Punjab, 04/10/2012

Chandigarh, October 4, 2012: Vodafone India Ltd., one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, today showcased the exact replica of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racing car at Paras Downtown Mall, Zirakpur, on the outskirts of Chandigarh. The car is similar to the one driven by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racing stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Speaking about the initiative, Asit Shekhar, Business Head, Punjab, Vodafone India, said, “Leveraging our global association, we are proud to bring the exact replica of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racing car to our customers in Chandigarh. This is in line with our customer connect program in Chandigarh, the ideal planned city, where we are always on the lookout for avenues to create and provide a fun and differentiated experience for our customers. We expect that this initiative will provide an opportunity for motor racing enthusiasts to get up close and personal with the car.”

As racing enthusiasts in Chandigarh are gearing up for the second season of the much awaited motor racing event to be held in the National Capital Region in October 2012, they are getting a chance to see and take photographs with the car. Vodafone India is engaging with the residents of Chandigarh and surrounding areas, by showcasing the car at Paras Downtown Mall, Zirakpur, between October 3 – 5 2012.

Vodafone India, in order to make significant in-roads into the small and medium business community and to give them a platform for easier path of growth, had announced, in July 2012, the launch of the second season of the Vodafone Drive into the Big League. This initiative gives one lucky SME, the opportunity to take center stage with their logo on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars at the 2nd Indian Grand Prix. The city qualifiers have been conducted across ten locations in India and the Grand Finale with 21 finalists, out of 300,000 entries received, will take place in New Delhi this month, prior to the Grand Race Day.

The Technical specifications of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racing car are as under:
  • 0 -96 kph in 2.3 seconds
  • Average speed 246 kph
  • 32 valve, 8 cylinder, 2.4l engine (the show car doesn’t carry an engine with it)
  • Brake temperatures 300 – 1000 degrees C
  • Drivers can experience up to 5Gs
  • 2,500 gear changes per race
  • Carbon fibre composite body
  • Car and driver together weigh 640kg

About Vodafone India:

Vodafone India is a member of the Vodafone Group and commenced operations in 1994 when its predecessor Hutchison Telecom acquired the cellular license for Mumbai. The company with revenues of over INR 32,000 crores has operations across the country with around 155 million customers. Vodafone India has firmly established a strong position within the Vodafone Group too, making it the largest subscriber base globally. This journey is a strong testimony of Vodafone’s success in a highly competitive and price sensitive market.

At the Global ET Telecom Awards 2012, Vodafone India received the award for ‘Value Services –Rural Innovation Category’. Vodafone India has been awarded the 'Best Marketing Company for 2011' in a survey conducted by a leading financial daily. The company received the 'Most Admired Telecom Operator' and 'Best 3G Operator' awards at the recent Telecom Operator Awards 2012. Vodafone Business Services received the “Best Enterprise Service Provider” at the Frost & Sullivan Awards 2012. The company has also received the globally recognized prestigious ‘Product of the Year 2012’ consumer award for Vodafone Apps Store in the Mobile Services Category. In another survey conducted by Nielsen, Vodafone India was the only telecom player in the Top 10 ‘Most Exciting Youth Brands’ in India.

At Vodafone, sustainability is an integral part of the company’s mission and strategy, shaping the conduct of business every day. Vodafone India, in line with its group philosophy has released the Corporate Sustainability Report for India – Footprints 2010-11. To view the online version of the report, please visit Vodafone India has been awarded the prestigious “Golden Peacock Award” for corporate social responsibility for 2012.

Vodafone Group is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies with over 406 million customers as on June 30, 2012. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit

For more information, contact:
Mansi Tiwari I Vodafone India
Amardeep Tiwana | Adfactors PR
+ 9814046480 I

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