Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc., the world
leader in off-road and All-Terrain Vehicles will be participating in one of the
most challenging desert rallies, the Desert Storm 2014.
The rally will get a ceremonial start from New Delhi
on the morning of February 24, , 2014. The actual start of the rally will be
from Sardarshahar, Churu in Rajasthan in the late night hours of February 24, 2014.
The rally will then traverse the demanding 2,500kms through the rough terrains
of Sardarshahar (Churu), Bikaner, Jaisalmer to finally come to a halt in Jaipur
on March 1, 2014. This year the rally will also continue into the night for 3
nights making the challenge even tougher for the participants.
The first two days, February 22 and 23 will be for the
administrative and technical scrutiny of the participating vehicles to ensure
adherence of safety norms issued by FIA, FIM and the Federation.
Polaris India is going to participate in the Desert
Storm 2014 for the third consecutive year. Upping the toughness quotient, this year Polaris will be participating
in the Xtreme 4 wheelers category T3 with its RZR XP 900 model which will be marking
its debut in the rally. The vehicle will
be driven by the company’s award-winning ace rider Raj Singh Rathore along with
navigator Vishnu Singh. Rathore had last year topped the Xtreme Quad category
at the Desert Storm 2013. The second Polaris entrant at the Desert Storm will
be the Polaris Sportsman 850 and will be driven byAnkush Gulati.
The RZR XP 900 is featured with Polaris exclusive
Optimised Mass Design. The engine and other components are strategically placed
to create the absolute lowest centre of gravity for ultimate razor sharp
performance, even in tough desert terrains.
Specifically built for an extreme performance, RZR XP
900 delivers fast throttle response, groundbreaking power and revolutionary
acceleration. The design ensures more power to the ground, less driveline noise
and lighter weight. The 3-Link Trailing Arm IRS to handle all that power,
paired with Dual-A-Arm front suspension with 13.5" of travel, further
soaks up the rough stuff and delivers a smooth, precise ride every time.
The RZR XP 900 is equipped with a passenger-side glove box which has 3 gallons of space for convenient,
water-resistant storage. It
comes with Front drive cage made from billet aluminium
and thick skid plate for added
durability. Its fit and finish in the cockpit minimises the heat and dust in
the cab and comes with durable dual clutch inlet which draws air in for low and
high speed cooling. Features which make it ideal to suit the intense desert
conditions of this Rally.
The Polaris Sportsman 850 is has a high-output 850 Twin
EFI engine with a SOHC cranks out 77 HP. It delivers unbeatable acceleration
off the line with incredible power to the ground. Add-in a clean fuel burn and
smooth power delivery with dual-balanced shafts and you've got the power you're
looking for to trail ride and hunt. The braking systems work together to
monitor and control downhill braking to give optimum control and smooth, even
deceleration during descents (less than 15 mph).
Speaking about Polaris’s participation in the Desert
Storm Rally2014, Pankaj Dubey,
Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., noted, “The Desert Storm2014 is a thrilling,
adrenaline pumping rally which will test for extreme survival for the
participants and the vehicles alike. Like always, we are excited to be a part
of this adventurous journey and are confident that our machine the RZR XP 900 and
Sportsman 850 will live up to the power and endurance that is a hallmark of all
Polaris models. With our adept and capable riders at the wheel we are
positively looking at a great, competitive rally for us.”