Geneva Motor Show is a hotbed of new launches and future concepts. An Indian car manufacturer, Tata, has always showcased its products here, and this year isn’t any exception. Before you rack your brains as to what is Tata, we'll answer the question for you. They are the owners of Jaguar and Land Rover. This year, however, Tata decided to send shockwaves by showcasing a futuristic concept car that’s near production, and boy does it look good.
Tata’s sub-brand for sports cars, Tamo, will be the manufacturer of this beauty and the car is called Racemo. Designed at the Tata Motor’s studio in Turin, Italy, the Racemo styling is a mix of race car and road worthy minimalistic design language.
The car is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 1.2L Revotron engine that is tuned to produce 190hp at 6,500rpm and 210Nm of torque at 2,500rpm. What makes this engine more impressive is Mini Cooper S with its 2.0L engine makes 192hp. Power is transmitted via a 6-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) with push button reverse and paddle shifters. All this technology propels the car to do 0 to 60mph in 6 seconds.
Tamo's Racemo features connected car technologies from Microsoft. There are not many details as to what Microsoft is offering in the car, but there is certainty as to advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring, and over-the-air updates using Microsoft cloud-based technologies. The driver will be interacting with this technology using three MMI screens on the dashboard.
Racemo is built on patented MOFlex material that is a sandwich structure of multi-materials that transcends into greater freedom in surface design and more efficient large-scale part integration. As per Tata, this is the first time this material is used in automotive industry to make passenger vehicles.
There is a Racemo+ version too, but that is a hard core race version of Racemo. One can still take the car for a spin on the Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 3. Racemo is the first Indian car to be available on this gaming platform.