Those who thought Tata Nano is an underpowered, small city car, take note. Tata Nano team is all set to prove that Nano is as good as any other car, in fact better. To drive home a point and create right awareness about Nano, Tata Nano team will be doing a pan India Road trip, covering 36 cities and 15000 kms in 26 days, in the people’s car, the Tata Nano.
Starting June 2nd, 9 cars will be flagged off from Tata Nano factory in Sanand, Gujarat, to do a cross country trip. June 2nd marks the occasion of rolling out of Tata Nanos from Tata Nano production facility in Sanand, Gujarat. Gujarath CM Narendra Modi and Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata will flag off the rally.
The Road trip will see the Nanos cruising through all sorts of terrains- cities, highways, hills and dry-lands, heading from one city to another. The 26 days expedition would prove that Nano is as drivable, capable and reliable as any other car.
At each city, there’ll be lot of activities scheduled, such as road shows, photo shoots, meeting with Nano owners/fans and so on.
One team will drive towards North India, covering about 4098kms, through cities such as Sanand, Udaipur, Jaipur, Hissar, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Meerut, Agra, Lucknow, Gwalior and Kota. This would be the saffron route.
Second team will drive towards east coast, the white route. This is the longest route covering about 5888 kms, from Sanand, Indore, Bhopal, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Patna, Kolkatta, Bhubaneshwar, Vizag, Hyderabad, Aurangabad and back to Sanand.
Third team will head down south, covering 4829 kms. From Sanand to Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Mangalore, Kochi, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nasik and Ahmedabad.
Nano is believed to be a city car, not meant for long drives or interstate journeys. However, British journalist Venessa Able has already proved that wrong, by doing a 10000 kms India tour in a Tata Nano (fondly named as Abhilasha, The Little Car with Big Balls), (More details in Nano diaries)
Tata Nano road trip, named as Tata Nano Superdrive, is expected to break that record and increase the bar. At select stretches, general public and Tata owners will also be allowed to drive.
Accompanying Tata Nano team on these trips will be bloggers, who will cover the event, photographers and media people. (Standby for some good news on this front)
When I initially read about the trip I felt it would have been far better in a Safari or other higher end car. Nano with its smaller power plant, would take 3 times more time to cover a given distance compared to a decently powered sedan/SUV. 26 day road trip could be a real challenge. But then, that is the whole point of the trip- to prove that Nano is as good as any other car, it can handle Indian cities and highways without pain… Satisfaction comes when a task otherwise deemed impossible is taken up and accomplished.
View Schedule here: to see when Nano is coming to your city. Photos sourced from Social Wavelength.
Disclaimer: Information mentioned in the article are subject to change at the discretion of organizers or due to unavoidable circumstances. All information as available with the author at the time of composing this post.
Related: Self Drive Car Rentals in India * Car Rally for the blind * Chennai-Mysore in a Skoda * Scorpio 2.2 Vls review * Why Blame Tata Nano *
Post event 2010 Updates: It was a wonderful experience being on road for 26 days with Tata Nano as its Official Blogger. While all details are at the official blog superdrive-greenroute.blogspot.com, here're a few selected posts: Nano FAQs * Nano Superdrive in Bangalore * First 10 days update*