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HINO TEAM SUGAWARA

Hino Team Sugawara is a joint team formed by Hino Motors and Japan Racing Management to race in the Dakar Rally.

Members

Teruhito Sugawara

Team Director and Driver of Car 1

President, Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born Jul 13, 1972 Minato-ku, Tokyo
Teruhito Sugawara is the second son of Yoshimasa Sugawara, the “Iron Man of Dakar.” He first joined the Dakar Rally team as a mechanic in 1998, and began navigating for his father the following year. During the same period, he built up his experience in races including off-road races in Japan and Rally Mongolia before racing a HINO500 Series truck in the Pharaoh Rally (Egypt) in 2003, in which he finished with an overall championship in the Trucks category. Since 2005, he has been racing the Dakar Rally alongside his father as a father and son duo on two trucks, and won his first class championship in the Under 10-litre Class in 2007. In 2020, he won his eleventh consecutive championship in the class. His father Yoshimasa Sugawara announced his retirement from the Dakar Rally after 2019 event, and Teruhito Sugawara has taken up his position as team director.

Hirokazu Somemiya

Navigator, Car 1

President, RallyStream Inc.
Born May 20, 1972 Gunma
Hirokazu Somemiya has raced as navigator in numerous rally races in Japan and overseas, including the Japanese Rally Championship and Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. In recent years, he has taken part in numerous rallies in Japan and overseas including the American off-road racing event “BAJA1000” and the Asia Cross Country Rally where he served as navigator and communications manager for driver Ikuo Hanawa.

Yuji Mochizuki

Navigator, Car 1

Public Affairs Div., Hino Motors, Ltd.
Born Dec 20, 1984 Hachioji, Tokyo
Yuji Mochizuki joined the company in 2003 and was assigned to the Power Train Evaluation & Engineering Div. where he was engaged in evaluations for engine development. He will participate as a navigator in Dakar Rally 2020.

Seiichi Suzuki

Mechanic

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.

Mayumi Kezuka

Mechanic

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.

Koji Yoshikawa

Mechanic

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.

Tadaaki Sato

Mechanic

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.

Rumi Ando

Support Member

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.

Shun Konnai

Support Member

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.

Racing Trucks

Hino’s Dakar Rally racing trucks, the “Little Monsters”

Hino’s Dakar Rally truck Car 1 was developed based on the “Hino Ranger” (English name: HINO500 Series) truck, a medium-duty truck model that serves logistics businesses worldwide. In the context of the Dakar Rally, medium-duty trucks deliver excellent mobility but hardly have an advantage over their rival heavy-duty trucks in terms of absolute power. Against these odds, Hino has consistently braved this rally with its lightweight and agile medium-duty trucks since the company first entered the race. And these trucks have come to be known as the “Little Monsters” for the intense competition that they put up against their larger rival trucks that are powered by larger-displacement engines.

Truck Specs

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Driver: Teruhito Sugawara
Base truck Hino Ranger(HINO500 Series)
Engine
Engine model A09C-TI (w/Turbo intercooler)
Engine type 6-cylinder, 4-cycle inline diesel
Displacement 8.866L
Max output/rpm 750PS/2600rpm
Max torque/rpm 236kgm/1200rpm
Power train
Drive type Full-time 4WD
Transmission MT(6-speed forward, 1-speed reverse)
Transfer w/Hi-Lo range switching, w/Center differential lock
Tires XS 14.00R20
Chassis
Gross vehicle weight 7,875kg
Length 6,700mm
Width 2,500mm
Height 3,000mm
Wheelbase 4,170mm
Fuel tank 760L

HINO700 Series ZS Assistance Trucks

Supporting the team's racing trucks are HINO700 Series ZS heavy-duty trucks―Hino's pride―that shoulder the bulk of the work in transporting essential spare parts and mechanics during the rally. To travel from bivouac to bivouac, mechanics split up into groups and ride on the support vehicles that they are in charge of. How these mechanics perform during the rally will also be something to keep an eye out for.

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