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