Hino Motors Begins Preparations for Dakar Rally 2013
HINO TEAM SUGAWARA entered a new truck in the Dakar Rally 2012 where it claimed its third championship in the "Under 10-litre" class in the Trucks category, and achieved "21 consecutive finishes" in the race.
For the 2013 race, Hino Motors and Team Sugawara have decided to come together as HINO TEAM SUGAWARA to continue their racing efforts in what will be the fifth race to be held in South America. All suppliers, sponsors, and the entire Hino group are committed to working together to showcase the spirit of HINO TEAM SUGAWARA and deliver a moving experience to Hino customers and fans around the world as it competes against European monster trucks powered with engines with more than twice the displacement.
1. Dakar Rally 2013 Overview
Dakar Rally 2013 is slated to start in Lima, the capital city of Peru. This will be the second time a segment of the race is held in Peru. From Lima, the contestants will head south along the Pacific Coast and traverse the Andes Mountains where they will encounter elevations in the 7,000 meter range before entering Argentina. Once in Argentina, the teams will have a rest day at Tucuman, a region that is well-known for its sugar cane production. After the rest day, they will cross back over the Andes to the Pacific Ocean side, and finish at Santiago, the capital city of Chile. Right out of the start gate, contestants will be crossing an expansive desert, traverse the Andes Mountains twice midway through the race, and just before the finish, race through the Atacama Desert which is reputed to be the driest region on the planet. As you can see, this race will be a non-stop sequence of extremely challenging stages.
|Rally Name:||Dakar Rally 2013|
|Organizer:||Amaury Sport Organisation|
|Passing Countries:||Peru, Argentina, Chile|
|Program:||Jan 5, 2013 Start
(Lima in Peru)
|Jan 13, 2013 Rest Day
(Tucuman in Argentina)
|Jan 20, 2013 Goal
(Santiago in Chile)
2. HINO TEAM SUGAWARA's Preparations for the Race
"The Dakar Rally continues to evolve."
HINO TEAM SUGAWARA has continued to race against European monster trucks which are designed specifically for racing and have more than twice the engine displacement than the trucks that Hino has entered. While Hino trucks have always caught the attention of the public as a worthy rival to these monster trucks, the speed and power of these trucks have increased dramatically since the race relocated to South America, making for much more intense competition in the higher rankings. As the various teams continued to enhance their performance levels, organizers designated race courses with increasing levels of difficulty, essentially transforming the Dakar Rally into a "racing rally" that incorporated elements of an "adventure rally."
"Team employs new systems to achieve further performance enhancements."
In the 2012 race, the team employed a mid-ship engine layout, shed 300kg of weight, and improved their trucks' cooling performance to win their third consecutive class championship and reduce their time difference with the overall leader by 10%. With a firm footing in these accomplishments, HINO TEAM SUGAWARA will be making further performance enhancements to its trucks for the 2013 race, which will be the second year of a 3-year plan that began at the 2012 race. The trucks will be powered by a common rail engine that produces powerful torque at low engine speeds. Their suspensions will be given a new axle with a hub reduction* mechanism for maintaining a good minimum ground height to improve terrain traversing capability. And the axles will be fitted with disk brakes for better braking performance and operability.
* Hub reduction: A design where reduction gears are incorporated in the wheel hub in order to increase minimum ground height, which is a crucial element in improving traversing capability over uneven terrain. This design allows for smaller differential gears, enabling designers to reduce the size of the differential gear case and achieve a higher minimum ground height for the axle.
"Taking on a challenge with no fear of risks"
While equipping vehicles with a new power train is inherently risky as such changes can lead to unforeseen problems during the race, HINO TEAM SUGAWARA has dared to take on this challenge in what it considers to be a "year of challenges" in order to aim for even higher standings in the race. This year again, the best and brightest of Hino's development departments have come together to create new racing trucks as a way to prove the "excellent durability and reliability" of Hino vehicles.
These trucks will be piloted by Yoshimasa Sugawara - "Japanese Legend in Dakar" who achieved a record 30 consecutive entries at the 2012 race, and is holder of the most consecutive finishes in the Dakar Rally at 20 - and his second son Teruhito Sugawara, HINO TEAM SUGAWARA's ace driver. These two racers, both of whom have accumulated vast amounts of know-how based on the solid feedback of race results and through their extensive experience, are working directly with developers from Hino and part manufacturers to develop the new trucks - "HINO's Little Monsters" - as part of their effort to once again take on monster trucks with larger engine displacements.
|Team / director:||HINO TEAM SUGAWARA/Yoshimasa Sugawara|
|Trucks to be entered:||Two HINO 500 Series|
|August 12-19:||Race in the Rally Mongolia 2012 (Real-world testing of the new race trucks)|
|Early to mid-October:||Final drive tests in Japan and press conference to announce race entry|
|Mid- to late December:||Final truck adjustments in Argentina|
<Topic> "Sugawara School" Built in Mauritania
Mauritania, located on the west coast of Africa, was an important supporter of the Dakar Rally when the adventure rally was being held in Africa. To give back to the many people who had helped him throughout the years, Yoshimasa Sugawara has been supporting the construction of an elementary school in Khat Wahchiya village. A letter from the mayor of the village was received saying, "Thanks to you, construction of the school was completed in late 2011" after three years of support.
* The information included in this news article was up to date as of its time of publishing, and may be revised without notice.
* The HINO vehicle referred in this news in relation to the rally is specially designed, tuned and modified for the Dakar Rally, and most of its specifications are different from those of the HINO vehicles sold in the market unless otherwise specifically mentioned.