Rain Forest Challenge was first launched in Malaysia in 1997 and is amongst the Top Ten Toughest motor races in the world (2013). Conceptualized and founded by Mr. Luis J. A. Wee, it has become an annual event and is held in jungles of Malaysia during the monsoon season. Over the past few years, RFC has built a reputation as the world’s most well-known and internationally represented off-road motorsport event. It is an international brand with presence in seven countries; Italy, Australia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tunisia, and China. During its first year in India in 2014, it has already made its presence felt on the RFC Global series map
Force Motors considered this event to be the ideal platform to showcase its extreme off-roading capabilities decided to become the title sponsors and also field 3 Force Gurkha at the event. Since India is comparatively new to extreme off-roading and an event of this stature was being held in the country for the first time, Force Motors commissioned drivers Tan Eng Joo and Mervyn Lim Wei Shiong, who had successfully competed in the mother event in Malaysia to drive two of the Gurkhas. The third Force Gurkha was driven by Sanjiv Singh with expertise in extreme off-roading.
Team Gurkha triumphed again by securing the overall second and third positions at the recently held RFC India 2016. Team Gurkha was awarded the Best Team Trophy, scoring 6215 cumulative points, indicating the reliable performance of all three Gurkhas throughout the challenge.
Force Motors had entered three vehicles in this off-roading event. Pilot of Gurkha no. 102, Malaysian Mervyn Lim and his navigator Hamizan Hamid performed consistently through all four Prologue, Predator, Terminator and Twilight stages. They finished the RFC India 2016 Second with overall score of 2166 points. Gurkha no. 101 piloted by Tan Eng Joo and his navigator Tan Choon Hong claimed the third position this year with 2111 points after an intense 6 days of off roading in the forests of Goa.
The newest team member Kabir Waraich and his navigator Gagan Sachdeva, piloted Gurkha no. 103 and put up a tenacious fight scoring 1938 points and the fourth place.In addition to the above, Team Force Gurkha also won the top three positions in 1611-2610 cc Diesel Engine category.