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27

Apr

The key upgrades to this year’s HINO500 Series Car 2!

The HINO500 Series Car 2 finished at 8th place overall in Dakar Rally 2017 and the team continues to upgrade the truck to evolve it even further. We spoke with Mitsuru Enomoto and Takashi Yamashita from Hino Motors Technical Research Center on some of the key upgrades that were made to the truck.

Early in June two men were on Hino Motor’s Ibaraki test tracks observing the HINO500 Series Car 2 as the team conducted their shakedown of the truck. These two men were Mitsuru Enomoto and Takashi Yamashita from Hino Motors Technical Research Center, and members of the development team that launched the current model of HINO500 Series Dakar Rally racers. We asked them about the key upgrades made to the truck this year.

― What are some of the changes that you made to the truck this year? 
Enomoto: We made modifications to how the truck’s rear axle steering behaves during turns. The truck’s stability is determined by the way the rear axle steers the truck when the driver turns the steering wheel to make turns. For the first time, we designed the rear axle to give a zero steering angle during turns (roll neutral steering). By doing so, we were able to eliminate changes in behavior where the truck makes sudden direction changes during turns. This means that the driver is able to keep his foot on the gas pedal with peace of mind.

Mr. Mitsuru Enomoto from Hino Motors Technical Research Center.
 

― What were your impressions after seeing the truck perform on the race tracks? 
Enomoto: I got that impression that it's driving was very stable. The driver has also told us that the truck is responding more naturally to steering inputs.

― How well do you think the truck has turned out? 
Enomoto: I actually drove the truck during preliminary tests to see how its steering stability and riding comfort have improved. I believe that its racing truck designed suspension system has reached quite a high level of perfection.

― What are some of the changes that you made to the truck this year?
Yamashita: Based on our experience from last year’s Silk Way Rally, we boiled things down to two areas: Improve the durability of the transfer and the dog clutch on the center differential. We mounted the HINO500 Series Car 2 with a new transfer made in Austria. Currently, the oil temperature is running a bit high, but I think we can take care of that by installing an oil cooler. The dog clutch broke down last year, and I think we have been able to improve its durability by increasing its diameter. We also replaced the rear axle differential with a mechanical LSD (Limited Slip Differential). I was glad to hear that the driver got a good feel for the truck after he actually drove it.


Mr. Takashi Yamashita from Hino Motors Technical Research Center.

― You say that you received positive feedback from the driver, that he got a good feel for the truck. What were some of the specifics of what he had to say?
Yamashita: He told us that the truck’s attitude felt much more stable during turns. As average racing speeds go up, we need to eliminate behaviors that can cause nervousness for the crew as much as possible. Our most important aim was to enable the driver to keep the truck stable while maintaining speed without having to push the truck too hard.

― How well do you think the truck has turned out? 
Yamashita: I think the truck’s performance is assuredly better than last year. We have completed almost all of the upgrades for this year, so I’m hoping that we don’t have any major problems in the Silk Way Rally.

Below are other upgrades that the HINO500 Series Car 2 has undergone to further evolve it from its previous iteration.

= Other major changes


New HINO500 Series cab design


New brake pad material for better high temperature durability


Roll bar relocated further towards the back for improved driving position

HINO500 Series Silk Way Rally 2017 Racer Specs

Car no. Car 2
Length 6,370mm
Width 2,500mm
Heigh 3,150mm
Wheel base 3,970mm
Gross vehicle weight 7,400kg
Engine model A09C-TI (with turbo intercooler)
Engine type 4-cycle in-line 6 diesel
Displacement 8.866L
Max. output/rotation 670ps/2,300rpm
Max. torque/rotation 230kgm/1,200rpm
Fuel tank 700L
Drive system Full-time 4WD
Transmission Six forward and one reverse
Transfer With Hi-Lo range switching
Tires XZL 14.00R20

 

27

Apr

History of HINO

Milestones prior to establishment


1910

Tokyo Gas Industry Co., Ltd. was established.

1913

Corporate name was changed to Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry Co., Ltd.

1917

First prototype vehicle of truck was built.

1918

Mass production of motor vehicles began in Japan.

1937

The Automobile Division of Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. and Kyodo Kokusan K.K. were merged into Tokyo Automobile Industry Co., Ltd.

1941      

Corporate name was changed to Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd.

Milestones after establishment


1942 Hino plant was separated from Diesel Motor Industry Co., Ltd. and renamed Hino Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. to produce military track-laying vehicles.
1946

Production of heavy-duty tractor and trailer cargo and coach and diesel engine began, in response to a shift in demand from the private sector.
Corporate name was changed to Hino Industry Co., Ltd.

  

1948 The Sales Department was separated and re-established as Hino Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. Corporate Name was changed to Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd.
1949 Hino was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1950 Production of heavy-duty diesel truck and bus began.
Japan' s first ever trolley bus was introduced.
1953

Technical collaboration with Renault (France) resulted in the production of the Renault, a passenger vehicle.
Hino-Renault Sales Co., Ltd. established.
Japan' s first center under-floor engine bus was introduced.

