September 29, 2022

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

It really is not every day that you see a race vehicle centered on a medium-duty truck, but that’s particularly what we have below now that Hino has unveiled their entry into the 2022 Dakar Rally. The rally rig is centered on the Hino 600 medium-duty truck, which is extra generally viewed with a Ryder cargo box affixed to the rear, but clearly there have been some modifications created.

For one, that cargo container has been swapped for an aerodynamic box carrying a 211-gallon gas tank, spares and provides for the grueling five,000-mile desert contest. That features extras of the Hino’s large XZL 14.00 R20 tires that evaluate 49 inches tall with a sidewall of 14.7 inches.

Powering the Hino is an eight.nine-liter diesel straight-6, turbocharged and intercooled to develop 789 horsepower at two,900 rpm and a mountain-shifting 1,693 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm. And for the first time in Hino’s thirty several years of Dakar Rally participation, the engine will be mated to a hybrid system squeezing out an further 276 horsepower, for a full of 1,065.

Energy is dispersed to all 4 wheels by means of a 6-pace automatic transmission with significant and low assortment, as properly as a middle-locking diff. All in all the truck weighs about 18,960 kilos, which would make it all the extra amazing that images and video clip clearly show it catching air as it hurtles forth like a rampaging bison.

Hino has been competing in the Dakar Rally in the Truck Division considering the fact that 1991. In that time, they have gained their class (less than ten liters) a full of 20 occasions, 12 of them consecutively considering the fact that 2010. In 1997 and 2005, Hino also took the total win, besting some of the definitely gargantuan trucks in the more than-ten-liter class. But even reaching the finish line at the Dakar is a obstacle, as the race has only a 20.five% completion rate between participants.

“I am searching forward to seeing how much we can experience the large rivals in production,” stated Teruhito Sugawara, who will be powering the wheel of the race truck.

The managing of the 2022 Dakar Rally will get started in Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, heading east to the Persian Gulf ahead of turning south to the extensive sands of the Empty Quarter. The route then loops northwest to Riyadh ahead of continuing westward to the Pink Sea and the finish at Jeddah. The rally lasts two weeks, from January two-14, 2022.

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