Mahindra’s XUV 500 created history in Indian motorsports by becoming the first Diesel car to win a podium place in the Extreme category at the Desert Storm rally 2012.
Mahindra’s XUV500 secured first place in the recently held Desert Storm 2012 – one of India’s toughest tests for both man and machine. Apart from that, the XUV500 also set three special stages ablaze by clocking the fastest time in each.
Contrary to the belief that diesel cars are non competitive as compared to petrol powered cars, the XUV500 emerged triumphant in the Extreme category. Gaurav Gill, three time National champion and APRC winning driver and Lohitt Urs, INRC winning driver were chosen to drive the cars under the Mahindra Adventure Rally programme. Nicknamed ‘Super XUV500’, one of the rally prepared cars, driven by Lohitt Urs proved its mettle by moving from the 35th position on day 1 to 3rd position overall on day 5, marking the biggest
comeback ever in the Indian Automotive Motorsports history!
On the penultimate day, over the 395 km long special off-road stage, Lohitt overtook six vehicles and the XUV500 averaged a scorching pace of 98 kph!
Covering 3,500km in six days, the 10th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Rally saw the largest participation ever. This year, the first leg, which also had a night stage, commenced from New Delhi. After a round trip through Rajasthan and Gujarat, that included crossing the Thar Desert and the flat lands of the Rann of Kutch, the rally ended in Ahmedabad. This year’s edition had over 280 participants, with close to 50 entries in the extreme category.
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