The world’s most resilient truck rally team has succeeded in claiming its seventh successive class victory in the 2016 Dakar Rally.
Hino Team Sugawara claimed title honors in the Under 10-liter truck class of the 9,200-kilometer, 15-day event that run through the Andes Mountains and the deserts of Argentina and Bolivia.
This year marked the 25th year Hino has entered a vehicle in the race and it was the only Japanese manufacturer to enter this year’s rally.
Hino Motors Chairman Masakazu Ichikawa flew to South America from Japan and praised the team for its continued success.
“I’d like to acknowledge the team for delivering a solid performance this year again. I’m very grateful to the entire team and for all the support that we’ve received,” he said.
At 74 years of age and with a record 33 consecutive Dakar entries, Yoshimasa Sugawara was the oldest Dakar Rally participant. His son, teammate and Class Champion Teruhito Sugawara, is optimistic about Hino’s future at Dakar.
Key specifications of the two 2016 Dakar Rally Hino trucks include the 8.86-liter direct-injection turbocharged and intercooled engine matched to a six-speed direct-drive gearbox with secondary transmission, two-speed transfer and part-time four-wheel drive.
There were no significant mechanical issues throughout the entire rally and the trucks exceeded expectation, keeping pace with larger, faster opposition.
Hino Team Sugawara plans to continue development this year and compete again in the 2017 Dakar Rally.