6. Powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine
It’s under the hood that Tata’s really packed a real shocker. While Tata is over the moon with the Racemo’s looks, the automaker has brought the car back down to earth in terms of engines. Whilst it has supercar-like independent double-wishbone suspension all around and a mid-engined layout, the engine compartment only houses a rather diminutive 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor. Tata claims that this twin-turbocharged iteration of its Revotron engine is good for 190hp at 6,500rpm; early simulations and tests don’t see it revving beyond 5,500rpm. We are also a touch sceptical about the claimed power output which works out to a potent 159hp/litre. It’s hard to achieve such a high specific output without sophisticated valve timing and direct injection.
7. Uses a six-speed AMT gearbox
If the engine wasn’t enough of a shocker, Tata has opted to use a six-speed AMT gearbox in conjunction with the engine. AMT gearboxes have generally been deemed as slow and clunky with the best use being for budget cars. However, the Lamborghini Aventador also comes with its own derivative of an AMT gearbox, so we’ll have to see how Tata has addressed the limitation of this gearbox technology.
8. Will feature connected car technologies
The Racemo will also feature connected car technologies from Tata’s new partnership with Microsoft. The company hasn’t divulged specific details yet, but says the car will have advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring and over-the-air updates using Microsoft cloud-based technologies. Drivers will be able to interact with these tech bits via three displays mounted ahead of the steering.
9. Will be India’s first kit car
Interestingly, the Racemo is set to become Tata’s first kit car. The car’s MOFlex structure will allow the car to be built from just a handful of larger, basic modules instead of the hundreds of small components that typically make a regular car.
Guenter Butschek, CEO of Tata Motors, told us that the Racemo will indeed be built at workshop setups around the country and not necessarily from a large, central factory; a hint of this being the ‘Made in Mumbai’ decal that the show car sported. Elaborating further, Butschek said that dealers, except those willing to scale up to this operation model, won't be retailing this car.
10. Estimated price of Rs 25 lakh
When the Racemo does go on sale in India, we could expect a sticker price in the region of Rs 25 lakh.
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