Tata RaceMo sportscar’s production plans shelved according to a recent report as the brand focuses on improving its CV business instead
Tata Motors’ seem to have dropped the plans to put RaceMo into production according to a recent report emerged on the internet. Citing Autocar India magazine as the source, the homegrown manufacturer’s board of directors are going to spend the required Rs. 250 crore on the CV business front instead of pouring them all into making the sportscar.
The high production costs that will obviously be incurred by the mid-engine sportscar have been pointed as the reason for giving up on the ambitious project. The RaceMo caused a lot of stir and excitement to the performance enthusiasts in the country when it stormed into the scenes at 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
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With such a dramatic debut, it was confirmed to be scheduled for launch later this year with a price of around Rs. 25 lakh. But everything appears to be shelved as Tata aims to get back the lost market share in commercial business. Marcello Gandini, the Italian designer who’s responsible for Lamborghini Countach, was said to have overseen the chassis construction of the RaceMo.
The production of RaceMo, which will remain as a conceptual study, was said to be limited to just 250 units earlier. The sharp pointed nose, raked windscreen and sloped roofline made us wonder about a possible Lotus Elise-like nimble sportscar when the concept was released. It was a hard-top taking power source from a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine found under the Bolt and Zest.
But it tuned for higher performance and turbocharged to pump out a maximum power output of 190 PS at 6,500 rpm and 210 Nm of peak torque at 2,500 rpm. The RaceMo is built on a new lightweight MOFlex platform using MMS (Multi-Material Sandwich) structure technology enabling greater freedom in surface design, efficient large-scale part integration leading to modularity and faster time to market. It was claimed to sprint from zero to 100 kmph in under six seconds.