"Hino Team Sugawara" Announces New Team Setup Aiming for Greater Heights


Jun 3, 2019

~ Team develops new truck and will be racing the Silk Way Rally in July ~

 The Dakar Rally racing team, "Hino Team Sugawara", jointly formed by Hino Motors, Ltd. (hereafter referred to as "Hino." HQ: Hino City, Tokyo. President & CEO: Yoshio Shimo) and Japan Racing Management (hereafter referred to as "JRM." HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. President: Teruhito Sugawara), and headed by team director Teruhito Sugawara, welcomes a new member to its roster, driver Ikuo Hanawa. Hino for its part has, among other things, appointed a dedicated chief engineer to reinforce its organizational setup. The new truck that was under development is now ready and the team will be racing the Silk Way Rally in July.

 This new organizational setup was created to aim for even greater heights in the Dakar Rally. Teruhito Sugawara―the son of Yoshimasa Sugawara, known as the iron man of Dakar―continues to deliver stunning performance as Hino Team Sugawara's ace driver and will also be heading up the team as its director. Ikuo Hanawa, who enjoys success in off-road races in Japan and internationally, will be joining the team as its new driver. The team also has new members in its roster of navigators, mechanics, and support members.

 Hino has also appointed an officer in charge of engineering and a dedicated chief engineer* who will be presiding over roughly 70 of the best and brightest who work in a range of different fields. The company will be working more forcefully than ever, not only in the area of truck design, development, and building, but also in the area of team support such as in logistics for racing trucks and replacement parts. Also, as part of its efforts to fearlessly take on the challenges of developing new technologies for the future, the company continues to send out young engineers on rallies to offer them opportunities to experience a broad range of challenges in real-world rally settings.

 As for racing trucks, the team has also developed a new truck based on the North America-exclusive model in addition to the previous HINO500 Series-based Dakar Rally truck that was complemented with a range of competition upgrades that further boosted its racing performance. Both trucks' cabs were modified for a crew of three, which means that whereas the previous trucks were piloted by a crew of two―one driver and one navigator―both trucks will now be manned by a third crew member equipped with extensive servicing experience to boost their capability to respond to trouble situations. This three-person crew arrangement will give the trucks the aggressive performance needed to make their way into the leading group in the overall trucks category.

 "Hino Team Sugawara" will be racing the Silk Way Rally which will be held in Russia, Mongolia, and China starting July 6 and ending on July 16. Through this hands-on experience, the team aims to refine its trucks, raise its members' skill levels, and solidify the team's cohesive teamwork.

Officer in charge of engineering: Kenji Nagakubo, Product Planning Officer. Chief engineer: Mitsuru Enomoto, Dakar Challenge Section Chief, Vehicle & Module Planning Div.


■"HINO TEAM SUGAWARA" members (21 members scheduled to take part in the Silk Way Rally as of Jun 3, 2019)

Position Name Affiliation Remarks
Team director and Driver Teruhito Sugawara JRM Newly appointed as team director
Driver Ikuo Hanawa Summit Racing Promotions New team member
Navigator Yudai Hanawa Summit Racing Promotions New team member
Navigator Hirokazu Somemiya RallyStream inc. New team member
Navigator Yuji Mochizuki Hino Motors, Ltd. Switched positions from mechanic to navigator
Navigator and Technical Advisor Seiichi Suzuki JRM To also serve as navigator
Mechanic Leader Koki Seino Hino Motors, Ltd. New team member
Mechanic Hideaki Takatori Hino Motors, Ltd.
Mechanic Masataka Nishiyama Hino Motors, Ltd. New team member
Mechanic Shinji Kitagawa Hino Motors, Ltd.
Mechanic Ryo Ishii Hino Motors, Ltd. New team member
Mechanic Yasunori Nagata Higashi Hokkaido Hino Motor Ltd. New team member
Mechanic Keisuke Watanabe Gunma Hino Motor Ltd. New team member
Mechanic Yasufumi Watanabe Tokyo Hino Motor Ltd. New team member
Mechanic Koichiro Hoshijima Okayama Hino Motor Ltd. New team member
Mechanic Koji Yoshikawa JRM New team member
Support Member Mayumi Kezuka JRM
Support Member Rumi Ando JRM
Support Member Shun Konnai JRM New team member
Support Member Takashi Endo JRM New team member
Support Member Kazuki Ishida Hino Motors, Ltd. Switched positions from mechanic to support member

