Tata Motors, the country's largest auto maker, is rejoiced with two innovative Nano expeditions. Reportedly, a Bangalore based auto enthusiast, Srikarunya Subrahmanyam, along with his team travelled in Nano and entered the Guinness World Records for setting a world record in longest journey category. Interestingly, Subrahmanyam was felicitated by the President of Passenger Vehicle Business Unit at Tata Motors, Ranjit Yadav and the country's first Formula One motor racing driver, Narain Karthikeyan.
Expressing his views on the remarkable achievement, Yadav was quoted as saying, “The Tata Nano has put India on the world motoring map when it comes to frugal engineering. The car has made us proud yet again with this record. The Tata Nano has proved its robustness and reliability in many car rallies and expeditions undertaken by Tata Motors and by customers on their own. It is motoring enthusiasts like Karun and Thomas who emote true passion for motoring. We are proud to be associated with them and we will continue to encourage such expeditions as it will enable customers to further understand and experience the brand’s true value.”
Along with, both Yadav and Karthikeyan unveiled the book ‘Atop the World’, which is written by Thomas Chacko. It must be noted that Chacko, a Kochi-based, 63-year old auto aficionado, has completed a 78-day long expedition in Nano, going through the India's length and breadth. Reportedly, Subrahmanyam and his team accomplished this longest journey of 10,218 km in 10 days. The team embarked on this adventurous trip on March 21, 2013 from Kanyakumari to roam around the country and successfully returned on March 30, 2013 in Bangalore.
Speaking on this development, Karthikeyan commented, “I lately have seen a new breed of traveller emerge, one who has a streak of adventure and passion for motoring. I have known people who have driven immense distances just for the fun of it, even though a far more painless option of taking a flight or a train was always there. This is exactly the spirit that encourages enthusiasts like Srikarunya and Thomas to overcome challenges that comes with driving long distances especially the sort of mileage that they have done. But all this effort has to be backed up by a reliable package – which is the car and having been involved with the Nano since it existed on a drawing board, I am not surprised that it has managed to achieve this.”