BRUSSELS, Belgium – January 30, 2014 – WABCO, a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that it has supplied a number of advanced, high-performance safety technologies to the 2014 Dakar winning truck racing team, KAMAZ-master. The Russian national off-road truck rally team continued its impressive, more than decade-long winning streak at Dakar by winning the 2014 championship. The victory marks an unprecedented twelfth time that KAMAZ-master’s rally trucks, equipped with WABCO technology, won the world’s most challenging endurance rally.
The KAMAZ-master’s heavy-duty racing trucks took first, third, fourth and fifth place at Dakar 2014, a competition that saw 70 trucks representing twelve different branded competitors.
“Our longstanding partnership with WABCO is a key asset to our continued success, including this major achievement by yet another victory at Dakar rally. WABCO’s world-class engineering capabilities and industry-leading safety technologies helped us to stay ahead of the competition,“ said Vladimir Chagin, Director of NPO Avtosport. “As formerly, the performance and reliability of our technical equipment during the two weeks of the Dakar rally was flawless.”
“WABCO congratulates the KAMAZ-master Team to writing another chapter in the teams’ impressive Dakar championship success story,” said Mike Thompson, WABCO Vice President, Compression & Braking. “We are very proud of our long-term partnership with KAMAZ and KAMAZ-мaster, which allows us to demonstrate our passion for technology leadership and engineering by providing leading products and systems, which help boost the overall performance of the teams’ rally trucks under the most extreme conditions for heavy duty trucks.”
Dakar 2014 concluded on Sunday, January 18 in Valparaiso, Chile. It was the rally’s sixth consecutive year to be held in South America. The route covered 9,188 kilometers (5,709 miles) in thirteen stages through 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.
Press photo / caption: Equipped with high-performance safety technologies from WABCO, KAMAZ-master continued its winning streak at Dakar by winning the 2014 Championship.
About the partnership with KAMAZ
KAMAZ-master Team was formed in 1988 and represents KAMAZ, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles in the Russian Federation. WABCO began supplying KAMAZ in 1992 and currently provides electronic braking systems with integrated electronic stability control, anti-lock braking systems, air disc brakes, electronically controlled air suspension, as well as components for braking controls.
WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems supplied to the world’s leading commercial truck, bus and trailer manufacturers. With sales of $2.5 billion in 2012, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.