• Image Credit: Mahindra
  • Image Credit: Mahindra
  • Image Credit: Mahindra
  • Image Credit: Mahindra
  • Image Credit: Mahindra
  • Image Credit: Mahindra
  • Image Credit: Mahindra
Mahindra is being busy at the New Delhi Auto Show, unveiling two electric cars: the Mahindra Reva Halo EV concept sports car and the Mahindra Racing Formula E electric race car. If reports are to be believed, the Indian company wants to build the Halo as, well, a halo electric car for the brand. Reva could use it, since long-time electric vehicle fans will most likely associate the Reva name with the unloved G-Wiz.

The Halo looks light years ahead of the company's previous offerings (which also includes the E2O). Powered by an all-electric powertrain that can move the two-door "everyday sports car" to 62 miles per hour in under eight seconds and has a top speed of over 100 mph and a range of 124 miles, the Halo is compact and clean, with nice design touches like the bright red by the front wheels. A production version, which could come in early 2016, could also take the shape of a four-door sports car. Mahindra is promoting the Halo on social media using the HaloSelfie hashtag on Twitter and we've got two videos available below.

The Formula E racer, on the other hand, is the same all-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E vehicle that we've seen before, but now it's gussied up in Mahindra livery. The 10-city global EV race series starts in September.



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Mahindra Racing unveils Formula E electric racing car at 12th Auto Expo 2014

Also on display is the winning MGP30 racing motorcycle

New Delhi, February 6, 2014: India's first all-electric zero emission race car capable of reaching speeds of up to 225 kmph, was unveiled today at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 by Mahindra Racing, the motor sports division of the Mumbai-based USD 16.7 billion multinational Mahindra Group. Also on display was the winning MGP30 racing bike which has performed brilliantly during the entire 2013 MotoGP season.

The Formula E car produces 200kw of power which is equivalent to 270 BHP when compared to a conventional gasoline engine. The chassis of the car is built from a super lightweight all carbon fibre and aluminium monocoque and weighs only 800 kilos, which helps it accelerate from 0-100 kms in just 2.9 seconds. With a top speed of 225 kmph, the Formula E car comes fitted with standard 18 inch Michelin tyres which are good to use in wet and dry weather conditions. Mahindra Racing was the first of the 10 teams to display its car in the team's colours at a major event.

In a bid to create awareness about electric vehicles as well as help advance EV technology, the FIA has organized the Formula E Championship which begins in September 2014 and will include 10 races in its first season. Designed to be an innovative all-electric global race series, it will be held in city-centre locations around the world, including London, Beijing and Los Angeles.

Commenting on the Formula E car, Mr. S P Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Racing and President - Group Strategy and Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, "As pioneers of electric mobility in India we will be participating in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September 2014. This will provide us with a fantastic platform to showcase our innovations on the global stage. This car is an excellent addition to our racing portfolio and we are looking forward to a successful future in the Formula E series."

On the two wheeler front, Mahindra Racing proudly displays its winning 2013 MGP30 racer for the first time in India. Competing at the highest level of motorcycle racing in the MotoGP™ World Championship, the MGP30 won its first-ever top three podium finish at the 2013 Malaysian MotoGP. The Mahindra Racing team has also become a constructor of racing bikes and will supply the MGP30 to three other teams during the 2014 season. Mahindra Racing has also won the Constructors Title in its class at the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV) during 2012 and 2013.

Mahindra's bold decision to take on the world's best in the MotoGP Championship has won the team prestigious awards such as the 'ZigWheels Motorsport Award of the Year – 2012' and the NDTV Car and Bike Awards 'Mobil 1 Motorsport Award of the Year – 2012.'


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      Erica Fowler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks awesome! By the way, do you want huge rebate in Gasoline? Come and visit this http://onyalist.com/FuelrebateKing/tng1marketing
      SPNKr
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks like a really messed up Porsche Cayman..
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully, this will be part of India's relatively long development of EV transport. Mahindra & Mahindra is a long established Indian manufacturing conglomerate. India's poor roads and chaotic traffic condition, along with government policies and economic conditions, has restricted the growth of India's domestic vehicle market. Although India lacks the PRC's social cohesion and infrastructure, India's population is much younger, and enjoys a more innovative western style education system. India has developed a strong IT sector, and India's democratic institutions function remarkably well for such a diverse, bureaucratic and divided society. In the years to come, India will assist in counter-balancing the growing economic and military capacity of the PRC. Like the PRC, India is becoming aware of the massive pollution problems created by a fast growing automotive sector. With 66 million vehicles on Indian roads, and the market growing at 16- 30% per year, India has been forced to implement , pollution and safety regulation to similar to the EU. India is keen to make Chennai (Madras) as famous as Detroit. The Five biggest Indian auto manufacturers, has been investing heavily in EV technology.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      why is the roof line so high looks pretty cool would love to drive it, but definitely looks like a mini porsche though
        Griffen W
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        It's not. The belt line is just very very low.
        EVnerdGene
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        "mini porsche" In most cases that would be a complement. Some retro elements - good! (compared to modern big-mouth clunky box design) Dan - headlights: Yeah, I don't like the wrap-around so much either. Looks like a Ford family sedan. The fish-eye view probably makes it seem worse. Simple is always better. We're ready for your aero estimates and happy dan analysis.
          danfred311
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          Aero looks pretty good but we don't know weight nor price yet. But as cars go I like what I see so far.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pass some crash tests and start selling it. It looks like quite the copy but it still looks nice.
      Jobu
      • 1 Year Ago
      ARE YOU the Porche 911 from 35 years ago??
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      I quite like it. Has a lot going for it but I would increase the acceleration a bit. It's so cheap to do in an EV and makes all the difference. Learn that lesson from Tesla. Good mixture of Porsche 911 and Audi TT. Small package sportscar. If they are smart they keep the price low but do it well. Make it an industry spoiler. But the headlights has to change. I have a curious deep psychological reaction to them. The loose element design somehow reminds me of an open wound. Like it's not whole or in a good state.
      Peter Burjanec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah yes, the lucrative career of a cam girl.
      Tim L
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't like it. There is too much distance between the roof and the top of the door. I got a good chuckle over the steering wheel. I like how the rim is a completely different size on the right so they could put that button. Honestly, the whole steering wheel is lopsided. The spoke at he bottom is all off. The controls on the right are longer than the controls on the left. I know it's a show car, but when you are trying to make a statement, it is a must to nail the small details.
        Neil Blanchard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tim L
        That is a very wide angle shot of the steering wheel - I'll bet it is actually a symmetrical steering wheel, and all the distortion is from some crappy optical camera lens.
      Echelon Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Surprisingly nice design. Cool and cute at the same time. Anyone know what city is in that photo of the skyline at 0:19? Can't find it, except an exactly matching picture in a couple of web pages. I am thinking it doesn't exist and it's made up.
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Echelon Bob
        Possibly the Sears Tower so it'd be Chicago.
          Middleman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          John Hancock building from North Avenue Beach, Chicago, IL. Photo taken from the lake front path.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      Halo EV? I was hoping for a Warthog with a turret on the back.
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