Hino Motors to Enter Two HINO500 Series Trucks in Dakar Rally 2014


Oct 18, 2013

-Team Aims for 5th Straight Championship in the Under 10-litre Class -

Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) will be working with Team Sugawara led by Yoshimasa Sugawara to enter two of its HINO500 Series trucks as HINO TEAM SUGAWARA in Dakar Rally 2014, which is scheduled to kick off at Rosario, Argentina on January 5, 2014.

Hino has been developing new racing trucks over a period of 3 years since 2012 with the goal of achieving high rankings in the Trucks category. Dakar Rally 2014 will be the team's third and culminating year of this project. In the previous race, Car 1 became the team's first truck to be mounted with an electronically controlled (common rail) J08C engine. This truck, which has received further upgrades to its output and reliability as Car 2 for the 2014 race, will be driven by Teruhito Sugawara, who is aiming for his 5th straight championship in the Under 10-litre Class and high rankings in the Trucks category.

With a firm eye on how the race is increasingly becoming a high-speed race, Car 1 for the next race is now equipped with an A09C engine, which boasts a larger displacement than the J08C engine mounted on Car 2. The use of a 9-liter engine will be a first for Hino in the Dakar Rally. Dakar Rally 2014 will be the first ever race for this truck, which will be driven by Yoshimasa Sugawara, who holds the Guinness Record for 30 consecutive entries in the Dakar Rally.

As has been customary over the years, the mechanics who support the team during the race have been screened from among many applicants from Hino dealerships nationwide. This year's roster of four includes one mechanic each from Higashi-Hokkaido Hino Motors, Yokohama Hino Motors, and Shiga Hino Motors, as well as one mechanic from the Vehicle Planning & Production Engineering Div. at Hino Motors. In addition to these mechanics, one engineer will be joining the team for the first time this year from the Engine Engineering Div., Hino Motors to create a bullet-proof team with the capability of prevailing in battles that are being fought on the electronic tuning front; battles that have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years.

HINO is committed to its ongoing involvement in the world's top race, and to share heart-stopping moments with customers and motor sport fans around the world, as well as build the HINO brand.

1. Team organization

Yoshimasa Sugawara: Team director and driver of Car 1

Chairman, Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born on May 31, 1941 in Otaru, Hokkaido, age 72

(Racing history)
- Record 20 consecutive finishes in the Dakar Rally.
- Record 30 consecutive entries in the Dakar Rally (ongoing)
- First to enter all categories in the Dakar Rally. (Bikes, Cars, and Trucks)
- Six Overall 2nd place finishes in the Trucks category. Seven class championship in the Under 10-litre Class
- 95% finish rate in the Trucks category (20 races finished out of 21 entered)
Teruhito Sugawara: Driver of Car 2

President, Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born on July 13, 1972 in Minatoku, Tokyo, age 41
Second son of Yoshimasa Sugawara

(Racing history)
- 1998: Participated in the Dakar Rally as a mechanic.
- 1999: Participated in the Dakar Rally as a navigator.
- 2003: Entered the Egypt Pharaoh Rally as a driver, and won the overall championship in the Trucks category (a first for a Japanese driver)
- 2005: Entered the Dakar Rally as a driver.
- 2013: Won his 4th consecutive championship in the Under 10-litre Class.
Katsumi Hamura: Navigator of Car 1

President, Just Speed
Born on September 3, 1966 in Musashino, Tokyo, age 47
Hamura has navigated for Yoshimasa Sugawara for a total of 12 times* since he first navigated in the Dakar Rally 1992.
* 1992, 1994-1997, 2005-2010, and 2013
Hiroyuki Sugiura, Navigator of Car 2

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born on May 6, 1984 in Kita-ku, Tokyo, age 29
- 2010: Entered the Dakar Rally as assistant driver, and Rally Mongolia as navigator.
- 2011: Entered the Dakar Rally as navigator
Seiichi Suzuki, Mechanic leader

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born on January 30, 1961 in Minato-ku, Tokyo, age 51
Suzuki has participated in a large number of international rallies as both navigator and mechanic.
(17 times in the Dakar Rally, 7 in the Rally Mongolia, twice in the Egypt Pharaoh Rally, and once in the Australian Safari)
Takeshi Suenaga, Mechanic subleader

Vehicle Planning & Production Engineering Div., Hino Motors, Ltd.
Born on February 14, 1978 in Hioki, Kagoshima, age 35
Ever since he joined the company in 1996, Suenaga has worked in prototyping-a critical process for developing production vehicles-and is one of the many individuals who have been instrumental in the manufacture of the diverse range of commercial vehicles at Hino.
Hiroaki Tamura, Mechanic

Obihiro Branch, Higashi-Hokkaido Hino Motors, Ltd.
Born on July 1, 1974 in Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, age 39
Tamura joined the company with no experience in servicing and has worked his way up, acquiring his skills working on real vehicles. He is now one of the leading figures within his company heading up a team of 25. Almost in 40s, he is eager to take on a new challenge.
Norishiro Senuma, Mechanic

Seya Branch, Yokohama Hino Motors, Ltd.
Born on April 22, 1975 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, age 38
Senuma is highly skilled in high-complexity repairs and was dispatched as part of a support party to Ishinomaki, Miyagi in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. He is a striver who had constantly dreamt of joining the Dakar Rally team and climbs Mt. Fuji as part of his training.
Tadahiko Fuke, Mechanic

