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Best Rally Car Ever made in India

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Undoubtedly its the Maruti Gypsy.  These have shown their might in numerous events. Gypsy's are very tough and reliable but only for the front two seats- the driver and the front passenger or rally navigator. Be sure never to be seated in the bench back seat or even the customised rear seat (in FRP body ones) as thats the most uncomfortable seat I've ever found in any Indian made  UV. maybe a autorickshaw ride is more comfortable.

But for getting around in any tough terrain nothing beats the GYPSY- the GYPSY KING (1298cc)is much more powerful and better to drive than the 998 cc old Gypsy. But now I've turned into a Mahindra Bolero fan. Its a much better UV.But rallying with a Bolero- no way, it does'nt even come near the GYPSY .

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Gypsies are sponsored, if other off road vehicles sold here get sponsored, Gypsy would be history. Rallying is not about true offroading, any rally car can run circles around off roaders.

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The OHC VTEC made a fantastic rally car with properly tuned parts from Honda Racing, sadly it was a costly entry and not sponsored by Indian Honda in any way so very few were seen, but they sure outperformed all in their class. The Baleno engine can't hold a candle to the OHC VTEC.

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Gypsies are sponsored' date=' if other off road vehicles sold here get sponsored, Gypsy would be history. Rallying is not about true offroading, any rally car can run circles around off roaders.[/quote']

 
For that matter even Mahindra UV's are also sponsored at many rallies. During its hey days many Gypsy's were privately entered too!
FuelRunGod2007-11-09 18:31:40

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GURKHA Gypsies are sponsored' date=' if other off road vehicles sold here get

sponsored, Gypsy would be history. Rallying is not about true

offroading, any rally car can run circles around off roaders. For that matter even Mahindra UV's are also sponsored at many rallies. During its hey days many Gypsy's were privately entered too!

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Don't you think with the current 140bhp engine on Scorpio or Safari, a properly set vehicle would blow off the Gypsy, don't get me wrong, I still think Gypsy to be a fantastic vehicle, but in this case, there is definitely the factor of sponsorship and full blown factory support to consider. Take the track record of Gypsies in international scenario and you will see my point, the Gyspy was never meant for rallying.

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and friends, we cannot judge best rally car, based on engine only. the handling should be very good, too. also there are other parameters like engine weight. also comes a very important parameter.: the reliability.

my specimen in consideration is baleno. it is having the most unsporty engine among cedia, fiesta and baleno (which were the main rivals in indian rallying, when baleno was here.). but it competed and won with them. it scored over fiesta in by the help of reliability & light weight, even though ford's engine was far superior

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harryccc you're very right - the Esteems, Zens, Gypsy's, Balenos are all among the Best rally machines in India and not Made in India. Most of their critical parts are Japanese.

Yes Gurkha the new Scorpio will be a true blue rally SUV and may come out with flying colours. Safaris  need to prove their total reliability though the recent SAARC rally had many Safaris successfully competing. The Gypsy is sold as the Suzuki Jimmy internationally and cannot stand anywhere near other rally cars at the international sweepstakes. But it had its day in India in the 1980's and 90's. Yes, as you also say MUL's sponsorship commitment was total.

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Yeah dudes the Cedia' date=' Lancer and Baleno are also excellent. In fact Mitsubishi depends too much on feedbacks from rallies to upgrade their cars.

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but isnt that where u learn more from ??? u make mistakes in the rally, u fix it in the other cars... isnt that how it works /?

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of the current crop of rally cars, the cedia is the best by a long margin. unfortunately, indian rallying does not have four-wheel drive cars. the gypsy isn't exactly a rally car; the reason it came to prominence was because of its hardiness and the sheer paucity of anything else to rally with. not to mention it is cheap to repair and re-repair and re-re-repair.

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