Mahindra to make Raid de Himalaya return in 2018
Mahindra Adventure will return to the Raid de Himalaya for the first time since 2012, it has been announced.
Mahindra started its rallying team at the turn of the decade and enjoyed plenty of success, before turning its attention to the Indian National Rally Championship.
However, six years after its last outing, Mahindra will make a reappearance as a factory team in this year’s Raid de Himalaya, widely regarded as India’s toughest cross-country rally.
It is unclear who will be driving Mahindra’s factory-prepared Super XUV500, but a spokesperson from the Indian manufacturer did confirm that it will compete in the flagship Xtreme class.
As preparation for October’s Raid de Himalaya, Mahindra will also compete in the Dakshin Dare, which will take place in Southern India in the month of July.
Mahindra last competed in a cross-country rally in 2014, when veteran Sunny Sidhu took overall honours in the Desert Storm. Since then, it has won several titles in INRC, most recently in 2017 with star driver Gaurav Gill.
Internationally, Mahindra scored three wins as a manufacturer in the 2016 Moto3 season and currently stands second in the 2017/18 Formula E season, with two wins from five races.
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