Hikone Branch, Shiga Hino Motors, Ltd.
Born on January 22, 1978 in Gamo-gun, Shiga, age 35
Fuke was so excited with Hino achieving a 1-2-3 finish in overall rankings in the Dakar Rally 1997; excited enough that he joined the company the following year. He is highly skilled and has been trusted by the company to take charge of late night and holiday service calls for over 10 years.
Katsuyuki Nagoshi, Engineer

Engine Engineering Div., Hino Motors, Ltd.
Born on June 4, 1970 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, age 43
Nagoshi joined the Dakar Rally project in 2012. On the rally site, he will be tuning the computers on both of the trucks' engines. As such, he will be fulfilling a new function in the team.
2. Data of HINO500 Series Trucks to be Entered in the Dakar Rally 2014

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 Car 1Car 2
Vehicle nameHINO500 GTHINO500 GT
Gross weight7,400kg6,700kg
Rear bodyTube frame and tarpaulin mounted on mainframeTube frame and tarpaulin mounted on mainframe
Engine modelA09C-TI (turbo with intercooler)J08C-TI (turbo with intercooler)
Engine typeDiesel 4 cycle In-line 6 cylindersDiesel 4 cycle In-line 6 cylinders
Maximum output / rpm600ps / 2,200rpm485ps / 2,600rpm
Maximum torque / rpm200kgm / 1,200rpm145kgm / 1,600rpm
Fuel injection systemElectronically-controlled fuel injection (common rail)Electronically-controlled fuel injection (common rail)
Fuel tank capacity600L600L
Drive system  
Drive typePart time four wheel drive, differential lock with front and rearPart time four wheel drive, differential lock with front and rear
Clutchφ430mm single plateφ380mm single plate
Transmission6-speed direct drive with secondary transmission6-speed direct drive with secondary transmission
Transfer2-speed (Hi-Lo)2-speed (Hi-Lo)
AxleHub reduction axleHub reduction axle
BrakeBrembo ventilated disk brake opposing 4-pot calipersBrembo ventilated disk brake opposing 4-pot calipers
TireMichelin XZL 14.00R20Michelin XZL 14.00R20
WheelHutchinson forged aluminum wheelHutchinson forged aluminum wheel
Central Tire Inflation SystemTeleflow CTIS (4-wheel independent control)Teleflow CTIS (4-wheel independent control)
SteeringBall nut type (integral type power steering)Ball nut type (integral type power steering)

HINO500 Series trucks that were entered in the Dakar Rally 2013 (Left: Car 1, Right: Car 2)


1. About Dakar Rally 2014

This will be the sixth year for the Dakar Rally to be held in South America. The 2014 race will be held in 3 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. Only the Bikes and Quads divisions will be transiting through Bolivia.
The race will kick off on January 5, 2014 in Argentina, taking the contestants over a course of approximately 10,000km over a period of 14 days, and finish in Chile on January 18.


In 1991, HINO became the first Japanese truck maker to enter the Dakar Rally. And ever since, HINO has finished in all 21 Dakar races in which it has taken part - a race that is considered to be the most grueling in the world. For example, in one particular race, only 20.5% of the contestants were able to finish; a record low for any race. HINO won second place overall in the camion (truck) category in 1994 and was runner-up in 1995 as well. In 1997, HINO surprised the world, becoming the first team to make a 1-2-3 sweep in the camion category. Since then, HINO has been runner-up for 3 years and is till going strong as one of the top teams in the category. Additionally, HINO won for 7 consecutive years (1996-2002) in the category's 10-litre or smaller class. While this class was abolished thereafter for two years, after being reinstated in 2005, HINO won in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Over all Trucks Division: Winner 1 time(1997), 2nd 5 times(1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005)
Under 10-liter Category: Winner 13 times of 14 reces in this category

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No. of EntriesRally YearRouteTotal Distance(km)Result of Truck Division
(under 10-liter class)
222013Lima - Antofagasta - Santiago8,121Car 2: 19th (Winner)
Car 1: 31th
212012Buenos Aires - Copiapó - Lima8,836Car 2: 9th (Winner)
Car 1: 24th
202011Buenos Aires - Alica - Buenos Aires9,458Car 2: 9th (Winner)
Car 1: 13th
192010Buenos Aires - Antofagasta - Buenos Aires9,026Car 2: 7th (Winner)
Car 1: Sidelined due to regulations
182009Buenos Aires - Valparaiso - Buenos Aires9,57914th (2nd), 26th
172007Lisbon - Dakar7,9159th (Winner), 13th
162006Lisbon - Dakar9,0435th, 7th (n.a.)
152005Barcelona - Dakar8,9562nd (Winner), 6th
142004Clermont-Ferrand - Dakar10,4115th (n.a.)
132003Marseille - Sharm El Sheikh8,6025th (n.a.)
122002Arras - Madrid - Dakar9,4403rd (Winner)
7th consecutive victory in this class
112001Paris - Dakar10,8732nd (Winner)
102000Paris - Dakar - Cairo7,8805th (Winner)
91999Granada - Dakar9,4414th (Winner)
81998Paris - Granada - Dakar10,5702nd (Winner)
71997Dakar - Agades - Dakar8,051Winner (Winner), 2nd (2nd), 3rd (3rd)
First dominant victory recorded in the Truck Division
61996Granada - Dakar7,5796th (Winner), 11th (2nd)
51995Granada - Dakar10,0672nd (n.a.)
41994Paris - Dakar13,3982nd (n.a.)
31993Paris - Dakar8,8776th (n.a.)
21992Paris - Sirte - Cape Town13,0154th, 5th, 6th, 10th (n.a.)
11991Paris - Tripoli - Dakar9,1867th, 10th, 14th (n.a.)
The first entrant from among all the Japanese truck manufacturers


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