Polaris Ready To Raid De Himalaya

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Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries, one of the biggest off-road and All-Terrain vehicle manufacturers, is participating in the 16th edition of one of the toughest and the world's highest mountain rallies - Raid de Himalaya, which started on the 3rd of October, 2014. The rally will go on till the 11th of October.

Polaris India, which is participating for the third time in the rally, will compete with the RZR XP 900 model driven by veteran rallyist, Raj Singh Rathore, who won the Moto Quad Category in 2012. Rathore is being navigated by Rihen Bhardwaj.

The RZR XP 900 features the Optimized Mass Design wherein the engine and other components are strategically placed to create the lowest centre of gravity for good performance, even in roughest of terrains like the mighty Himalayas.

Pankaj Dubey, the Managing Director for Polaris India Pvt. Ltd said, Raid de Himalaya is one of the most exciting car rallies in the world. It is an exhilarating, adrenaline charging and an extreme endurance event for the participants and the vehicles. Polaris is excited to be a part of this adventure once again and are confident of proving the endurance and power of its RZR XP 900 with Raj Singh Rathore who had won the title in the past.

The vehicle, which is built for extreme performance, RZR XP 900 delivers fast throttle response and good power. The design ensures more power to the ground, less driveline noise and lighter weight. The 3-Link Trailing Arm IRS to handle all that power, coupled with a Dual-A-Arm front suspension which has 13.5 inch travel, soaks up the rough stuff.

The rally will test the endurance, ingenuity, physical and mental toughness of the driver as well as the vehicles. Polaris is one of the regular participants of the rally. Besides Polaris RZR XP 900, the event is likely to have 49 bikes and 94 four wheelers.

The 16th edition of Raid De Himalaya was officially flagged off from Shimla on the 4th of October 2014 and will finish in Manali. The route is through the broken stretches of Kaza and Tabo and will finally return to Manali covering the challenging stretches of Pang and Sarchu.

Apart from the rallying side, Polaris ORVs are a popular choice for deployment in relief and rescue operations. Polaris India volunteered its range of vehicles to assist in flood relief operations in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

Polaris ORVs are also increasingly being deployed by India's security agencies for reaching inaccessible places which are difficult to access with normal vehicles. Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu police agencies are already using the Polaris vehicles for a number of purposes.

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Story first published: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 11:10 [IST]
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