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Mumbai airport hosts night time drag races | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

After over three a long time, Mumbai’s Juhu airport hosted a novel motorsport occasion, ‘Drag Star Evening Race’, organised by Elite Octane INC, the identical group behind the profitable ‘Valley Run’ drag racing collection. This primary-of-its-kind occasion, as its title suggests, passed off on February 26, 2022, at night time, opening its gates for supercar house owners in its first version.

  • Motorsport occasion at Juhu airport after over three a long time
  • Round 70 supercar entries
  • Audi RS e-tron GT, quickest manufacturing automotive on the occasion

“Getting permissions and approvals was a herculean activity, however we’re very blissful to drag it off” feedback Rongom Tagore Mukerji, Elite Octane INC.

This version of night time drag races was restricted to supercars solely, and the organisers obtained an amazing response with round 70 entries comprising supercar house owners in addition to participation from manufacturers like AMG and Porsche.

Saumil Shah represented Autocar India at this drag racing competitors and took part in an Audi RS e-tron GT, a four-door all-electric sedan that develops 646hp and 830Nm, with intelligent e-quattro (all-wheel drive functionality), and a claimed 0-100kph time of three.3kph. Owing to an EV’s skill to ship most torque proper from the get-go, there couldn’t be a greater platform (than a drag strip), or a greater automobile (than one of many quickest EVs on sale in India) to exhibit the straight line acceleration prowess of a excessive efficiency EV.

The all-electric Audi shocked (pun meant) and awed everybody because it rocketed via the quarter mile dash, making a shattering drag race debut with an extremely fast 11.1sec time. The noiseless EV turned out to be the quickest manufacturing (inventory) automobile of the night time, and the third quickest total.

The quickest automotive of the night time was Imran Majid’s extremely tuned Nissan GT-R, which accomplished the quarter-mile dash in a mind-numbing 10.5sec. Biren Pithawalla, in one other tuned Nissan GT-R, secured second place finishing the run in a decent 10.8sec.

“This was the first-ever floodlit night time race” says Mukherjee. “We’ve bought all the required approvals from AAI (Airports Authority of India) to conduct a complete of twelve such occasions this yr, and every subsequent version can have a devoted class similar to supercars, superbikes, tuner automobiles, and so forth.” The following night time drag race occasion is more likely to happen in March 2022, just for superbikes. Keep tuned.

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