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Iveco trucks lead the way in Dakar Rally

Iveco trucks have proved themselves in the toughest of tests during the 2023 Dakar Rally

Iveco trucks is celebrating after its series of trucks handled the gruelling Dakar Rally with aplomb.

With first, third and fourth position at this year’s Dakar Rally going to teams driving Iveco trucks, the manufacturer has plenty to smile about.

In the truck category of the iconic rally event Dutch driver Janus van Kasteren piloted the Boss Machinery De Rooy Iveco Powerstar to victory with a total race time of 54 hours, 3 minutes and 33 seconds.

Van Kasteren beat Martin Macik and his team in their MM Technology rally truck to the top spot, while Martin van der Brink and Mitchel van der Brink came in third and fourth respectively, both driving Iveco vehicles.

The three Iveco vehicles were all powered by high output FPT (Fiat Powertrain) 13 litre engines capable of reliably producing over 900 horsepower.

The 2023 result is the third podium finish in recent times for Iveco which also powered the winning teams in 2012 and 2016.

Iveco Australia and New Zealand managing director Michael May, says Iveco’s off-road range boasts a “tremendous pedigree, with advancements and testing gained in the theatre of competition filtering through to local showroom models”.

“Participation and ongoing success in the Dakar Rally confirm the reliability of Iveco trucks and the brand’s commitment to research, development and testing in extreme environments,” May says.

“Iveco has one of the strongest off-road ranges available in Australia, with buyers able to choose from a wide selection of vehicles spanning the light, medium and heavy-duty weight classes.

“A further connection exists between the race vehicles and Iveco ANZ in the ‘Powerstar’ nameplate. Powerstar was a road-going model developed in Australia and the truck’s distinctive sloping bonnet is still being used on the Powerstar racing trucks.” 

The Iveco off-road range begins with the Daily 4×4 with 7t GVM and extends to the medium duty Eurocargo 4×4 at 15t GVM.

For heavier duty applications up to 33t GVM, there’s the Trakker 4×4 and 6×6 range, ideal for mining and exploration work, while the Astra 6×6 and 8×8 models offer GVMs of up to 48t, making them ideal for off-road tipper duties, along with drilling and exploration.

May says the latest Dakar Rally win will continue to raise the profile of Iveco’s off-road models.

“Iveco is gaining a stellar reputation in demanding off-road motorsports and local buyers of our trucks should be buoyed in the knowledge that our vehicles are making an impact and proving themselves in the world’s toughest environment,” he says.

“We’re also looking forward to bolstering our off-highway offerings later in the year with the introduction of the new T-WAY.”

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