Taking off on India’s 75th Independence Day
Location: TAAL Aerodrome (Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd.), Bangalore
There is something about the airforce and jet pilots that captures the fascination of everyone growing up. While we have often spoken about how a lot of our engineering inspiration and processes comes from the aviation and aerospace industries, paying a tribute to the aviation world, and more importantly, to the pilots themselves, seemed logical.
That’s when our idea of beginning test rides to mark the 75th Independence Day evolved into something larger - showcasing the F77’s cutting edge specs and capabilities by giving actual fighter pilots a first-hand experience of the near production ready version of the F77.
Our event layout was spread across the TAAL Aerodrome, with an indoor briefing zone in one of the hangars, and the main runway where the rides were planned. It was a complex challenge to map out an experience where the rides give you the complete speed + handling experience of the F77 across the different ride modes.
Flags and banners aside, we established dedicated sections for our electronics and testing departments to showcase real-time telemetry data to the audience. Even with the goal to make the course challenging, we had a zero compromise approach towards safety.
The event commenced with the pilots going straight to the hangar and gearing up, eager to race the winds. Our excitement was in direct proportion to the eagerness and curiosity they showed while our crew walked them through the basics of operating the F77. As the pilots took turns dashing down the airstrip, from the slalom to sharp lane shifts, watching our superheroes manoeuvre through the technical riding course at a confident pace, only to accelerate through on the way back at breath-taking speeds was indeed a sight to behold.
While some pilots were engaged with our telemetry setup (all the F77s were transmitting data pertaining to acceleration, torque, handling, braking, battery temperature, lean angles - all in real time), we had the other pilots observing the F77s through high powered binoculars. It was truly overwhelming to know that the aviation DNA of our motorbike was acknowledged across all aspects of design, vehicle engineering, performance, safety, and user experience.
We concluded our event with a presentation and QnA session, along with refreshments and everyone’s favourite - exclusive UV merch. Ourwill start in September, followed by the official launch of the F77.
We are looking forward to having passionate motorcycle and technology enthusiasts experience the F77.
Until then, ride safely everyone!