|Dakar Rally 2014: New Hino support truck to make its debut in the rally.|
For the first time in 10 years, Hino Team Sugawara will be introducing a completely new heavy-duty support truck. Based on the "Hino 700 Series ZS" that is known for its excellent terrain crossing performance, the new support truck has been fitted with a variety of functions that are necessary for racing support and given upgrades to its overall support capabilities in preparation for its debut in the Dakar Rally 2014.
Because the Dakar Rally requires teams to drive over a total distance of 10,000 km and set up camp each night for a period of about 2 weeks, the rally poses a challenge not only to the performance of racing vehicles and the skills of its crew, but also to the teams' support capabilities.
In addition to being responsible for transporting spare parts and camping equipment, the support truck is also central in carrying out maintenance service tasks and indeed to the wellbeing of team members at the camp sites. As such, the truck plays an absolutely critical role in the race.
In Dakar Rally 2004 the Team introduced a heavy-duty support truck that was based on the "Hino Profia." And although the truck has continued to support the team's finishing streak and numerous class championships for a period of 10 years, it will be retired in view of the increasingly sophisticated nature of the race in recent years and the need to improve the team's transport efficiency and working environment.
To this end, the team will be introducing a completely new heavy-duty support truck to enhance its support capabilities. The new support truck will be based on the HINO700 Series ZS, which is receiving rave reviews in dump truck and mining markets overseas as it performs well over rough terrain and has a very robust frame.
The refitting plan for its rear body was based on Hino Team Sugawara's extensive know-how, the frame and exterior were built by Hino Engineering Annex, Ltd., and the interior and special mechanisms were made by Tsuboi Special Body, Co. Ltd., resulting in a truck that is optimally suited for rally support.
Moving forward, the truck will undergo vehicle inspections in Mongolia in October and given final tune-ups at Japan Racing Management's garage in France, after which it is scheduled to make its debut in January at the Dakar Rally 2014. With significant upgrades made to its heavy-duty support truck, the team aims to achieve higher rankings in the upcoming race.
2013/09/10 | 21:09 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SUGAWARA