Tata Motors announced the launch of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP on 22nd January 2014, in Delhi to bring truck racing to India for the first time. The first ever truck racing championship in India was inscribed on the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India). The first T1 Truck Racing Championship was held on March 23, 2014, at the internationally acclaimed Buddh International Circuit and gave Indian audiences a grand spectacle of trucks competing against each other.
The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP is conducted under the aegis of FIA & FMSCI. FIA is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world's leading motoring organisations. One of the core responsibilities of the FIA is the development of motor sport worldwide. Through its national member clubs, the FIA is involved in every level of motor sport and its remit extends to the millions of amateurs and professionals who enjoy motor sport in all of its variety. The FMSCI is a long-standing member of the FIA and is the only national motor sport federation recognised by the Government of India, for the promotion and control of motor sport in India, and is affiliated to the prestigious Indian Olympic Association.
Like last year, T1 Championship 2015 will feature twelve Tata PRIMA trucks, built for the purpose. These will be divided among six teams, with participation from experienced international drivers. The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP is being organised by Madras Motors Sports Club (MMSC), with safety and performance standards being followed as per (BTRA) British Truck Racing Association guidelines.
Tata Prima 4038.S Trucks which have been optimized to achieve a top speed of 130 kmph will compete in the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2015. To make the Prima trucks fit for racing, several technical modifications have been made to meet a mix of safety and performance needs as per guidelines from British Truck Racing Association. Lighter aggregates have been used for weight reduction, the trucks have lower chassis height (CG) for better stability, improved caster for better handling at high speed, new improved brake cooling system, bigger diameter of steering wheel for better ergonomics and efforts and new exteriors. The modified trucks have been inspected and assessed by FMSCI to ensure that they are race ready.
The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP will also witness two-time British truck racing champion, Steve Horne. As one of the most celebrated, longest serving truck racing drivers, Steve Horne has been instrumental in multiple operational aspects of India's first truck racing championship.