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Old 2nd November 2010, 18:23   #1
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Default Mahindra Scorpios raid the Himalayas for 3 years in a row!

This is the official press release

October 26, 2010, India: The Mahindra Scorpio, one of India’s most iconic SUVs, recently created a hat-trick at the 12th Raid-de-Himalaya which is one of the most grueling events on the Indian motorsports calendar. The Scorpio emerged the winner in a record three segments under the Adventure Trial – SUV category.

Mahindra Scorpio’s domination of the Indian SUV segment has reached new heights with this achievement. The Scorpio also won Raid De Himalaya in 2009 and 2008 in the Adventure Trial - SUV category, making this a hat-trick win! Sanjay Takale & Rahul Sancheti came overall first in the Adventure Trial – SUV Category as well as first in the Stock Expert segment. The brother duo of K Prasad and K Pradeep came first in the Pro Stock Expert segment and Raj Singh Rathore and Chandrashekhar were the winners in the Stock Amateur segment: all these adding up to a triple treat for the Mighty Muscular Scorpio.
Commenting on the success of the Scorpio, Mr. Vivek Nayer, Sr. Vice-President, Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “This win further reaffirms the tough and rugged 'Mahindra DNA' of the iconic Scorpio which is a much loved, much admired brand. It is a very proud moment for us as winning the 3rd time in a row is a testimony to the spirit of adventure of the Scorpio as well as the people who drive it so passionately! ”.

Raid de Himalaya 2010 witnessed 164 participating teams grappling with subzero temperatures, highly inhospitable weather and forbidding terrain. The robust and rugged Scorpios however dominated the six-day long competition from the flag-off at Shimla on Day 1, to the close of the rally at Manali on Day 6, maintaining their poise and position through some of the most challenging conditions on earth.

Commenting on the win, Mr. Sanjay Takale, Winner, Adventure Trial-SUV category, Raid De Himalaya 2010 said, “Finishing the Raid de Himalaya is an achievement in itself. This is a team sport and we couldn't have pulled this off if we did not work together. Team Mahindra had a job to do. The rally saw a very high casualty rate due to the treacherous and unforgiving terrain and only the cars with the best technical setup were able to pull through. My biggest advantage was my navigator, Rahul Sancheti, who was spot on with direction and the Mahindra Scorpio which never gave up, no matter what the terrain was. The roads this time tested our mettle and by winning it, we just answered it right”.

About The Mahindra Group

Mahindra embarked on its journey in 1945 by assembling the Willys Jeep in India and is now a US $7.1 billion Indian multinational. It employs over 1,00,000 people across the globe and enjoys a leadership position in utility vehicles, tractors and information technology, with a significant and growing presence in financial services, tourism, infrastructure development, trade and logistics. The Mahindra Group today is an embodiment of global excellence and enjoys a strong corporate brand image.
Mahindra is the only Indian company among the top tractor brands in the world. It is today a full-range player with a presence in almost every segment of the automobile industry, from two-wheelers to CVs, UVs, SUVs and sedan. Mahindra recently acquired a majority stake in REVA Electric Car Co Ltd. (now called Mahindra REVA), strengthening its position in the Electric Vehicles domain.
The Mahindra Group expanded its IT portfolio when Tech Mahindra acquired the leading global business and information technology services company, Satyam Computer Services. The company is now known as Mahindra Satyam.
Mahindra is also one of the few Indian companies to receive an A+ GRI checked rating for its first Sustainability Report for the year 2007-08 and has also received the A+ GRI rating for the year 2008- 09.
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Unfortunately Mahindra have forgotten that my team were the first to win the Raid in a Mahindra Scorpio in 2006 with minimum penalties. My Team won the Overall and SUV category, in what was then known as Reliability Trial. External Service support was not allowed in the Reliability format.

It's a pity they choose not to include our victory in their celebrations. Loss is theirs not ours.
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