Indian automaker Tata Motors has revealed that the company will unveil its first sportscar, the ” TAMO Futuro”Â at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in march 2017. The car will be launched under its new sub-brand TAMO. The brand will act as an incubating center of innovation to define future mobility solutions. This will be the first car to be developed under Tata’s new passenger vehicle strategy, TAMO, which will act as a test-bed for new technologies, business models and partnerships.
To secure our future in a rapidly changing environment, the advanced mobility solutions space is of utmost importance. The introduction of TAMO will help us to co-design Indiaâ€™s automotive footprint by taking new technologies and mobility concepts as a new ecosystem to market.
saidÂ Guenter Butschek, MD & CEO, Tata Motors.
The Futuro will be a two seater sportscar featuring aÂ mid-mounted engine with a rear-wheel drive layout. As per Autocar sources,Â the concept vehicle will be similar to the Vauxhall VX220 or the Opel Speedster. The sportscar will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2 L petrol engine that can produce 180 horses of power. To achieve a target kerb weight of 800 kg, a combination of composite plastics and aluminum are expected to be used in the sportscar. Only 250 units of the Futuro are expected to be produced.
With TAMO, we are starting a new era. The idea is to find new and agile ways of innovating and experimenting. Our success in this new mobility world will be contingent to our ability to network globally and to partner with new thought leaders. Our focus will be to scout for new technologies and to explore opportunities at the innovation hubs across the globe and to work with start-ups in the new spaces. Since this requires a different way of thinking, we will apply within TAMO also, new ways of working because leadership is all about time to market.
saidÂ Dr. Tim Leverton, President and Head Advanced and Product Engineering, Tata Motors.
Tata had earlier presented the Aria Roadster and Coupe versions at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show. Many sportscars were launched at auto shows, but none of them went into production. But, hopes are that the TAMO Futuro will go into production and will be the first ever sportscar produced by Tata Motors.