London, May 29 : British automotive specialist Ricardo has organised the ‘Ricardo100 Global Challenge’, a world charity relay, as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations this year.
The Indian leg of the Global Challenge is being driven in a 2015 model Mahindra Scorpio which has been provided by Mahindra.
British High Commissioner to India, James Bevan KCMG, hosted an event to celebrate the Indian leg and to commemorate the collaboration between the British and Indian automotive makers Ricardo and Mahindra.
One of India’s premium sports utility vehicles, the Scorpio features the 5MT320 five-speed manual transmission which is the result of a design and development collaboration between Ricardo and Mahindra engineers. The first model with the feature was launched in the Indian market in 2012.
British High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan KCMG, said:
“The UK is the world leader in cutting-edge design and innovation. From building the first sports car, the British motor industry has created many of the most recognised and coveted cars in the world. Ricardo’s relationship with Mahindra is a classic example of this. It is also a manifestation of the spirit of ‘GREAT Collaborations’ between the UK and India. As we mark the centenary of Ricardo, we also acknowledge the importance of ‘Designed in the UK, Made in India’. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi too recognised the potential of our relationship and called the UK and India ‘an unbeatable combination to forge successful partnerships that can bring immense benefits to both countries’.”
The ‘Ricardo100 Global Challenge’, showcases the history of Ricardo, its international profile and reach. Ricardo employees are taking part in the relay to raise funds for local, national and international charitable causes. Ricardo has pledged to raise £15,000 in total donations.
Ricardo India President Mayank Agochiya, said: “It has been great to welcome the ‘Ricardo100 Global Challenge’ to India. Ricardo enjoys many longstanding business relationships with India’s leading companies such as Mahindra, who have kindly loaned us one of their vehicles for this section of the relay.”
Following the reception, the Indian leg of the Challenge will make its journey from New Delhi to the foothills of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. The Challenge will then move on to China, Japan and the United States, before its home coming to the UK in July./IBNS