck racing
championship is organised by Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), with safety and
performance standards as per the guidelines of the British Truck Racing
Association (BTRA). Conducted under the aegis of FIA & FMSCI, the T1 Prima
Truck Racing Championship will feature Tata Prima race trucks, built for the
purpose. A one-make championship, six teams will compete in the Pro Class
Category of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship.