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Suzuki to unveil racing car Hayabusa

Carrying a price tag of Rs 25 lakh, the car has been a leading player in motorsport activity in Japan and in the rest of Asia in the past two years. This single-seater racing car is powered by a 1299 cc petrol engine that belts out a maximum output of 173 bhp.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2004 15:04 IST
PTI

Specifications:

DOHC 16 valve 1299 cc petrol
173 bhp@ 9800 rpm
138 Nm@ 7000 rpm
Bore/ stroke- 81.0 x 63.0 mm
Compression ratio- 11.0: 1
6 speed sequential gearbox
Curb weight - 430 kgs
4050mm x 1680mm x 1100mm

To tap the demand for racing cars in the country, Maruti Udyog Ltd will showcase Suzuki's famous racing car, the Formula Suzuki Hayabusa, at the Auto Expo 2004. The car carries a price tag of Rs 25 lakh, sources said.

The Formula Suzuki Hayabusa is the top-of-the-category track racing car model in Suzuki's range. The car has been a leading player in motorsport activity in Japan and in the rest of Asia in the past two years. The Formula Hayabusa will be used to reinforce Suzuki's technology leadership in small cars all over the world.

This single-seater racing car is powered by a 1299 cc petrol engine that belts out a maximum output of 173 bhp. The engine and transmission of this track racing car is the same as the one used in Suzuki's Hayabusa GSX 130R motorcycle, the fastest bike in the world.

The Maruti Suzuki pavilion at the Auto Expo this time will demonstrate how Suzuki's experience in making motorbikes helps it in developing light, compact and performance-packed cars. The Formula Suzuki Hayabusa will be used to covey this central theme.

Suzuki's leadership in small cars is well known and it has been the number one minicar maker in Japan for the last 30 years.

After Suzuki took management control of Maruti, technology and research and development have been identified as thrust areas in Maruti. The company had recently launched a new Zen which was designed and styled entirely in-house. As per the plan, Maruti will be able to fully develop a new car model in India by 2007. Efforts to develop R&D capability at Maruti are underway at Maruti and Suzuki.

Maruti had not participated in the last Auto Expo in January 2002. This is the first Auto Expo being held in India after Suzuki took management control of Maruti in May 2002.

First Published: Jan 17, 2004 00:00 IST