"Bist du verrückt?" the fans ask.
It means "Are you crazy?" in German.
We hear this phrase over and over again, on the grid and outside our garage. In commentaries and over cups of coffee. At the end of the week since our decision, someone shouting "Bist du verrückt?" is as familiar to us as the smell of grease, metal, and burning rubber.
We hear, but we do not listen
“Bist du verrückt?” because we’ve decided to build a 4 Stroke 250 CC Moto3TM motorcycle.
From scratch. In five months. In time for the 2013–14 season.
Usually, it takes more than nine people and one computer.
But these are not usual times
The chill of winter, we tell ourselves, is nothing compared to the bruises of races lost in previous seasons.
We’d rather freeze than lose, we think.
Then, without warning, January 2013 and the New Year arrives, and with it the new Moto3TM season. It’s going to be a good one—we think.
We’re third. Our first podium finish in sunny and wet Malaysia. We set a circuit lap record and three fastest laps. And we finish in the Top 5 ten times.
Crucially, three teams buy our bikes, making it a total of eight bikes on the grid, giving us the data that turbocharges our development as we hum into 2014.
2014 brings us three podium finishes, including a best ever 2nd place at the iconic Sachsenring circuit in Germany. Six Top 4 finishes. Nine bikes on the grid.
Off the track, our work has paid off too. We’re established contenders, with over 200 million fans from over 200 countries tracking our progress. We also win a clutch of awards in India and the world.
Fans know what a Mahindra motorcycle can do.
We know what perseverance can do.
We understand the power of innovation.
Under the skin of a Moto3TM machine
can go from
0 - 100
in less than 3 seconds.
Faster than you can finish reading this sentence.
That’s 1km every
The bodywork is designed to change shape as it moves through the air at high speed, allowing it to slip through the air with minimum resistance.
A Moto3TM motorcycle generates a tremendous amount of horsepower, and has to transfer this to the asphalt through a patch of rubber that’s the size of a credit card.
Now imagine doing that while going through a corner at over 200 kmph.
About the rider
in a 40 min race.
Now that's a lot of calories.
That’s the distance, between a rider’s knee and elbows from the track during sharp cornering
Moto3TM riders love going round corners fast! So much that they’re willing to lean up to 60 degrees (from vertical) to ensure this.
The average Moto3TM rider weighs less than 60 kilos. In a sport where every gram counts, weight could make the difference between winning and losing.
It requires innovation, intuition, patience and perseverance. Doses of luck. And lots of misses. Missed lunches. Missed dinner dates. Missed appointments. And the birth of a child.
Dawns, mornings, afternoons, evenings, nights all blur into one.
Someone works twenty-two hours. Another brings in a sleeping bag. Merry Christmas, a card reminds us.
There is blood and sweat and tears. Tools and tantrums thrown around. But we build and build and build. Test and test and test. Working sixteen hours a day for five months straight.