Gone in 26 seconds

“One second early… one second early. No! Two seconds late! Floor it!” That was my navigator bellowing into my ear as we came around a bend on a dirt track in Munnar – in the rain – and ran blind into a time control (TC) board. TopGear had been invited to the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare TSD (Time Speed Distance) rally as an official part of the Mahindra Adventure Rally team. Now we’ve done some TSD events before, but this time TG went national. Dakshin Dare 2011 had India’s best drivers and navigators fighting and calculating away as they crisscrossed the roads of south India. Most of you know what a TSD rally is, but for those who don’t, it’s not about pure speed. (Words: Manish Sarser, Photography: Mahindra & Mahindra)