Allison drivetrain: 3000 Series ™ drivetrain will be used in Hino Sugawara team trucks at the 2022 Dakar Rally


The team will use hybrid trucks for the first time to support eco-friendly and sustainable races

TOKYO, December 2021 – Allison Transmission Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of propulsion solutions for conventional and electrified vehicles and the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic medium and heavy duty transmissions for commercial vehicles and Defense, has announced that it has supplied the Allison 3000 Series â„¢ transmission with torque converter to Hino Team Sugawara, who will compete in the truck division of the Dakar Rally 2022, one of the toughest off-road races in the world. The race will mark the first time the team will use hybrid vehicles.

Hino Team Sugawara is a joint team formed by Hino Motors and Japan Racing Management to participate in the Dakar rally. Led by Teruhito Sugawara, Dakar Rally 2022 driver and team representative, Hino Team Sugawara will drive hybrid vehicles for the first time in its history out of concern for environmental sustainability. The team vehicles will again be fitted with Allison 3000 Series transmissions, as they were for the 2021 Dakar Rally. Sugawara has been participating as a Dakar rally driver since 2005. In 2007 he became the first to win in the category of trucks under 10 liters, and between 2010 and 2021, it won 12 times in a row in this category.

Hino Team Sugawara has been in competition for over 30 years. The team’s participation in the 2020 Dakar Rally with Hino 600 series trucks marked the first time it had used the Allison 3000 series, acclaimed for its performance, durability and ease of use.

“While many rival teams in the truck division use 13-liter displacement engines, the largest allowed by racing rules, we have used 10-liter or smaller engines since we started competing,” said said Sugawara. “The A09C engine that our vehicles use has a small displacement of 8866 cc, while the Allison automatic transmissions we use, which feature torque converters, provide additional torque and Continuous Power Technology â„¢ which allows us to quickly reach top speed. Since the vehicles in the division truck have a top speed limited to 140 km / h, the level at which one can maintain average speed is also essential. This is why the use of Allison Automatics, that allows for superior acceleration and uninterrupted power delivery regardless of the terrain, is so critical. Hino Motors has been making and selling commercial hybrid and electric vehicles since 1991, and the vehicles we’re going to be racing on use those technologies. So I wanted to also see how these trucks were ecological and competitive.

“I look forward to the team’s first Dakar rally using hybrid vehicles powered by Allison Automatics,” said Nicolas Dalmaz, APAC Executive Sales Director. “Allison has developed technologies with the underlying goal of helping achieve zero emissions for the entire commercial vehicle industry and to create a sustainable society. We will encourage racers to fully demonstrate their accumulated racing experience and to give everything safely during the 14 days of the event.

The Dakar rally kicks off in Hail, Saudi Arabia on January 2, 2022 and takes riders nearly 8,000 km to the finish line in Jeddah on January 14.

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