Mumbai, India - In the face of a domestic sales downturn, Tata has drastically curtailed its independent TaMo aspirational brand.
It will also miss the 2018 Geneva motor show, for the first time in nearly two decades; it has no new models planned for Europe, and the cannot justify the cost of building concepts that won’t lead to anything. Even its prestigious but expensive Indian truck-racing series will go at the end of this season.
The new premium division had already showcased its first design, the mid-engined RaceMo two-seater sports coupé, at the 2017 Geneva motor show and was reportedly gearing up for a production run in 2018 of between 250 and 999 units, depending on which Tata insider you were talking to. Now it seems that RaceMo production will be limited to a handful of cars, built up from components already to hand, before the whole operation gets put on ice.
The right stuff
Which is a pity, because it seems to have all the right stuff. The RaceMo is based on a scaleable platform called MoFlex, designed around multi-material sandwich sheeting not unlike the aluminium honeycomb structure that was popular for racing cars before the invention of carbon fibre, which can be laser-cut by computer-operated machinery, making it instantly scaleable in any dimension.