Motoring occasions are excessive up on each true blue automotive aficionado's want checklist, as they current an opportunity to reside the fervour that drives them. Sadly, they don’t see sufficient participation from girls. This begged us to query – Why ought to boys have all of the enjoyable? Can’t girls manoeuvre a automotive round a observe equally nicely? Who’s to say they aren’t pretty much as good as their male counterparts on the subject of driving too? To place this to relaxation, Autocar India teamed up with Ford to organise #SheDrives – a primary of its variety professional driving college for girls. And to assist the women get in contact with their inside petrolheads, we had Asia-Pacific Rally Champion, Gaurav Gill as driver coach for the day. With the first event in Mumbai being a resounding success, this time round, the bandwagon moved to Delhi-NCR to provide girls one other go at driving like professionals.
The second version of the #SheDrives occasion was held on March 30 and 31 in Gurugram and noticed participation from over 120 girls from all walks of life. To indicate them superior driving methods, an autocross observe consisting of quick straights, tight corners, chicanes and the works was particularly carved out. The morning started with ace rally automotive driver, Gill, taking every of the members on a sighting lap in a very inventory Ford Freestyle, acquainting them with numerous parts of the observe. This was adopted by an all-out sizzling lap which confirmed them what it could imply to drive on the sting. All girls had been then given an opportunity to go across the dust observe themselves and had been timed.
Having set a benchmark, the members had been moved to a slalom course the place they practised numerous abilities like tackling corners on dust, coping with understeer and oversteer and utilizing the handbrake to go sideways (in a managed method, clearly!). Lastly, the women got one other shot at a timed lap to see if they might shave essential seconds off their time.
With apply over, the members put the pedal to the steel. They might be seen discussing stuff like proper strains across the race observe, acceleration and braking with the instructors to wring essentially the most out of their vehicles. And the outcomes, do you have to ask? They managed to outperform their earlier selves, that too by a substantial margin. Some left even the instructors extremely impressed, which is not any small feat. In keeping with Gill, the time spent on the circuit was not nearly enjoyable. “The brand new insights into driving methods will even assist the members change into higher and safer drivers on the street, and that’s an exquisite factor,” he stated.
By the day’s finish, there have been loads of grinning faces. The members felt that the very idea of an “all girls’s driving program” had made them really feel extra snug about signing up for such an occasion. Some had such a blast that they confirmed up once more the second day, simply to have one other probability at bettering their lap occasions. Renuka Kirpalani, Editor of the Autocar India present, stated “It was nice to see the women change into extra assured and sooner over the course of this system. And the smiling faces made it extra gratifying nonetheless.”
With two profitable iterations wrapped up, the #SheDrives professional driving college will quickly transfer to a different metropolis. Preserve your eyes peeled for additional info.