Hino has won its 11th straight DAKAR Rally in the Under 10-litre class, which was held in Saudi Arabia from 2-17th January 2020.
New team director Teruhito Sugawara alongside Hirokazu Somemiva and Yuki Mochizuki piloted Truck 1 ( based on Hino 500 Series ) to 10th place overall.
Meanwhile Truck 2 driver Ikuo Hanawa, who replaced retired Dakar Rally legend Yoshimasa Sugawara in the team, was an unfortunate non-finisher after early bodywork damage to teh new bonnet-type truck, which is based on the 600 series sold in North America.
“We acme up against tough and punishing situations in taking on this challenge on new terrain in Saudi Arablia” said Teruhito Sugawara.
” Although we had difficulties such as the trouble on Truck 2, I’m happy with the results that we we able to deliver.”
For the first time this year, both vehicles used an enhanced version of the Hino A09C 6 cylinder engine, the production version of which is available in the 500 Series Wide Cab trucks in Australia.Both of the Hino Dakar Rally vehicles used an enhanced version of the Hino A09C 6 cylinder engine, the production version of which is available in the 500 Series Wide Cab trucks in Australia.
Key specifications of the two 2020 Dakar Rally Hino trucks include full-time four-wheel drive (4WD) and a direct injection turbocharged and intercooled engine, which is matched to a six speed manual transmission in Truck 1 and six speed automatic transmission in Truck 2.
Hino Australia’s Head of Customer and Brand, Dimitri Andreatidis congratulated the team on its success:
“Once again, it was stellar performance from Teruhito Sugawara and the “Little Monster” truck, not only capturing its 11th straight class win but finishing inside the top 10.”