■Racing Truck Characteristics

 In taking on the challenge of finishing in the leading group, we have modified and built trucks with the aim of boosting their basic performance with a particular focus on driving performance. The previous Dakar Rally truck came with upgrades to improve its driving stability and reduce vibrations over rough terrain, namely a frame with Box-type cross sections and a cab suspension system that covers vertical and lateral movements independently to reduce crew fatigue. In addition to these features, the newly built truck comes with a bonnet type cab to further reduce crew fatigue, as well as a torque converter AT to boost its acceleration performance.

■Truck Specs

Car 1

Driver: Teruhito Sugawara

Car 2

Driver: Ikuo Hanawa
Base truck

Hino Ranger

(HINO500 Series)

North America-exclusive model

(HINO600 Series)
Engine model A09C-TI (w/Turbo intercooler)
Engine type 6-cylinder, 4-cycle inline diesel
Displacement 8.866L
Max output/rev 750PS/2600rpm
Max torque/rev 236kgm/1200rpm
Drive type Full-time 4WD


(6-speed forward, 1-speed reverse)

Torque converter AT

(6-speed forward, 1-speed reverse)
Transfer w/Hi-Lo range switching, w/Center differential lock
Tires XZL+14.00R20
Gross vehicle weight 8,305kg 8,480kg
Length 6,700mm 6,620mm
Width 2,500mm
Height 3,000mm 3,100mm
Wheel base 4,170mm
Fuel tank 760L

End of release

Image data can be downloaded including the photos published in this release.


Dakar Group, Corporate Communications Dept., Public Affairs Div., Hino Motors, Ltd.



Yoshimasa Sugawara's retirement from the Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally 2019.4.23

Yoshimasa Sugawara’s retirement from the Dakar Rally

Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd (hereafter referred to as “JRM”) and Hino Motors, Ltd. have announced that Yoshimasa Sugawara, JRM chairman, who has continued to break his own record of consecutive starts in the Dakar Rally since his first entry 1983 has decided to retire from racing in the Rally. He will also be stepping down from his position as director of HINO TEAM SUGAWARA, the rally team that is jointly run by JRM and Hino Motors,Ltd,., handing over his position to JRM president Teruhito Sugawara.

View More

Hino Total Support Customer Center

Total Support 2019.4.15

"Hino Total Support Customer Center" in Malaysia

The Hino Total Support Customer Center, our first permanent overseas driver training facility, offers training programs to customer aiming to provide "Total support customized for each vehicle."

View More

To establish a development and production base in Thailand for best-fit products

News 2019.2.1

To establish a development and production base in Thailand for best-fit products to strengthen its buisiness foundation in ASEAN

To responds to customer needs in close proximity, will be taking steps in Thailand, one of our key centers of operation, to accelerate our efforts to strengthen our business foundation in ASEAN.

View More

Safety & automated driving

Products & Technology 2019.1.30

Hino’s safety & automated driving technologies

To achieve its goal of "zero truck and bus traffic accident casualties," Hino Motors is striving to improve safety from many aspects.
Under the concept of "total safety," Hino is promoting efforts to increase safety at each stage, including operations management, preventive safety, and collision safety for when things go wrong.
We also believe it is important to widely disseminate the safety technologies that we develop, and we promote rapid installation of practical technology into our products, to be fitted as standard.

View More

Search within this website