Ranjit Yadav, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors and India's first Formula One motor racing driver, Narain Karthikeyan on Tuesday felicitated Srikarunya Subrahmanyam, a Bangalore based motoring enthusiast and his team, for entering the Guinness World Records. This significant achievement has been achieved with a national expedition in a Tata Nano.
Yadav and Karthikeyan unveiled the book 'Atop the World' which has been written and edited by Thomas Chacko.
Chacko is a Kochi-based, 63-year old motoring enthusiast, who completed a 78-day long national expedition in a Tata Nano, covering the length and breadth of the country.
Speaking on this remarkable achievement, Ranjit Yadav, President - Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, "The Tata Nano has put India on the world motoring map when it comes to frugal engineering. The car has made us proud yet again with this record."
Tata Motors felicitated Subrahmanyam and his team for having set the Guinness World Record by accomplishing the longest journey of 10,218 kms, in a Tata Nano, in 10 days, breaking the current record of 8046.74 kms.
The team set on an adventure on March 21 from Kanyakumari to circumnavigate the country and successfully returned victorious on March 30, 2013 in Bangalore.
Tata Motors unveiled the book 'Atop the World' written and edited by Thomas Chacko, that captures his dream project of exploring the country in a Tata Nano.
Chacko successfully completed his 78-day long dream project on July 21, 2012.
The 78-day all India drive has tested the Nano across the some of the most rugged terrains of the country and through all kinds of weather. The car emerged successful in this test of endurance.
Karthikeyan said, "I lately have seen a new breed of traveller emerge, one who has a streak of adventure and passion for motoring. I have known people who have driven immense distances just for the fun of it, even though a far more painless option of taking a flight or a train was always there.
"This is exactly the spirit that encourages enthusiasts like Srikarunya and Thomas to overcome challenges that comes with driving long distances especially the sort of mileage that they have done.
"But all this effort has to be backed up by a reliable package - which is the car and having been involved with the Nano since it existed on a drawing board, I am not surprised that it has managed to achieve this."
--IBNS (Posted on 25-06-2013)