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The Mahindra Super XUV300 petrol will be piloted by Team Mahindra Adventure drivers Gaurav Gill and co-driver Musa Sherif powered by the 1.2-litre engine. The second XUV300 with the 1.5-litre diesel will be driven by Amiittrajit Ghosh and co-driver Ashwin Naik. Both cars have been prepped by Arka Motorsport, which also worked on the Super XUV500 AWD. The XUV300 though will be a front-wheel drive model. The diesel version has reportedly received minimal changes over the stock version, save for the ECU remap, while the petrol motor has received a larger turbocharger, intake and exhaust, among other upgrades. The Super XUV300 petrol will be the only rally car with a three-pot motor on the grid this season.
In addition, Gaurav Gill's XUV300 will be using JK Tyre's motorsport developed 15-inch tyres, given his latest association with the tyre brand. Amittrajit Ghosh's XUV though will continue to use MRF rally-spec tyres of the same size. Apart from the engine upgrades, both cars have been received an rally tuned suspension from Reigers. All four disc rotors from the production car have been carried over, but the brake pads are new on the rally version.