WABCO, a leading global supplier of technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles, announces that it has supplied a number of advanced, high-performance safety and efficiency technologies to the winning truck racing team of the Dakar 2015 rally, KAMAZ-master. KAMAZ-master race trucks crossed the finish line in first, second and third place. The KAMAZ-master team has won the Dakar rally 13 times to-date.
WABCO has been supplying KAMAZ-master with pioneering safety technologies since 1997. For Dakar 2015, the company provided KAMAZ-master team’s heavy-duty trucks with high-performance air compressors, wheel-end solutions, coupling controls and WABCO Tristop Cylinders, one of the industry’s most reliable piston-type spring brake cylinders.
“The Dakar Rally represents two grueling weeks in the most challenging terrain on Earth. It is the ultimate test for trucks and teams alike,” says Vladimir Chagin, Director of NP KAMAZ-Avtosport, leader of KAMAZ-master team. “We appreciate WABCO’s continued support of the KAMAZ-master truck racing team and its advanced safety technologies.”
Dakar 2015 concluded on Saturday, January 17 in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. It was the rally’s seventh consecutive year to be held in South America. The route covered 9,000 kilometers (5,592 miles) in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile crossing the Andes Mountains and racing the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt lake before venturing in the Atacama Desert, commonly known as the driest place on Earth. In total, 63 racing trucks representing 12 different commercial vehicle brands competed in the Dakar 2015 rally. KAMAZ-master sent four trucks to successfully defend its title.