The Indian car company, Tata, just premiered their 2017 Tata Racemo Concept at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. It comes from the company’s new Tamo subsidiary brand that focuses primarily on new ideas and technologies as well as creating exciting low-volume models and concepts that will help build up Tata’s image worldwide. The Racemo sports car concept will be Tamo’s first showing and not a bad way to start off at all.
Exterior and Interior
The new concept will be built on a modular platform labeled MOFlex Multi-Material Sandwich or MMS in short. In terms of design, the Racemo two-seater sports car is created to cater to the Indian market with its mid-engine layout and miniscule size. Tata claims their new model blends the physical and digital worlds together, creating an adventurous atmosphere for more audacious car enthusiasts. The Racemo features advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring and updated that are conducted through Microsoft cloud-based technologies.
However, where things really start to get fun is the vehicles Forza Horizon 3 link. Tata will try to engage the gamer inside of you with the Microsoft’s new video game in which you will be able to drive the Recamo from the comfort of your home gaming station. In this case, only Xbox One and Microsoft 10 can apply. But interestingly enough, the Racemo will be the first Indian brand vehicle to be featured in a game.
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Engine and Powertrain
Under the hood, the new 2017 Tata Racemo Concept is holding a turbocharged 1.2-liter line-3 engine that is capable of delivering up to 187 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. It will come mated to a paddle-shifted automated manual transmission, while the power will be sent strictly to the rear wheels. This setup will take the Racemo to go from zero to 60 mph in approximately 6 seconds.
In Geneva, Tata also announced their new partnership with the Volkswagen Group, with whom it will work on joint projects in India. Their first project will be the Volkswagen Skoda, for which Tata will help develop new market studies, mobility services, vehicle components and vehicle concepts. They have reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding and further projects will be announced within a couple of months.
What this partnership indicates is that Volkswagen is planning to expand into the Indian market, an area where many foreign car companies found difficult to penetrate. Perhaps the only somewhat successful one has been Suzuki, Volkswagen’s old frenemy they once also tried to court.
2017 Tata Racemo Concept Release Date and Price
The 2017 Tata Racemo Concept will be followed by a production model that is scheduled to go on sale sometime next year. However, the release will be limited to only 250 models. Tata is also planning to release a dedicated racing version of this concept, named the Racemo+ sometime in the future.
2017 Tata Racemo Concept at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show:
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