Commenting on the ocassion, Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Bengaluru has a rich racing culture and has a wide variety of terrains, hence the off-road vehicle segment has the potential for growth. We are pleased to start Polaris Experience Zone with Play and Target Games & Facilities to offer off-road motor experience to motor sports lovers in Bengaluru. Southern India is an important market for us as it contributes majorly towards our growth story in India and hence strategic for us. We foresee huge interest and potential in this market and plan to introduce more off-road tracks in Southern India. We plan to increase the number of such tracks from 13 to 25 by this year-end.”
Directions to the Sarjapur ‘Play X Games Arena’ Polaris off road track
Getting to the Polaris Off Road Track was a bit of a hassle without proper landmarks, so allow us to help you out. Hit the Sarjapur Road and head to the Total Mall on Sarjapur Road, after which you’ll cross the Sarjapur Fire Station on the left, and finally the Kaikondrahalli Lake on your right and then . A nondescript right turn which is officially called the Central Jail Road, Matha Amritha College Road but known better to locals as the ‘Hosa Road’ will take you to Play X Games Arena. Deep inside the Arena you have the Polaris Track where you should definitely try the Ranger RZR S 800 EFI!
Tackling the off road track in the Ranger RZR S 800 EFI
Offered an opportunity to drive the Ranger RZR S on the off road track, we simply couldn’t refuse. While the Sportsman series of ATVs let you know every second of the ride that you’re on a vehicle unlike any other you have driven, the Ranger series of side-by-sides leave you in a vague state that lies somewhere between I’m in something that’s as bare as a go-kart and Why is this 4×4 not as tall as the others I’ve driven. Once you get past the momentary disorientation, you fall into a rhythm and start to consider yourself the numero uno driving God. The pits, the inclines are good fun the first time around, but pose no challenge to the RZR S. You just modulate the throttle and rarely find the need to brake. We look forward to taking the Ranger RZR S 800 EFI out in the wild where it belongs, someday.
The RZR S and the rest of the ATVs all have the Polaris Variable Transmissions (PVT) with P/R/N/L/H positions on the lever. The RZR S has a High and Low mode, as with other 4×4 vehicles, L is for more torque and really tricky situations while H for a sprint. The Ranger RZR S has Polaris’ On Demand AWD. There a toggle switch for AWD and 2WD, but even in the AWD mode, the front wheels engage only when the rear loses traction.
Stunts by HTRZ
A stunt was organized prior to the inauguration of the track to keep the attendees entertained. Polaris’s Entry level Phoenix 200 ATVs were used along with a couple of Pulsars, Apaches and an FZ. The Phoenix 200 was a stunning machine that stood out in the crowd of heavily customized stunt machines. HTRZ is a stunting group based in Kerala and I sincerely hope they sent their second best to this event. While the group did manage to keep the audience engaged, the stunts didn’t have the rhythm and the style we’ve seen with other popular stunt groups.
Directions to the Polaris Off Road Track at Yeshwanthpur
The Yeshwanthpur track is on the Tumkur Road east of Taj Vivanta. The track is in the Golden Grand Apartment complex. This facility has 5 Polaris ATVs including Sportsman 90cc, RZR 170cc, Scrambler 500cc, Sportsman 400cc and Sportsman 500cc.
As one if its methods to reach out to people, Polaris now has such off road tracks in cities including Greater Noida, Ahemdabad, Bhopal, Nagpur, Goa, Pune, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Munnar, Chennai.
Polaris India currently has a presence through dealerships in 13 major cities, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Jaipur, Jammu, Ludhiana, Indore & Dehradun.
Regarding the current market scenario, Mr. Dubey said, “Currently, we are witnessing a increased interest towards adventure sports in India. With improving infrastructure facilities, awareness about this category of vehicles and the desire for adventure sports activities, Polaris finds it a perfect fit to offer its products to more and more adventure lovers in Bengaluru who can now experience the real thrill. With the introduction of off-road circuits across the country our purpose is to sensitize the consumers and create a new market for recreational vehicles and to generate more interest in these activities.”
Mr. Sharath Reddy, Owner, Play, stated, “We are delighted to be associated with Polaris India. The track not only offers riders a place to experience the excitement of Polaris off-road vehicles, but also serves as a wonderful place for family entertainment.”
Mr. Alok, Owner, Target Games & Facilities Pvt. Ltd, stated, “The aim is to provide a safe, family fun time filled with lot of thrill. Whether you are an off-road enthusiast looking for a thrill or motor sport lover, you will simply enjoy riding sturdy Polaris vehicles on the track.”
Some of the images used in this story were shot by R. Balasailendran