  

1959 Hino Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. merged with Hino-Renault Sales Co., Ltd., and was renamed Hino Motor Sales, Ltd.
Hino Diesel Industry Co., Ltd. was renamed Hino Motors, Ltd.
1961

"HINO CONTESSA 900", an in-house developed passenger vehicle, was introduced.

1962 First overseas sale company was established in Thailand. (now Hino Motors Sales (Thailand) Ltd.)
1963 Operations commenced at Hamura plant in Tokyo.
1964

"HINO RANGER KM", Japan' s first 3.5-ton medium-duty truck, was introduced.
First overseas production company was established in Thailand. (now Hino Motors Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.)

1966 Hino Motors, Ltd. and Hino Motor Sales, Ltd. created a business alliance with Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. (the latter two merged on July 1, 1982 to form Toyota Motor Corporation.)
1968 Small vehicle factory was completed in the Hamura plant for the production of the TOYOTA HILUX.
1971 Hino received the Deming Award.
1977

Japan's first body-framed touring coach was introduced.

1980 Operations commenced at Nitta plant in Gunma.
The redesigned “KAZE-NO-RANGER SERIES” medium-duty truck was launched.
1981 The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
1985 Operations commenced at Gozenyama Proving Grounds in Ibaraki.
1986 Hidaka Delivery Center was established.
1988 Domestic sales of "RANGER series" reached 500,000 units.
1990 The redesigned "S'ELEGA” touring couch was launched.
1991

The world's first diesel-electric hybrid system “Hybrid Inverter-controlled Motor & Retarder (HIMR)” powered bus was announced.
Hino participated for the first time in the truck category at the Paris-Dakar Rally.

1992 The redesigned “SUPER DOLPHIN PROFIA SERIES” heavy-duty truck was launched.
1994 New symbol mark and logotype were adopted.
1995 The redesigned “LIESSE SERIES” light-duty bus was launched.
1996 Hino Motors 21st Century Center was established.(Hino Auto Plaza opened at the center in 1997.)
1999

New “DUTRO” light-duty truck was introduced, jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corporation.
Hino Motors, Ltd. and Hino Motor Sales, Ltd. merged into Hino Motors, Ltd.

2001

Hino became a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation through private pacement.

2003

The light duty hybrid truck was launched, conforming to new stricter regulations on exhaust emissions, effective as of 2005.

2004

Low emission high-mileage HINO RANGER Hybrid was introduced.

2005

Non-step large-sized hybrid route-bus HINO BLUE RIBBON CITY Hybrid was introduced.
“HINO RANGER” medium-duty truck was launched, to meet new long-term emission regulation.
The redesigned “HINO S'ELEGA” was launched, to meet new long-term emission regulation.
“HINO PROFIA” heavy-duty truck was launched, to meet new long-term emission regulation.
Customer Technical Center was established at Hamura plant.

   

2006 Hino Motors Sales Canada, Ltd. began assembling trucks and changed its name to Hino Motors Canada, Ltd. 
Australia’s first light-duty hybrid truck was introduced.
2007 Annual overseas unit sales exceeded domestic unit sales for the first time. 
Cumulative exports reached one million units. 
Operations commenced at West Virginia plant in USA. (Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc.)
2008 Hino Motors Manufacturing Colombia, S.A. began assembling trucks. 
Hino Motors Sales, LLC was established in Russia. 
Low emission high-mileage HINO S'ELEGA Hybrid was launched.
2009 PT. Hino Motors Manufacturing Indonesia began the additional production of light-duty trucks (HINO 300 Series and TOYOTA Dyna) in Indonesia.
Hino Motors Manufacturing Mexico, S.A. DE C.V. began assembling trucks.
A joint venture company, GAC Hino Motors Co., Ltd. began assembling trucks in China.
The cumulative production of Hino trucks and buses reached three million units.
2010 Toyota and Hino provided fuel-cell bus for Tokyo airport routes.
Hong Kong's first light-duty hybrid truck was introduced.
2011


New light-duty truck HINO300 Series was launched.

2012 Operations began at Koga knock down factory.
Hino Poncho electric bus entered pilot service.
2013 Light-duty Electric Vehicle truck entered pilot service.
The cumulative sales of HINO hybrid trucks and buses reached ten thousand units.
2014 The cumulative number of driving seminar participants at the Customer Technical Center exceeded 50,000.
2015 New modularized products were introduced in Indonesia and Thailand.
2016 Hino attained top position in heavy and medium duty truck sales in Japan for the 43rd consecutive year (FY2015*).
Marked the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the world's first diesel-electric hybrid system powered vehicle, “Hybrid Inverter-controlled Motor & Retarder (HIMR)” bus.

 

*Japanese Fiscal Year runs from April 1 to March 31.