The international race that will cover the historic Paris-Dakar route starts on December 28. For the first time a Kamaz natural gas sport truck customized with the support of Gazprom and VTB Bank (the official partners of the team) will take part in this competition. The vehicle will refuel at a mobile gas filling station (MGFS) provided by Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo.
Kamaz-Master team, which aims to demonstrate the potential of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, includes Press Secretary of the Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Sergey Kupriyanov, who will pilot the truck, navigator Alexander Kupriyanov, and mechanic Anatoly Tanin.
“We worked on the design of this vehicle for two years. Our team took part in Russian competitions where the efficiency of the natural gas-fueled Kamaz was proven. Now, we can say for sure that it is ready for the extreme conditions of the African rally,” said Kupriyanov.
The rally route will include 12 stages covering a total of 6,000 kilometers. Half of the route will be represented by special sections: the rocky mountains of Morocco, sands of Sahara, dunes of Mauritania, savannahs of Senegal. The teams will come to the finish on January 11 in Dakar (Senegal).