With an amazing burst of creativity and productivity, India’s Mahindra collaborated with Suter Racing Technology of Switzerland to create a competitive racing machine in just six months that is nipping at the heels of the dominating KTM-powered bikes.
At the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle GP round of the 2013 campaign, Miguel Oliveira rode the Mahindra MGP30 to the brand’s first Moto3 podium finish, less than a half-second behind the race winner—an astounding achievement.
The MGP30 is powered by Mahindra’s own DOHC 249cc single—predictably oversquare at 78mm x 52.2mm—with dual throttle-body EFI system from Dell’Orto and an FIM-enforced redline of 14,000 rpm.
The Suter chassis is a work of art, employing the best components available, including Öhlins TTX suspension (with a choice of rear linkages), Brembo discs and calipers, and an Akrapovič exhaust.
Weighing in at 176 pounds, the bike sports an aluminum perimeter frame that allows adjustment to the steering head and swing- arm pivot. The 17-inch Dunlops are a narrow 95mm in the front and 115mm in the rear.
“Being the first Indian company to participate in the world’s most prestigious two-wheeled race series is a matter of great pride,” says Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra.
“MotoGP is the ultimate test for the finest talents in motorcycle racing and an immensely popular championship with a cult following. Our participation will help to enhance the power of global branding for the Mahindra Group.”
A $16.2 billion multinational concern based in Mumbai, Mahindra is a wide-ranging company, engaged in such pursuits as building aircraft, developing real estate, and, of course, Grand Prix motorcycle racing. In addition to a line of scooters, Mahindra sells the 107cc Centuro and Pantero motorcycles that boast an impressive number of sophisticated features.
Story from the November/December issue of Ultimate MotorCycling magazine. For a digital version, click here.