Hino tackles Dakar again!

Hino tackles Dakar again!

Hino will be involved in yet another David vs Goliath battle in the 2021 Dakar Rally, which starts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 2. The four-wheel drive Hino 500 is one of the few competing trucks in a field of 42 with an engine capacity of less than 10 litres. However, despite the smaller engine and less power, the Hino has delivered amazing reliability over the years.

Hino has entered only one truck in the 2021 Dakar Rally, which is the 43rd in the series and will take place in Saudi Arabia for the second time. This will be the 29th consecutive year that Hino has entered the Dakar and it still remains the only Japanese truck in the field for this gruelling test of man and machine. A Hino has finished in the top 10 on 25 occasions, including finishing first, second and third in the 1997 event.

Hino will once again be aiming for a 12th successive win in the class for trucks with engines of less than 10-litre capacity as well as high overall finishing positions.

The Hino will once again be driven by highly experienced Teruhito Sugawara. He will be accompanied by Hirokazu Somemiya and Yuji Mochizuki. This is the same team that competed in the 2020 Dakar, where they finished 10th overall out of an initial field of 47 trucks.

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