Minsk Automobile Factory (MAZ) presents its first racing truck with more than 960 “horses” available. After a series of tests, the MAZ-SPORTauto team plans to use it to race several international rally raids. The racingtruck MAZ-6440RR took the best from three trucks of available from the range of the Belarus manufacturer The chassis came from the combat vehicle MAZ-5309RR, the large cabin cames from the serial “hard worker” MAZ-5440, finally and the hood from the MAZ-6440PA. The novelty has received an updated platform and a new fiber glass body.
The truck as a new bonnet layout, with the cabin placed in a almost central position. The shift of the cockpit to the central part of the vehicle made possible to improve on the weight distribution, unloading the front axle and reducing the load on the crew. Thus, the pilot will have an easier task driving the truck and all the crew will have a better and more comfortable experience, due to a smother ride.
Externally the truck resembles a huge 4×4 . “We haven’t done anything like this yet. We tried to create one of the most beautiful sports trucks in history. It is not only powerful and maneuverable, but also looks impressive. During large rally-raids it will surely catch a lot of attention, which in turn will make it possible to promote the MAZ brand in the world even better, ”said Sergey Vyazovich, head of the MAZ-SPORTavto team.
The truck is designed and assembled inside the Minsk Automobile Plant. And almost everything is made at the head office and the factories of the holding “BELAVTOMAZ”. In particular, the frame, cabin, platform, brackets, panels and power frames are produced in Belarus. Some imported components are also used: the Allison 4000 series automatic transmission, Weweler springs, Reiger shock absorbers, SISU axles and ZF transfer case.
“Our truck was designed by the designers of the Minsk Automobile Plant. A team of 6-7 people took part in the development. Then the workers of MAZ helped to realize all this. We believe that the successful performance of the team at rally raids is, first of all, the promotion of the Belarusian manufacturer, ”explained the commercial director of JSC“ MAZ ”Gennady Skitov.
“Kapotnik is primarily created to win. But we will also use it to test technical innovations in extreme conditions, – explained the head of the sports team. – Now the team “MAZ-SPORTavto” is among the favorites of international rally raids. With the introduction of the new truck design, we will not only be able to increase our chances for success, but also prove the design capabilities of the Minsk Automobile Plant. ”