Indian's are taking to motor racing passionately. However, does India have a single-seater race car that can breed Indian racers for the big league? MRF has noticed the breeding platform is not conducive, and they now have introduced the MRF Challenge 2012.
MRF has strongly been involved in the international rallying scene, and it believes its time to get the young racers up to the mark. The MRF Challenge 2012, will now provide the perfect breeding ground for upcoming racers in India.
The MRF Challenge single seater cars will be powered by a 2.0 liter Renault engine. The engine will be mated to a six speed sequential gearbox, from Hewland, the British engineering company, which specializes in racing car gearboxes.
The chassis is secured from Italian Chassis manufacturer Dallara Automobili, who is well known for producing the fastest, safest racing cars with the highest of standards of build quality. Some of Dallara's clients are Formula 3, IndyCar, GP2 and more.
MRF will be involved in providing high performance racing tyres. The final spark, in the MRF single seater, will be provided by the legendary Indian tuner J Anand.
The MRF Challenge 2012 will witness four rounds. The first two rounds, will be held as support races. The first MRF Challenge race will be held at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix at Buddh. The second race, will also be held at BIC during the Indian round of FIA GT1 championship. For the last two rounds, the racers will head back to the Madras Motor Racing Track, Sriperumbudur.
Thus, would this challenge, eventually be the breeding ground, which would give birth to an Indian Formula1 Champion? At least for now, there is something to look forward from the MRF Challenge 2012. For sure, the racers will be treated to fast single seater cars with highest standard of build quality and good price money.
MRF Challenge 2012 Tentative Dates:
Round 1: Support Race for 2012 Indian Grand Prix (Between October 26 and 28)
Round 2: Support Race for 2012 FIA GT1 Championship (Between November 30 and December 2)
Round 3 First Weekend of February 2013
Round 4: Second Weekend of February 2013
MRF Challenge Prize Money:
INR 30 lakhs Championship Winner
INR 20 lakhs 1st Runner-up
INR 15 lakhs 2nd Runner-up