Indian motor sports is set for a major technological leap with German automobile giant Volkswagen planning to launch a Formula car racing series soon.
The talks are at a nascent stage but the very thought of Formula racing should set the Indian drivers’ pulse racing. This is the first time that a car manufacturer is entering the Indian scene that has been dominated and controlled by two tyre companies, JK Tyres and MRF.
But, not surprisingly, VW would launch the series in partnership with JK Tyres, who have the support of Federation of Motor Sport Clubs in India (FMSCI), the new governing body for Indian motor sport.
Priya Thangaveloo, head of Racing and Driver Relations for Volkswagen, was at the Kari Motor Speedway here over the weekend and revealed that the proposed series could involve cars of 145 bhp with Dalara chassis.
"The cars would be very similar to what Ashwin Sundar (VW's brand ambassador) drives in the Formula ADAC series in Germany," Thangaveloo said.
Although the details are sketchy, what augurs well for the Indians is the fact that VW emphasise on grooming young drivers. This will be the first time that they would be launching a Formula series outside Germany. That is a principle shared by JK Tyres, said their head of motor sports, Sanjay Sharma. "We had six other offers but we chose VW as our aim was to give them a taste of the advanced technology at an affordable cost," said Sharma.