New Delhi, 6 October, 2014: All set to stamp its supremacy once again, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc., the world leader in off-road and All-Terrain Vehicles, is participating in the 16th edition of one of the most enduring and the world’s highest mountain rallies – Raid de Himalaya, which kick-started on October 3rd, 2014. The rally will go on till October 11th, 2014.
Polaris India, which is participating for the third time in the rally, will compete with the acclaimed RZR XP 900 model driven by ace rallyist, Raj Singh Rathore, who had won the Moto Quad Category in 2012. Rathore is being supported by expert navigator, Rihen Bhardwaj. The RZR XP 900 features the Polaris exclusive Optimized Mass Design wherein the engine and other components are strategically placed to create the absolute lowest centre of gravity for ultimate razor sharp performance, even in roughest of terrains like the Himalayas.
Speaking about Polaris India’s participation in the Raid de Himalaya, Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Raid de Himalaya is one of the most exciting car rallies in the world. It is an exhilarating, adrenaline charging and an extreme endurance event for the participants and the vehicles alike. We are excited to be a part of this adventurous journey once again and we are confident of proving the endurance and power of our RZR XP 900 with Raj Singh Rathore who had won the title for us in the past.”
Specifically built for an extreme performance, RZR XP 900 delivers fast throttle response, groundbreaking power and revolutionary acceleration. The design ensures more power to the ground, less driveline noise and lighter weight. The 3-Link Trailing Arm IRS to handle all that power, paired with Dual-A-Arm front suspension with 13.5″ of travel, further soaks up the rough stuff and delivers a smooth, precise ride every time.
The rally will test the qualities of endurance, ingenuity, physical and mental toughness of the driver as well as the vehicle. Polaris is one of the regular participants of the rally. Besides Polaris RZR XP 900, the event is likely to have 49 bikes and 94 four wheelers.
The rally was officially flagged off from Shimla on October 4, 2014 and will culminate at Manali. Traversing through the difficult stretches of Kaza and Tabo, the Rally will finally return to Manali covering the challenging stretches of Pang and Sarchu. The event will conclude with the prize distribution ceremony on October 11, 2014.
Polaris vehicles have established their high durability and low maintenance qualities in the rallies it has participated in the past. The vehicles have delivered high performance without demanding any service during the consecutives days of the rallies.
These inherent qualities have even made Polaris ORVs a popular choice for deployment in relief and rescue operations. Polaris India volunteered its range of vehicles to assist in flood relief operations in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand where the vehicles did a yeoman job. Polaris ORVs are also increasingly being deployed by India’s security agencies for reaching those inaccessible areas which are otherwise difficult to access with normal vehicles. Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu police agencies are already using the Polaris vehicles to a great effect.