TVS Motor Company‘s flagship sports motorcycle Apache RR 310 has placed itself in the books of history with the fastest quarter-mile drag race time, having surpassed the previous record set by Yamaha RD350. TVS Racing’s 10-time INMRC champion Jagan Kumar clocked an astonishing 11.523-second quarter-mile timing. K Y Ahamed finished second, following closely in 11.996 seconds. The heavily reworked engine on the TVS Apache RR 310 generates almost twice the power output of the street version bike.
For the record-breaking run, the bike underwent some extensive changes and weight reduction was a prime focus. The drag race version of the Apache weighs in at only 109 kg, which TVS says is 9 kg lower than its Asia One Make Championship-spec race-winning bike.
The drag bike makes about twice the power of a standard version at a whopping 62 bhp. Plus, the engine is also turbocharged and gets an intercooler and electronically controlled boost. The compression ratio was lowered for the turbo and the connecting rod is titanium.
The bike also gets a new suspension setup, which TVS says makes for a lower centre of gravity. The new setup has a different spring rate and damping for drag application. The front forks are lighter and shorter (37 mm inverted).
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TVS has made use of lightweight materials like carbon wheels, carbon fibre bodywork, and subframe/seat. It gets a new lighter swingarm that’s 30 mm longer, a new fuel tank fashioned from aluminium with 1.3-litre capacity, a lighter rear disc plate and calliper, a smaller radiator, and a smaller and lighter front tyre.
The vertical centre of gravity dropped by 80 mm compared to the Asia OMC race bike and the wheelbase was increased by 44 mm compared to the standard bike to control wheelies.