09/12/2021

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Hino reveals 1,065-horsepower, 1,693 pound-foot Dakar Rally race rig

It is really not each working day that you see a race auto dependent on a medium-duty truck, but that’s precisely what we have in this article now that Hino has disclosed their entry into the 2022 Dakar Rally. The rally rig is dependent on the Hino 600 medium-duty truck, which is much more usually seen with a Ryder cargo box affixed to the rear, but evidently there have been some modifications manufactured.

For 1, that cargo container has been swapped for an aerodynamic box carrying a 211-gallon gasoline tank, spares and provides for the grueling 5,000-mile desert contest. That features extras of the Hino’s significant XZL 14.00 R20 tires that measure forty nine inches tall with a sidewall of 14.7 inches.

Powering the Hino is an 8.9-liter diesel straight-six, turbocharged and intercooled to create 789 horsepower at 2,900 rpm and a mountain-shifting 1,693 pound-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm. And for the initial time in Hino’s thirty a long time of Dakar Rally participation, the motor will be mated to a hybrid procedure squeezing out an further 276 horsepower, for a full of 1,065.

Electric power is dispersed to all four wheels by means of a six-pace automated transmission with large and lower array, as nicely as a center-locking diff. All in all the truck weighs about eighteen,960 lbs ., which makes it all the much more extraordinary that pictures and online video present it catching air as it hurtles forth like a rampaging bison.

Hino has been competing in the Dakar Rally in the Truck Division due to the fact 1991. In that time, they have gained their course (beneath 10 liters) a full of 20 situations, 12 of them consecutively due to the fact 2010. In 1997 and 2005, Hino also took the in general acquire, besting some of the truly gargantuan trucks in the more than-10-liter course. But even achieving the end line at the Dakar is a obstacle, as the race has only a 20.5% completion fee amongst contributors.

“I am on the lookout ahead to seeing how significantly we can face the large rivals in creation,” stated Teruhito Sugawara, who will be behind the wheel of the race truck.

The managing of the 2022 Dakar Rally will start out in Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, heading east toward the Persian Gulf prior to turning south toward the broad sands of the Empty Quarter. The route then loops northwest to Riyadh prior to continuing westward to the Red Sea and the end at Jeddah. The rally lasts two weeks, from January 2-14, 2022.

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