Dakar 2015 Blog 7: Kamaz with German diesel power

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S since 2009, as the Dakar rally from Africa to Moved to South America, Kamaz has only lost one of the races held there so far. In 2012 the Dutchman Gérard de Rooy broke through the triumphant advance of the Russians with his Iveco. In a few days Kamaz will be able to celebrate the 15th Dakar victory. With a little luck, it could even be a triple victory.

Visitors to the Kamaz bivouac can see straight away: Discipline and order prevail here. All work processes seem tightly organized from a military point of view. Visitors are tolerated. All too curious glances at the technical details of the mighty desert racers are however acknowledged with frowns by the engineers.

965 hp meet drum brakes in the Kamaz

A desert truck is a powerful vehicle with impressive data: the total weight is just under nine tons. Four-wheel drive is a matter of course. And the performance values ​​of the V8 biturbo, which lives just behind the front axle, are also impressive. From a displacement of 16.2 liters, the Kamaz technicians get 965 hp and a top torque of 4,000 Nm. That is enough to achieve a time of ten seconds when accelerating from zero to 100 km /h.

The engine comes from Germany, from the crane manufacturer Liebherr. 'The high level of reliability and the ease of repair were the decisive factors in entering into a partnership with Liebherr,' says Wladimir Guba, head of technology at Kamaz-Racing. Incidentally, there was no Russian engine in the racing Kamaz before. So far, the desert monsters have been powered by Catarpillar engines.

Liebherr is not the only German partner of Kamaz: Webasto, Stahlwille, ZF Sachs and Knorr-Bremse are also represented as technical partners. Amazing: The Kamaz, which can reach up to 140 km /h, decelerates with drum brakes - also on the front axle. The rigid axles are tried and tested - leaf springs are used for suspension. High-tech, on the other hand, is found in the dampers. They come from the Dutch specialist Reiger.

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