Thursday 24 January 2019

On the podium!

After more than 5,000 kilometers and 10 stages across Peruvian dunes, deserts and rocky terrain, the 41st edition of the world’s most difficult race has come to an end. But crossing the finish line of the Dakar rally is not a given and FPT Industrial again demonstrated, the durability, reliability and power of its engines.

FPT Industrial’s Cursor 13 engines equipped the four Petronas Team De Rooy IVECO trucks, which all finished the race inside the top 10. Gerard de Rooy finished third, giving the brand another podium. Federico Villagra completed the rally in fourth place, while Van Genugten and Van den Heuvel finished in seventh and tenth place respectively.

The Cursor 13 engines demonstrated their characteristic durability and reliability during all ten stages, but gave their best in stage six, when Gerard De Rooy was first by a margin of some 30 seconds over Federico Villagra, who arrived second in San Juan de Marcona. This is a real feat, as this stage was among the famous and treacherous Tanaka Dunes, composed of 75% sand, and which extend across 155 square kilometers between the Pacific Ocean and the Peruvian Andes in the central southern region of the country.

The FPT Industrial engine was conceived to deliver high performance and outstanding efficiency, all while respecting the environment, in industrial applications; it has also proven itself in racing. The IVECO vehicles’ Cursor 13 engines were specifically engineered for such a challenging rally. The customization was undertaken at the FPT Industrial Arbon Research & Development center. The 13-liter engine is renowned for its reliability in on-road long haul missions, as well as in agricultural applications, such as in large tractors and combine harvesters. The Cursor 13s’ power far exceeds 1,000 hp. FPT Industrial specialized technical staff supported the team for the entire duration of the rally. Moreover, a mechanical technician from Arbon travelled with the Petronas Team De Rooy IVECO during every rally stage to provide swift intervention when required.

FPT Industrial would like to congratulate the Petronas Team De Rooy IVECO, for their passion, courage and strength.

• See Photogallery here
• See also Tough Travel (9/1/2019).

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