Etios Motor Racing

The Fastest to the First!


The FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy has a new addition to the family- Toyota Etios Motor Racing driver Akhil Rabindra has earned his place and joined the team. But the torque really reaches its peak with the fact that Akhil is the only driver to be selected for the academy from the Asia Pacific region, having been chosen from 11 short listed contenders for the spot from 11 countries.

Akhil Rabindra at Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy, 2013

Akhil Rabindra at Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy, 2013

It goes without saying that this win for Akhil is going to put him in the rink with previous participants in the Academy who have gone on to drive in Formula 1 and The World Rally Championship.

Akhil believes that the “training program conducted by TRD with international instructors along with Indian Champion Racing drivers was world class and a great opportunity for budding drivers in India.” Akhil says that the drivers “learnt driving skills, cornering, race-starts, to analyze telemetry. The entire series was very professionally conducted by Toyota.”


Akhil Rabindra - FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Asia Pacific

Akhil Rabindra -FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Asia Pacific

Akhil is on the track to the future now and with his selection into the academy, and the extensive training scheduled for him in 2014, Akhil is going to be exploring championships in Europe and Asia while continuing to participate in Indian championships as well.

Looks like the Toyota Etios Motor races have given a talented driver like Akhil, a great and healthy start!

A snap shot of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Asia Pacific Selection Event

EMR makes a thrilling pit stop at Chennai


The battleground

Chennai’s heart is still pounding with an overdose of adrenaline injected into its metaphorical veins. This is just one of the many positive side effects caused by the Etios Motor Racing (EMR) that recently crossed the chequered flag… with a bang. With the smell of rubber-meeting-the-road engulfing the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT), the high intensity inaugural edition of EMR could be best described in 2 words – WAKU DOKI. Waku-Doki is the feeling of anticipation and that adrenaline rush you get when you are about to do some exciting. It’s a feeling you can’t really describe and is so intense that your heart beats faster and you are almost trembling with excitement. The reasons were not difficult to fathom, with the congregation of Etios machines, and a community of auto enthusiasts… who just Love2Race.

The mood was set, undeniably, by 25 young EMR drivers. For them, the revving sounds emanating from over two dozen Etios engines in near harmony, was pure music to their racing ears. And the music played on for 3 days in a row.

Getting battle ready

It all kick started with the practice session on 25th of July, as the drivers marked their concrete territory and showcased their revving might. With cars tested to their speeding limits, and expert advice from the on-site red rooster team & Toyota racing specialists…. both the Etios machines and their expert racers were ready for the epic battle! (watch video:

Practice - EMR Chennai

Practice – EMR Chennai

 The Epic Battle of MMRT

The battleground was finally ready for some real gas-guzzling action. All buttoned up in chic racing gear, and nuts & bolts checked to perfection, the racers threw the metaphorical caution to the wind. Speed, thrill and pure action became the order of the 48 hours that followed. There were twists, turns and high decibel action. Though all 25 auto-warriors fought with inspiring bravery,  only a few with complete mastery on their art, emerged champions.

On the first day, Diljith zoomed ahead of its fellow racers to emerge victorious in Race#1. Arjun, true to his name, hit bulls eye with his Etios in # Race#2. The day ended on a victorious note for these 2 champions. The following day, some clouds of uncertainty loomed large in the horizon, but that did not deter the EMR-ites from providing memorable action to their fans. Diljith continued his winning streak in Race#3 as he crossed the finish line with thunderous ease. With the racers lined up and positioning lap in place, the setting and mood was just perfect for the grand finale… till the clouds above intervened to disrupt the proceedings. The race had to called off to ensure safety of the drivers.

Race Day - EMR, Chennai

Race Day – EMR, Chennai

 Gear up BIC

Like they say, this is just the beginning. EMR has made a thrilling pit stop at Chennai, as it readies itself for the next epic battle… nothing will change, except the venue. Brace yourselves for the next season of FMSCI National Racing Championship at Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

EMR Chennai 2013 - A Wrap

EMR Chennai 2013 – A Wrap

 It’s an honour for Toyota Kirloskar Motor to be associated with the FMSCI National Racing Championship, and the team has left no stone unturned to ensure unsullied racing action for auto fans. We would like to express our gratitude to our esteemed sponsors and partners – Red rooster racing, Motul, MRF, Denso & BMC air filters. Watch this space for more exciting updates, LIVE from the EMR race track! Catch all the on-going action on our Facebook page ( or on our Twitter handle