Etios Motor Racing draws good response
Toyota Kirloskar Motor, on Saturday, launched the Etios Motor Racing (EMR) series here. The one-make series will feature the Etios and Liva cars from the Toyota stables and is part of the Japanese carmaker’s Toyota Racing Development (TRD) arm.
Addressing a press meet here, Hidehisa Nagae, executive managing coordinator-marketing, said: “We want to provide customers the ‘waku-doki’ experience, which means excitement, joy and fun. At the same time, we wanted a technical challenge and also wanted contribute to the local motorsport culture.” Hitoshi Fukui (managing coordinator, marketing division) and RK Ramesh (general manager, conversion and accessories division) were also present at the launch.
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Selection of drivers for the series began with online registrations, which was as high as 3303. The number was pruned down to 900 and reduced to 70 after the first camp. The first camp has just concluded after auditions in Pune, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. In the first camp, the applicants were taught the basics of racing like posture and racing lines. In the second (in Bangalore, May 18-20), there will be a dedicated trainer for each driver, track time and lectures, theory, analysis and training. The third will be at the Madras Motor Race Track (Irangattukottai, Sriperumbudur). The 70 will be reduced to the final number of 25 after the second and third camps. The first camp saw evaluations being done on karts, while the second one will be the same. The third camp will see the Etios race cars being used. For the actual races in 2013, the Kari Motor Speedway (Coimbatore), MMRT and BIC tracks will be used.
The evaluators in the first camp were former and current rally and race drivers N Leelakrishnan, Farad Bhathena, Nawaz Sandhu, Karna Kadur, Amittrajit Ghosh and Karnadeep Singh Sandhu.
Asked about the extent of modifications on the cars, Ramesh said: “There will be no modifications on the stock engine. Only suspension and safety modifications have been done. The idea is not to make it too different from stock cars.”
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