Hino Motors set to enter the 2007 Paris-Dakar rally aiming for its 17th consecutive successful course completion with a 2-truck team-up
Hino Motors, Ltd. (“Hino”) is aiming for its 17th consecutive successful finish in the Dakar Rally (commonly known as the Paris-Dakar). Hino will be entering two medium-duty Hino FT trucks in the Camion (Truck) Division of the rally widely considered to be the most punishing in the world, which is scheduled to start on January 6, 2007.
Since the rally in 2006, Hino has been promoting initiatives centered in the reinforcement of the support structure of Team Sugawara led by Yoshimasa Sugawara and vehicle development with a changeover in the team name to HINO TEAM SUGAWARA.
In preparation of the rally in 2007, it has developed a new model vehicle realizing a broad improvement in aerodynamic properties of the vehicle body. This improves the degree of design maturity of the vehicle and makes it possible to aim for more effective racing performance taking advantage more than ever of the light-weight and compact body of the Hino FT.
In addition, six mechanics will be dispatched from the Hino Group, two more than last year, showing its strong commitment to a fully equipped backup system.
The drivers again this time will be the father-son team of Yoshimasa Sugawara, who is looking to further improve his world record of 24 consecutive appearances and 18 consecutive completions in the Paris-Dakar, and Teruhito Sugawara, a higher-ranking winner for two consecutive years. The HINO TEAM SUGAWARA will be pursuing its 17th consecutive completion with a powerful lineup that further enhances its collective strength.
In 1991, Hino became the first Japanese truck manufacturer to take part in the Paris-Dakar and, since then, it has set new records for both consecutive appearances and completions. Furthermore, in 1997, it placed first, second and third overall for the first time ever in the Camion Division. It has consistently completed the course in the world’s most grueling rally event, competing against monster camions in the overall camion category for top place and succeeding in winning high rankings.
Hino will continue to demonstrate its technological capabilities, product strength and corporate spirit of challenge through the Paris-Dakar.
|Photo: 2006 Paris-Dakar|
|Daily on-site reports will be presented on the company website (http://www.hino.co.jp/j/brand/race/dakarrally/index.html*) |
during the event (January 6-21, 2007). Don’t miss it! *Japanese only
- Overview of the 2007 Dakar Rally
- “HINO TEAM SUGAWARA” team composition
|Team name||HINO TEAM SUGAWARA|
|Vehicle||2 Hino FTs|
|Division to enter||Camion division|
- History of Hino in the Dakar Rally
Hino FT (1991 - 2006)
Hino first participated in the Dakar Rally as a Japanese truck manufacturer in 1991. It took second place overall in the camion division in 1994 and the same again for the second time the following year. It reinforced the team structure beginning in 1994 with the aim of winning the overall championship and went on in 1997 to achieve a brilliant feat of placing unprecedented first, second and third in the camion division. It continued later to show itself to be a top team in the camion division, winning the overall championship in this division three more times. In addition, it won seven straight victories in the under-10-liter category of the camion division in effect between 1996 and 2002. The displacement categories went through an reorganization for the following two years and Hino won the championship again for this category when it was reestablished for the 2005 event.
/Under 10 Liters class)
|16||2006||Lisbon - Dakar||9,043||Hino|
|5th, 7th/ NA|
|15||2005||Barcelona - Dakar||8,956||2nd, 6th/ Winner|
(only the winner was awarded)
|14||2004||Clermont - Ferrand - Dakar||10,411||5th/ NA|
- Sharm El Sheikh
|12||2002||Arras - Madrid |
|9,440||3rd/ Winner |
victory in this class)
|11||2001||Paris - Dakar||10,873||2nd/ Winner|
|10||2000||Paris - Dakar |
|9||1999||Granada - Dakar||9,441||4th/ Winner|
|8||1998||Paris - Granada |
|7||1997||Dakar - Agades |
|8,051||Winner, 2nd, 3rd/ Winner, 2nd, 3rd|
(a record first in the Camion category)
|6||1996||Granada - Dakar||7,579||6th,11th/ Winner, 2nd|
|5||1995||Granada - Dakar||10,067||2nd/ NA|
|4||1994||Paris - Dakar||13,398||2nd/ NA|
|3||1993||Paris - Dakar||8,877||6th/ NA|
|2||1992||Paris - Sirte |
- Cape Town
|13,015||4th,5th, 6th, 10th/ NA|
|1||1991||Paris - Tripoli |
|9,186||7th, 10th, 14th/ NA|
(participated as the first Japanese truck manufacturer)