IS THAT A TATA?! Tata's sports car division, Tamo, produced this sports car. It's called the Racemo and is powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine! Image: Supplied
Geneva - Many folks will probably not know this but Tata Motors has a sports division called Tamo.
Though it does not have the same reputation and heritage of some - let's say... Italian - sports car makers, Tamo's latest model is an attempt to grab its share of the sportscar market.
That engine, though
Seen for the first time at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, Tamo revealed its latest model - the Racemo.
This racer is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, capable of 140kW/210Nm. What's more, it's mid-engined and drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic.
The car will reportedly run from 0-100km/h in under six seconds!
Only 250 units will be produced and cccording to The Times of India, "the Racemo is production-ready and a launch at the Indian Auto Expo 2018 being the biggest probability".
Mixing of elements
Ín terms of design, the Racemo is a) unlike any Tata produced yet and b) a mixture of Italian passion and British flair.
Its design is exciting and enticing and should lead the way in which Tata designs its future cars. It looks menacing but importantly, it captures petrolhead nostalgia; it reminds onlookers of the Italian exotics you would mount on your bedroom wall...
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Perhaps therein lies Tamo's secret. From the rear, the Racemo looks like a Ferrari F430 with its taillights so pronounced in design. The exhaust tip reminds of the "flame spitting" ones Lamborghini utilises. Front the front there is some Honda NSX thrown into the mix and in profile it reminds very strongly of a Lotus Exige.
Regardless, this is - in my opinion - the best-looking Tata ever made. And if anything, Tata needs to bring this thing to SA. Italian exotics are just a tad too expensive.
Check out these Racemo pics all the way from Geneva:
At quick glance, it looks as if the Racemo took a few pages out of Ferrari and Lamborghini's books. Image: Supplied
That interior, though! Any racer's dream! Image: Supplied
No, that's not a Lotus Exige. It may look like it, but it's not. Image: Supplied