Hino Team Sugawara will have a new driver and a new truck when it competes in the Silk Way Rally in China, Mongolia, and Russia from 6 to 16 July. Ikuo Hanawa, a veteran off-road racer, will replace Yoshimasa “Ironman of Dakar” Sugawara, who retired back in April. Teruhito Sugawara, winner of the Under 10-Litre category this year and 9th place finisher overall, will continue as Hino Team Sugawara’s lead driver. “The team’s goal is to continue its recent dominance of the Under 10-litre class which has included 10 years of consecutive wins, and also propel it further up the standings in the overall truck category,” says Dimitri Andreatidis, head of customer and brand for Hino Australia.
New Truck Details
The newest truck in Hino Team Sugawara’s racing fleet is a “bonnet-type” three-seater based on the North American 600 Series model. It joins the existing Dakar Rally 500 Series model. Both trucks feature Hino six-cylinder, 8,866-litre direct injection turbocharged engines, an enhanced version of the A09 engine found in Hino 500 Series Wide Cab models in Australia. The company points out that there is also “a derivative of the A09, the A05 engine,” which “powers the all-new 500 Series Standard Cab, available now for Australian customers. Both models have four-wheel drive and one has a six-speed manual transmission while the other has a six-speed automatic gearbox.
More To Come
After racing in the Silk Way Rally next month, Hino Team Sugawara will take its new driver and truck to Saudi Arabia for the 2020 Dakar Rally, which runs from 2 to 17 January.