King Shocks will be going the distance at the 2010 Dakar Rally behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz Actros. The Actros 6x6 will run in the T5 class, the standard designation for non-competition, full-size support trucks. King Shocks and their support rig will provide the necessary tools, parts, and supplies to endure the full length of the upcoming multi-stage rally, which will also be King’s first formal appearance at the renowned event.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros will be put through the same paces as the Dakar competitors, and in order to perform well, the tri-axle support truck will need all the power it can muster from its twelve-liter diesel V-6 with 470 horsepower and 1800 pound-feet of torque. The Actros won’t be winning any hypermiling awards, but it will carry 475 gallons worth of diesel fuel onboard. To ensure the truck keeps moving, the transmission features twelve forward and four reverse gears.
As a King Shocks support vehicle, the Actros rides on King’s 3.0 smooth-body shocks with remote reservoirs. The Mercedes truck will directly support two King race teams, providing engineers with the opportunity to work with racers during the rally.
The 2010 Dakar Rally will be more than a 5500-mile trek through Chile and Argentina, slated to run from January 2-16. The rally will start and finish in Buenos Aires.
Source: King Shocks