2017 Dakar Rally: A promising start for Renault Trucks with MKR
For the third time, the MKR Adventure team, led by Mario Kress, is tackling the extreme roads of the Dakar Rally behind the wheel of Renault trucks vehicles. After the first stages, the Renault Trucks K 520, driven by Pascal de Baar, occupies the fifth position in the overall ranking.
After the sixth place clinched in 2016, MKR Adventure has once again risen to the challenge of taking part in the Dakar Rally, a competition that tests vehicles in extreme conditions. Three Renault Trucks vehicles have engaged in the race: a Renault Trucks Sherpa CBH 385 driven by Martin Van Den Brink (no. 506, Mammoet Rallysport team), a K 520 driven by Gert Huzink (no. 524, Riwald team) and a K 520 driven by Pascal de Baar (no. 510, Mammoet Rallysport team). After the first stages, the Renault Trucks K 520, driven by Pascal de Baar, occupies the fifth position in the overall ranking.
As an MKR partner since 2010, Renault Trucks provides support for its off-road and rally raid activities; MKR Adventure are experts on extremely difficult terrain. During the Dakar, the vehicles are put to severe test, with sections of the race at an altitude of up to 4700 m above sea level. "At high altitude, our engine develops less torque and power. In thinner air, it is more difficult to rev up the engine," explained Mario Kress, describing the 336 km "special stage" on the border between Bolivia and Argentina. Through this partnership, the teams of Renault Trucks and MKR mutually enhance their technical and technological know-how, in particular of engines and the transmission system of trucks.