Mr. Thomas has covered 26,500 km in 78 days covering 100 towns and cities in India. He has started the expedition on May 03, 2012 from Mumbai and drove the Nano to India’s extreme reaches. In the East he drove till Tawang, in the South till Kanyakumari, in the West he drove till Dwarka and in the North he went to Kargil and also ascended to Khardung La( 18380 ft. high) and Tanglang La both of which are in Ladakh. Khardung La and Tanglang La are the highest and second highest motorable roads in the world respectively. He had also been to Nagpur and Bhutan.
Mr. Chako, on concluding his journey said “I chose the Tata Nano for this journey because it is the car that has put India on the world motoring map. It also has very good ground clearance and climbs well. The journey was not a joyride but an expedition to explore the country and know the people. The 78-day all India drive has tested the Nano across the some of the most rugged terrains of the country and through all kinds of weather. The car emerged successful in this test of endurance. The Nano is a dream project. It is every person’s aspiration to own a car and the Nano fulfills this dream. In a way, this small wonder has fulfilled my dream to explore India”.
“This journey has indeed been an achievement and a book is very much on the cards. It would perhaps be named Mano et Nano: India to its farthest reaches”, he added.
Nano, the frugally engineered road car, has proved to be a triumph of somewhat homegrown engineering as some of the parts used in Nano may not have been developed or produced in India. In many car rallies and expeditions undertaken by Tata Motors or by the customers on their own, Nano has been a thrilling surprise and had shown robustness and reliability. These expeditions help the customers to understand and experience the brand. So the company will continue to encourage these rallies and expeditions.