InstaForex Loprais team has presented a new rally truck, Praga V4S DKR, which will take part in the Dakar Rally 2020.
The rally truck is equipped with an Iveco engine of almost 1,000 bhp that blends perfectly with an automatic gearbox. This technological upgrade shifted the truck’s balance and the center of gravity. Among other innovations are a lower and lighter body structure and a modified cooling system.
Praga V4S DKR has been designed as a result of a fruitful cooperation between InstaForex Loprais team and Praga, the Czech brand that has been known since 1907.
«There are so many changes that it’s basically a new truck» Aleš Loprais commented on.
Originally, the rally team intended to test the truck on the Arabian Peninsula. However, encouraged by the first successful drives, the crew decided to carry on with further testing in Europe.
«I really wanted to test the truck in the sand and dunes, because I was a bit worried about the gearbox. The automatic gearbox works great. I really like how the truck is handling banking. We want to focus on finishing all the little details in the workshop, that also matters. Even some smallest holders can become a big problem at Dakar, so we are focused on improving clamps, end pieces, tubes, all kinds of details» Aleš Loprais added.
The Dakar Rally 2020 will be held from January 5 until January 7 in Saudi Arabia. The route of the legendary rally raid is nearly 9,000 kilometers long. During the race, pilot of Praga V4S DKR Aleš Loprais will be assisted by navigator Khalid Al-Kendi from the United Arab Emirates and Czech mechanic Petr Pokora.