The 17th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya will be flagged off on October 9, 2015 from Shimla. Because it is a rally conducted in the highest altitudes in the world, the Raid de Himalaya is considered the ultimate test of both man and machine. Over 150 entries are expected in this year’s rally. Participants will be tackling the treacherous Himalayan terrain through iconic locations such as Manali, Dalhousie and Rangdum before crossing the finish line in Srinagar. The total distance covered in the six-day rally is around 2,000km.
The Raid de Himalaya is split into two categories – Adventure and Xtreme. This year, for the first time, the Xtreme class has received 67 entries in the Motorcycle and Quad classes. There are 38 participants in the Xtreme Cars and Trucks category and 46 in the Adventure category.
Maruti-Suzuki will also debut its latest crossover, the S-Cross at the Raid de Himalaya. Four S-Cross cars will join the field in the Xtreme class. Raid de Himalaya veteran, Suresh Rana, will also participate in the 17th Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya. The nine time winner is expected to put up a fitting challenge to all competitors – new and old.[“source-overdrive”]