Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Manohar Bhat, Vice President, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “It has been decade and half since Maruti Suzuki started promoting motorsports in the country with events like Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, Auto Cross, Supra SAE, Corporate and fun-filled family Treasure Hunt to name a few. In its fifth year, Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare has established itself as an event that brings the thrill of motorsports to the door steps of our motorsport enthusiasts in South India. We are seeing increased participation year after year, with ‘The Dare’ becoming larger, more competitive and exciting. During these motoring events, extensive feedback is obtained on the performance of Maruti cars in extreme conditions – on road and off-road.”
The rally spread over 34 special stages with monsoons in background, promises to test the nerve and grit of all participants and their machines in a unique multi-terrain adventure. After the ceremonial flag off in Bangalore, Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare 2013 will undertake a gruelling journey through a multitude of dense forests, river beds, hill stations, wind mill farms, hair-pin bends, and tea and coffee plantations and end in Bengaluru on August 9th.
The Rally will have night halts at tourist hot spots like Mysore, Ooty and Coimbatore while it traverses through exotic locations like Chikmagalore, Waynad, Palani, Kodaikanal, Pollachi, Valparai among others. The relentless monsoon showers in the region will, without doubt, prove to be daunting as the rallyists battle the curving, narrow roads snaking along Western Ghat and Nilgiris.
Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare 2013 is being organized in partnership with Motorsports Inc., a leading motorsports organizer of India, for the fifth year in the running.
Maruti Suzuki and Motorsport:
Be it a motorsport enthusiast, an amateur or a professional, Maruti Suzuki offers the thrill and joy of motorsport to all of them. The Maruti Suzuki motorsport calendar is packed with exciting motoring events. For families, there are events like Women’s Fun Drive and Treasure Hunt throughout the year, across cities. The Maruti Suzuki Autocross brings action for amateurs and professionals, together.
But what makes the Maruti Suzuki motorsport calendar an attraction in India (and internationally too) are Maruti-Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, Maruti Suzuki Rally Desert Storm and Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare.
Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya is India's longest and most demanding motorsport rally. Raid de Himalaya is the only Indian motorsport event listed on the off-road rallies calendar of FIM (Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme), Geneva, Switzerland. Only 12 international motoring events world-wide are listed in this calendar.
Maruti Suzuki Rally Desert Storm brings another extreme to motorsport which again thoroughly tests the skills of the drivers and ruggedness of their cars and the bikes.