News : Geneva 2017 – Tata Racemo, with a little help from our friends?
One of the less publicised, but still significant unveilings at Geneva was the new Tamo Racemo, a concept from Tata Motors. The new car is designed to be small, light and very strong, but it won’t be expensive – although no pricing details have been announced, it could well cost MX-5 money when it goes on sale towards the end of 2017.
It’s currently a concept, but one that’s heading for production. It’s built on a patented MOFlex Multi-Material Sandwich (MMS) structure, a modular platform on which the automaker can design cars across all segments. Remind you of Lotus? It should…
What’s under the engine cover?
What’s interesting about the Tamo is that it’s designed to be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine delivering 187bhp. Doesn’t sound a lot, but given the similarities with the Lotus Elise in its makeup, we can see that being more than enough. What makes this concept even more interesting is that we hear that JLR Engineers are also working hard on updating Tata Motors cars – is this one of them?
The car is available in two forms – the Racemo and the Racemo Plus. Tata Motors CEO and Managing Director Guenter Butschek said at its unveiling: ‘We’re going beyond the borders of India, and here we’re presenting to the future of mobility.’ What we’re hoping is that it will be as cheap as it’s fun.
We liked the fact that Tata allowed us to ‘drive’ the car on the stand – it’s available on an interactive gaming platform in Microsoft’s XBox game Forza Horizon 3.