|SA-Dakar 2012: Iveco and De Rooy to beat the "blue Kamaz Armada" with 5 Trucks.|
Team "Petronas De Rooy Iveco" have actually already debuted at the "OiLibya Rally of Morocco" Rally in October. The two Iveco vehicles were driven by Miki Biasion (Italy) and Gerard De Rooy (Holland) and, despite the fact it was largely a preparatory exercise, they achieved excellent results, placing themselves first and second in the truck-category and fifth and sixth overall.
The Dutch team will compete in Dakar 2012 with four Iveco Trakker 4x4s, featuring FPT Industrial Cursor 13 engines generating over 900 hp, specially equipped for rallying, and with a Strator prototype made in Holland, featuring an Iveco chassis and driveline and a cab based on the Powerstar, produced and sold by Iveco in Australia.
The rally trucks will be driven by Miki Biasion (winner of Dakar in 1999, with a first place in the truck category and fifth overall), Gerard de Rooy (Holland), Hans Stacey (winner of Dakar 2007 with MAN), Josep "Pep" Vila Roca (Spain) and Jo Adua (France). Some other Trakkers, tasked with providing vehicle support and assistance during the competition, will complete the line-up of team Petronas De Rooy Iveco at the forthcoming Dakar event.
The Trakker, considered "best in class" for its everyday use but also for far tougher challenges, is designed to work in all climatic conditions and on all types of terrain, from dirt roads to extreme off-road conditions, with the utmost comfort, safety and productivity. The forthcoming race will provide Iveco with an invaluable opportunity to verify the behaviour of its product in action: every single vehicle will be put through its paces in extreme situations, making this the perfect chance to carry out interesting, important assessments on reliability and performance.
Iveco vehicles have already proven their worth in tough tests in the past, for example in the Overland 2010 expedition in which a Trakker 6x6 and a Daily 4x4, taking the place of the classic American cabs used in previous editions, completed one of the toughest, most gruelling expeditions of recent times.
FPT Industrial confirms its vocation for sport competitions in the rally sector as well, after many great achievements in the field of nautical competitions, with the supply of its C13 engines. In fact, the speed record was recently obtained by the Kerakoll hull, powered by two 9-litre C90-650 engines, on the Montecarlo - Venice route. This result was achieved consuming half the quantity of fuel than the previous record set in 1994. This demonstrates the exceptional services provided by FPT Industrial engines; concern for the environment; reduction of fuel consumption and operating costs, all of which are behind engine production.
2011/11/11 | 13:49 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/FPT