What is Mahindra Great Escape all about?
The Mahindra Great Escape is a one day off-roading event wherein Mahindra customers are invited to experience their Mahindra vehicle’s off-road capabilities on a route carefully chosen by professionals. Participants also get a chance to learn various off-road driving techniques like use of 4x4 systems, recovery and more. Each Great Escape location may have three trails – 4x2, 4x4 and Off-Roading Trophy.
4x2 and 4x4 Trails are priced at Rs 3,000 per vehicle while the Off-Roading Trophy is priced at Rs 11,500 per vehicle. The 4x2 and 4x4 trails are focused on having fun with your Mahindra vehicle in a safe and controlled environment. It is ideal for beginners to test the limits of their vehicles.
The Off-Roading Trophy is the competitive (open only to Mahindra 4x4 vehicles) and participants are judged on their driving through obstacles. Winners of each location are invited on an all-expense paid trip for the final competition held at the Mahindra Adventure Off-Road Training Academy, Igatpuri, Maharashtra to compete and stand a chance to win a New Mahindra Thar CRDe 4x4.
What is the Great Escape program schedule?
Participants have to reach the venue by 8:00 AM for registration and breakfast.
There will be a briefing session by 9:30 AM to explain the dos and don'ts, post which there will be the flag-off. The event finishes by lunch time where all the participants gather and recount their moments during the event over lunch. There will also be the prize distribution ceremony for the winners of the off-road trophy in the respective location. The participants will disperse post lunch.
How many members are allowed per car to participate in Great Escapes?
The base package covers entry for 2 people. However, you may add more passengers at a cost of Rs 1,000 per head. Kids below 12 years are priced at Rs 750 per head.
Base Package includes:
1. Breakfast & Lunch
2. Snack Packs
3. Mahindra Merchandise (T-shirts & Caps)
4. Mahindra Adventure Sticker Set
5. Recovery services on trail
2. Spares and service
3. Travel/stay (if applicable)
What is Off-Road Trophy?
Off-roading is the competitive side of the regular great escapes. Participants would be evaluated on their driving techniques. There would be 4 winners from each region who would in turn compete in semifinals & finals. Winner in finals takes away brand new THAR CRDe as grand prize (conditions apply). The second position in finals is entitled to free participation in one of Mahindra Adventure international expeditions and second runner-up gets entry to one of the Mahindra Adventure domestic expeditions. There’s a separate category for women drivers who compete for women’s category trophy and take home a set of Maxxis Mud Terrain tyres.
Each region would have the following winners:
Winner Stock Category
Runner-up Stock Category
Winner Modified Category
Runner-up Modifed Category
Winner Women’s Category (if applicable)
The only modifications allowed would be MT tyres up to 31inch and off-road bumpers.
Any modification done apart from MT tyres would be classified under Modified Category. Only Mahindra engines/gearboxes and body allowed.
The participants would be judged on the following criteria:
1. Flag Points
2. Cone Penalties
3. Vehicle Preservation/Safety
Each flag collected by the driver would earn him/her +5 points. The flag must be collected by hand by the driver only. He/she must not exit the vehicle to collect the flag. He/she may unbuckle the seatbelt to reach the flag, but the belt must be buckled back in before the next flag can be collected. Some obstacles will have a ‘Super Flag’ which will earn the driver +10 points.
Each cone that the vehicle displaces/topples deducts 5 points from the overall score. The vehicle is allowed to touch the cone, but if there’s lateral displacement or toppling of the cone, the penalty will apply. If the negative points are more than the positive points, the overall score will remain at zero.
This is on a 10-point scale where the judges will decide if the vehicle is being operated in an unsafe manner. If the vehicle is being driven in a fashion where damage to the vehicle may occur, the judges will deduct marks. Safety of operations also apply to the co-driver. The co-driver must always be in a safe position away from the vehicle during the obstacle operations.
1. Each vehicle in off-roading trophy must come with a working 4x4 with low ratio.
2. Seatbelts and helmets must be worn at all times during operation.
3. Every obstacle has a time limit (MPL) within which the vehicle is allowed to operate. Fastest time DOES NOT win.
4. The vehicles are allowed to stretch the boundary tapes, but if two wheels cross the boundary tape and/or if the tape breaks, the vehicle will be DNF.
5. DNF will also apply if the vehicle is stuck in the obstacle and has to be recovered by the marshals.
6. In case of DNF, all the flags and cones collected up to the point of DNF will apply.
7. Each vehicle if getting stuck will be given three attempts to get unstuck after which DNF will be awarded. DNF may also be awarded if the judges think that the obstacle is being destroyed by the vehicle.
The judges are chosen by Mahindra based on their off-roading experience and considered the best in the business. The scores are subjective and unless decided, there won’t be any timing involved. The judge decision is final and any protest won’t be allowed.
Great Escape Registration Cost
4wd Trail Drive