Sports cars MAZ may participate in Dakar 2018. The vehicles completely meet the next year’s more stringent requirements of the organizers.
According to the new conditions, the teams are required to register vehicles equipped with no more than 13-liter engines.
New generation MAZ sports cars meet this requirement.
The Belarusians traditionally take part in Dakar’s rally raids in the trucks class having three crews. Two of them bring the new generation trucks with modern 12.5-liter engines. The new vehicles are lighter and more agile than the previous ones. Moreover, they are equipped with air conditioning and a cruise control system.
It is going to be more complicated for other teams, who have to order trucks with new engines for the next Dakar - a few million euros are needed.
The Belarusian team renews its sports cars almost every year.
“Today MAZ trucks are one of the best vehicles in the world. The current race showed that few could compete with Belarusian trucks. This goes for speed, cross-country capacity, reliability, and even endurance,” head of the sports team MAZ-SPORTauto Sergey Vyazovich said.
This was the sixth Dakar for Belarus’ MAZ. The rally raid took place in three countries – Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. The route length was about 9,000 km. Some 50 crews participated in the truck class, and 42 vehicles reached the finish line.