Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd announced that the company will be sponsoring Hino Team Sugawara , which will participate in the 2016 Dakar Rally on January 1-16, 2016.
At the same time, the company will supply the teamâ€™s racing truck, Hino Ranger, with engine oil and gear oil that are developed specifically for racing.
The Dakar Rally is a two-week off-road race across a desert and wilderness that spans approximately 10,000 kilometers; the competition is judged based on the total time to reach the goal. Hino Team Sugawara has a record of 24 finishes in the truck division since 1991, and it won six consecutive times in the under-10 liter class (engine displacement) from 2010 to 2015.
Through this sponsorship, the company will be able to show its capabilities in oil development for off-roads, which will contribute to the growth of the motor sports culture and support Hino Motorsâ€™ advancement to the world.
(Translated by Aileen Bolo)