Wild bike-engined Tata Nano with 200bhp driven
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The Tata ‘Super Nano’ incorporates a 0-odd bhp superbike engine inside the rear, an appropriate braking in addition to also suspension system in addition to also tonnes of attitude
Certifiable, crazy in addition to also insane are just some of the ways you can describe the Tata ‘Super Nano’. in addition to also you wouldn’t be far off the mark; what using a claimed 200bhp-plus kicking out of the rear in addition to also those mad, mad wheels. nevertheless just what can be the item? Weekend track car, real racing car or something to drive to the movies in?
I put the question to J Anand (of JA Motorsport). “Well, officially, the item’s an engineering showcase, a sort of here’s what we can do. nevertheless the item’s also loads of fun in addition to also shows the Nano in a brand new light.”
Like he said, which’s the official answer. I, however, think This kind of can be what happens when you make an ex-racing driver pilot a 37bhp Nano around, month after month. Of course, Jayem Auto, JA Motorsports’ mother company, works closely with Tata Motors on many of its engineering projects, so, the Super Nano can be a step inside the right direction too.
nevertheless what’s a 200bhp Nano like to drive? the item’s clearly racing car-like to climb into. You need to squeeze your way past the jungle gym-like roll cage, in addition to also seat adjustment can be only via a set of spanners. Once in, you get clipped into the racing harness in addition to also the item even needs an external power supply to get going. Everyday usability? You can forget which.
Starting up can be an eye-opener in more ways than one. Sequential motorcycle-based gearbox in ‘N’, I hit the tiny starter in addition to also flex the throttle; the dragon awakens using a primaeval scream, stabs of exhaust spitting via the rear. in addition to also the revs soar, even if I so much as tap the accelerator. The din via the unsilenced exhaust can be so loud, the farmer via the adjoining field comes over to see what the fuss can be all about.
Getting away via rest though, isn’t easy. I try not to fry the clutch in addition to also am a bit too gentle; the Super Nano stalls. This kind of motorcycle engine may have approximately 200bhp, nevertheless there’s only a Swift-like 95-100lb ft of torque, in addition to also real grunt can be way up the power band. The next time around, I give the item more revs, slip the clutch a bit in addition to also make a clean-ish getaway. Phew.
The motorcycle-based gearbox only has to be ‘tapped’ up or forward to shift to the next gear, nevertheless I’ve also got to remember not to pull back for the next, as you would likely on a traditional H-pattern design. in addition to also which’s not easy once you are inside the thick of a set of corners.
Acceleration via rest can be also a bit disappointing. I’d like to tell you the Super Nano runs away via the line with its tail on fire, I truly would likely, nevertheless initially, there’s only plenty of noise via the exhaust in addition to also not much else. Yes, the revs rise in addition to also the engine spins faster, nevertheless the Super Nano can be much slower off the line than I expect. which’s probably due to the comparatively low torque in addition to also the high gearing, again.
What I discover later, however, can be which there’s much more performance at the top of the powerband: of course, there can be. What’s worse can be which I’ve been shifting up at what I assumed was the redline, nevertheless there’s at least 3000rpm more to go. No earplugs needed though, to protect via which shrill F1 car wail; right now I’m officially deaf.
The motor, in fact, only truly wakes up past 8000rpm in addition to also then, This kind of junior dinosaur quickly turns into a full-fledged T-Rex, big steak knife teeth in addition to also all. in addition to also only then – as I begin to hit the 11,000rpm mark regularly before snap shifting to the next gear – does the real Super Nano begin to reveal itself. The rear squats down marginally as I accelerate out of a tight corner, the scenery comes rushing at me in a blur past 8500rpm, in addition to also so continuous can be the build-up in acceleration, the item feels like the auto can be running away via you.
What’s also pretty unreal can be the grip This kind of car generates. Of course, the item’s nothing like a Nano, which bobs in addition to also rolls constantly in addition to also feels like a shopping trolley. In contrast, the Super Nano can be low-slung in addition to also wide, in addition to also comes with tyres which are at least all 5 times as wide. I find myself carrying an incredible amount of speed into corners, tapping down on the gearbox as I turn in using a fair amount of controlled aggression. in addition to also once settled, I can accelerate as hard as I want, the front wheels going a bit light with the weight transfer to the rear.
The set-up does favour straight line stability over agility so the item understeers quite a bit, in addition to also the unassisted steering needs a bit of heave-ho. nevertheless for something which began out life as a Nano, This kind of can be simply unreal. How I’d love to drive This kind of on the road in addition to also scare a few sportscar owners. “Darling, did we just get blown away by a Nano?” I’m sure J Anand does which every time he wants a bit of a laugh. The unassisted brakes, however, do take some getting used to, the pedal pressure required by the AP racing brakes can be a bit unnatural.
Which brings us back to the seminal question: what can be the item?
can be the item just a Nano using a more powerful motor in addition to also bigger wheels? Clearly not. Under the wider track in addition to also extrovert Centeng, This kind of beast can be part-superbike in addition to also part-F3 racing car. the item uses a modified superbike engine in addition to also gearbox, yes, nevertheless the wheels, brakes in addition to also tyres are pure racing stock. There’s also there’s a different tubular chassis-cum-roll cage for extra stiffness on the Super Nano’s custom-made A-arm suspension bits.
I’m also a sucker for the Super Nano’s over-the-top looks. which wide track can be just crazy, the massive wheel arches give the item plenty of character; in addition to also don’t you just love those vertical slots next to the air dam which allow air through to the brakes?
So, the Super Nano can be a piece of civilised lunacy based on a utilitarian platform. in addition to also why do I truly badly want one? Well, because the item’s there.
Shapur Kotwal, Autocar India
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