|Silk Way Rally: Loprais / MKR Technology cooperation for SWR and Dakar.|
Aleš Loprais presented a new revolutionary Dakar special. In addition, our InstaForex Loprais Team connects with currently the most successful Czech truck racing MKR Technology Team. The goal is clear – to conquer together the famous Dakar Rally and before it the Russian "Silk Way Rally".
“The North Bohemia MKR Technology Team of designer Mario Kress designs the drive unit exactly according to our ideas. I am very happy that after two years of establishing the cooperation is the project for our Tatra-Queen realized."
"The heart of vehicle is essential for long-distance competitions. The performance level is moving us into another dimension of our biggest rivals like Kamaz or Iveco. The new engine is also more environmentally friendly, which is the increasingly pursued aspect on the Dakar Rally,” said happily Ales Loprais, the rally car driver.
The new special will be called "Queen 69 – EVO II" and is based on the type designation of Tatra Jamal. “The Queen” is more powerful and lighter in comparison with the previous generation and emphasis on improved aerodynamics.
This desert giant will be fitted with a new six-cylinder “MKR Powertrain Rally Edition” unit with a capacity of 12,8 liters and output of 920 hp with a torque of 4200 Nm. This unit will come from the technological centre of Kress’s team in Židovice near Roudnice.
“It should be noted that this engine would have completely different parameters that the one used on circuits. There are completely different conditions on the Dakar Rally. It will be another extreme but it’s more of a challenge for us all. We intend to build an engine directly for Ales Tatra and we will try to help Aleš to get to the very top of this world famous competition,” said about the project Mario Kress, the German designer and owner of the MKR Technology Team.
The another absolute novelty on the revolutionary Tatra are special shock absorbers that is Loprais developing in association with the Slovak producer under the newly created Loprais FRT shock absorbers brand.
InstaForex Loprais Team with the new truck intends to participate in two major marathon races – the Silk Way Rally in Russia and the Dakar Rally 2014 in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
“Our new weapon hit the first “shake down” in the second half of May. The first tests, vehicle setting, presentation to media and our advertising partners, without whom we could not realize the birth of the Queen 69, are waiting. In June we are planning the comparison test of the old and the new generation of truck on the one identical track. I am really looking forward this fight,” said Aleš Loprais
2013/04/10 | 10:27 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/HOUTHOOFDTOVA