If, for some reason, you still haven’t heard about the Kamaz, than it’s time to finally eliminate this mistake. Kamaz is a Russian truck manufacturer, which has been improving its core model since 1976. It’s now so good that it has a record number of 14 titles in the legendary Rally Dakar.
This year’s Dakar marked another triumph, as the Kamaz Master team registered a confident win with “fearless” driver Eduard Nikolaev behind the steering wheel. The second largest marathon rally for the year is fast approaching and the Russian team is preparing to fight for another title.
What better way to prepare a 22,000-lbs (10-tonne) truck for the Silk Way trophy than take it to one of the most extreme regions in Russia, namely the Transpolar region of Murmansk? And what better way to test the new Continental 14.00 R20 164/160K HC tires than fly for over 35 meters pulling 12G?
Yes, as crazy as it sounds, once it reaches 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour), thanks to its 1,000-horsepower (747-kilowatt), 16.2-liter V8 diesel engine, this thing can fly. And, according to the team, the tires “gripped the snowy slush well, the suspension withstood the blows and, on landing, the truck carried on at maximum speed to show that they are the Kings of the Northern Desert.”
“To test the truck we went to Kirovsk, in the Murmansk region, to one of the snowiest regions in Russia,”Nikolaev explains. “There, right through to the late spring, there’s a lot of deep snow. For our KAMAZ-4326, these conditions are very similar to driving on the sands of South America or Africa, and for the team this is great training in the skills of driving on the coming ‘silk’ dunes.”
This year’s Silk Way rally begins on July 7 at Moscow’s Red Square and will take the mighty Kamaz and all its rivals through a total of 14 stages and 5,903 miles (9,500 km). The stages will be run in Russia, Kazakhstan, and China, which is where the rally will conclude - in Xi'an, on July 22.
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Gallery: Kamaz rally truck
Driver Nikolaev lands monster jump in deep snow ahead of 2017 Silk Way Rally.
After winning the 2017 Dakar Rally in January, what better way to prepare for another gruelling endurance race in July than by testing your truck in the most extreme winter conditions.
Fearless driver Eduard Nikolaev has proved his mettle with two Dakar wins for the KAMAZ-Master team as well as victory at the 2010 Silk Way Rally.
Ahead of another tilt at the Silk Way trophy in July, the Russian took his truck into the Transpolar region of Murmansk to give the new Continental 14.00 R20 164/160K HC tyres a rigorous workout.
Nikolaev and his team know that they cannot afford to rest on their laurels with competition so fierce in their rally raid category.
Consequently, they are pouring all their energy at Kamaz’s secret laboratories to perfect the 10-ton, 1,000-horsepower racing “Terminator”-truck.
For this special event in Arctic conditions, Nikolaev accelerated his 16-litre diesel monster to a speed of around 140km/h.
Once the former mechanic got his charge up to speed, he took off from a snow jump and flew through the air for over 30 metres pulling 12G.
Thankfully for the team the tyres gripped the snowy slush well, the suspension withstood the blows and, on landing, the truck carried on at maximum speed to show that they are the Kings of the Northern Desert.
The 32-year-old explained, “To test the truck we went to Kirovsk, in the Murmansk region, to one of the snowiest regions in Russia. There, right through to the late spring, there’s a lot of deep snow.
“For our KAMAZ-4326, these conditions are very similar to driving on the sands of South America or Africa, and for the team this is great training in the skills of driving on the coming ‘silk’ dunes.”
Now that they know the truck can withstand extreme conditions, they can turn their attention to Moscow’s Red Square on July 7 when they begin their 9,500km route from Russia through Kazakhstan to China.
Along with their rivals, they will have to tackle 14 arduous Silk Way stages packed with extremes of temperature and gigantic sand dunes as this impressive super-truck team seeks a sixth big race victory.