Iveco and FPT Industrial are official sponsors of the Iveco De Rooy Petronas team from the Netherlands. This is an international team that have their sights firmly set on winning the 2014 Dakar. The Iveco trucks racing in the 2014 Dakar rally are equipped with FPT Industrial Cursor 13 engines that make 900 horsepower and 2,802 lbs-feet of torque (3,800 Nm).
“As in the previous events, Iveco and FPT Industrial are once again official sponsors of the Iveco De Rooy Petronas team from the Netherlands, providing vehicles and engines to the team. Dakar 2014 marks the fourth year Iveco and FPT Industrial have partnered with Team De Rooy, first making their début together at the 2011 Morocco Rally.
The team is composed of: Gerard de Rooy, Dutch driver, team leader and winner of the 2012 Dakar, once again on board the Iveco PowerStar; Dutch driver Hans Stacey with an Iveco Trakker Evolution 3; Spanish driver Pep Vila and French driver Jo Adua, who has already taken part in the Dakar eight times, with a Trakker Evolution 2.
The Iveco Trakker is a quarry-site vehicle from the on/off-road heavy range, able to operate on rough terrain, just like the ones that the Dakar drivers will have to tackle in South America. The vehicle provides robustness and reliability combined with the power of the FPT Industrial Cursor engines.
Robustness is precisely the main strength of this vehicle: every single component, starting from the high yield limit steel frame, guarantees long lasting performance. The new Trakker also features ergonomic and high performance ZF gearboxes. Customer vehicles include a choice between the manual 9-speed and 16-speed Ecosplit versions, equipped with a servo-shift system, and the automatic EuroTronic 12- and 16-speed models, with a gear selector built into the steering column stalk, which improves driving comfort.
The Iveco Trakker is produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Madrid, alongside the flagship Stralis on-road range.” – – Iveco/CNH Industrial
The 2014 Dakar Rally crosses Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. Starting on the 5th of January 2014, the 2014 Dakar departs from Rosario, Argentina and ends on January 18th in Valparaiso, Chile. This will be one of the longest Dakar races ever.
Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). Iveco
designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, city and intercity buses and coaches as well as special vehicles for applications such as firefighting, off-road missions, defence and civil protection. Iveco employs over 26,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in 11 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 5,000 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.