Hino look­ing for records in Dakar 2017

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

HINO Mo­tors Lim­ited, Ja­pan’s lead­ing truck man­u­fac­turer, will en­ter its cus­tom­ary two trucks in the 2017 Dakar Rally in South Amer­ica as it aims to ex­tend its record to 26 con­sec­u­tive fin­ishes in this gru­elling two-week event.

Hino will also be out to win the class for trucks with en­gines un­der 10 litres ca­pac­ity for the eighth time in a row.

Once again, the team will be man­aged by Team Su­gawara and it is a joint ven­ture with Hino en­gi­neers who have fur­ther im­proved the per­for­mance of the two 500-se­ries four-wheel drive trucks. Hino is again the only en­try from a Ja­panese truck man­u­fac­turer, with all the other trucks com­ing from Eastern and West­ern Europe.

This year’s route of al­most 9 000 km goes from Asun­cion in Paraguay on Jan­uary 2, 2017, via Bo­livia to the fin­ish in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, on Jan­uary 14. This is the first time the route will go through Paraguay, which makes it the 29th coun­try in the world that the Dakar has tra­versed in its his­tory, which dates back to 1977.

The 2017 event has at­tracted a to­tal of 344 en­tries, with 54 trucks, 136 cars, 110 mo­tor­cy­cles and 44 quads.

Hino No. 1 is based on the truck that raced in the 2016 event, with up­dates to the per­for­mance of the nine-litre, straight six turbo-charged en­gine and sus­pen­sion up­grades. The en­gine now de­vel­ops 650 hp of power and 2 255 Nm of torque. Truck No. 2 is new for the 2017 event, with im­proved dura­bil­ity com­po­nents fol­low­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Silk Way Rally in July. (11 000 km event from Moscow to Bei­jing).

Both trucks have six-speed trans­mis­sions, with No. 1 be­ing part-time four­wheel drive and No. 2 hav­ing full-time four-wheel drive.

Hino No. 1 will be driven by Yoshi­masa Su­gawara with Mit­sugu Taka­hashi do­ing the nav­i­gat­ing, while Yoshi­masa’s son, Teruhito, will drive Hino No. 2 with Hiroyuki Sugiura as his nav­i­ga­tor. Team di­rec­tor Yoshi­masa Su­gawara (74) has en­tered the Dakar Rally 33 times con­sec­u­tively, which is a record. He is the only Ja­panese to have com­peted in the race on a mo­tor­cy­cle and quad, as well as in a car and truck. He holds the record for the most con­sec­u­tive fin­ishes in the Dakar Rally at 25. His son, Teruhito, con­tested the rally for the 18th time in 2016, fin­ish­ing in the top 10 on 13 oc­ca­sions.

PHOTO: HINO

Hino Mo­tors Lim­ited will en­ter its cus­tom­ary two trucks in the 2017 Dakar Rally in South Amer­ica.

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