The 16th edition of the 2018
Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm was flagged off from The Great India Place Noida
mall on March 18, 2018. The rally is set to explore new terrains, covering a
total distance of 2300 kms.
The rallyists will be
navigating through Rajasthan’s picturesque landscape over a span of six days,
traversing through Bikaner and finally concluding in Jaisalmer on March 23, to
announce the champions. The highlight of the rally will be the longest night
leg covering a distance of 160 kms in Jaisalmer.
This year marks the highest
participation of over 250 motorsport enthusiasts in the history of Maruti
Suzuki Desert Storm. Participating across four categories – XTreme, NDure,
Xplore and Moto, the rallyists will be challenging the terrains of Thar Desert
with temperatures as high as 40°C. These extreme conditions will prove to be
the ultimate test of vehicles and the mental and physical capabilities of the
The rally will see 6 times
champion Suresh Rana representing Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport in the Xtreme
category battling for the title again with over 50 tough competitors. Vitara
Brezza and S Cross is also set to make its debut in the Xtreme category, CS
Santosh, R Nataraj are betting big in the Moto category, along with another 48
A strong women contingent is
also a part of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm with over 12 women participating
across categories, with presence of renowned rallyists like Aishwarya Pissay,
Shuchi Thakur over others.
In its endeavor to take Indian
motorsports to the next level, ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned
affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation, has reaffirmed its partnership with Maruti
Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) and associated as the latter’s lubricant partner
for its hallmark rally – Desert Storm
The vast salt tracks, sand
traps and dunes of Bikaner and Jaisalmer present a grueling set of conditions
that test the endurance of both man and machine. With Mobil engine oil under
the hood, Desert Storm drivers can rely on the world’s leading synthetic engine
oil to deliver exceptional engine performance and protection – even under these
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