|Dakar Rally 2014: New Liebherr engines for three Kamaz Master trucks.|
The leading Dakar Truck-Team, Kamaz from Russia, has switched the engines in three of their five racetrucks. "The Kamaz 4326 has been giving us good results but we have still been able to add several technical innovations to our vehicle," Team Manager Vladimir Chagin said to the Russian Agency [ RIA ]. Chagin was competing and winning fro many years and now retired from driving.
"The engine capacity of the race trucks will be limited to 16.5 liters from 2016. Therefore we are taking two engines to this Dakar, a new Liebherr model as well as our tried and tested Yaroslav engine. We have also been working on better weight distribution on our trucks and the assembly of our fuel tanks. Also all our trucks are now equipped with improved brakes that we have developed alongside Wabco and Knorr-Bremse," Chagin reported.
Kamaz will not deploy an experimental fuel-saving gas turbine design at Dakar, Chagin said, adding that he hoped it would be ready for competition at other events next year. The team has set a target of getting all of the team's top three entries, in the Liebherr-powered trucks, into the top 10.
"In terms of tactics we will be sticking to what has worked for us in the past. Each of our race crews is given all the support they need to achieve the best result they can," Chagin added. "The crews of Nikolaev, Mardeev and Karginov have a task of reaching the top 10 whilst the two trucks of Sotnikov and Shibalov should earn experience, test the trucks and reach the finish."
2013/12/24 | 03:29 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/RB/RIA