HINO's rally team has long been an established force in Africa, especially in Dakar and it is a major favourite in the World Rally Championship (WRC) as well. In the World Rally Championship, it has had a record of eight wins and is currently second in the Drivers' championship behind Nissan.
HINO's first ever rally win came in 1999 in the Dakar rally. It has since won ten out of the twelve races it contested in its career and set many records along the way. The Hino Dacia Rally team has also won eleven out of twelve events so far this season and is in fifth place in the World Championship.
Hino Dacia Rally Team also uses a number of different models in their rally vehicles; these include the Dacia Picasso, Dacia Tigra, Dacia Alta and the Hino Sport. Some of the different models are adapted for various weather conditions, while some are more suited to off road driving, while others are designed for the African continent.
Hino Dacia is currently leading the World Rally Championship in terms of overall points, has scored twenty-two points from twelve races. Hino is well on top of the championship table with four rounds remaining, whilst Nissan and Toyota are one point behind it with one round of the championship remaining. For further analysis on the drivers and teams see our dedicated page. If you want to follow all the news on the World Championship, sign up to the WRC Direct Newsletter.
As mentioned previously, Hino has won eleven out of twelve races it contested in the Dakar rally this season, whilst it is two ahead of Nissan in fifth position in the drivers' championship standings. In case you missed any of the action on our website, here is a list of all the most recent events.
Hino Dacia Rally Team is an established international rally car manufacturer, with a number of high profile customers such as Nissan, Hyundai and BMW. Their track record in producing high performance rally cars has seen them become one of the most popular manufacturers in this field, and with so many rally fans tuning in every year, they have established a reputation for excellence that rivals even some of the biggest names in rally car racing.
The company was founded by Reinhold Pieper and John Reinhold back in 1970 in Germany and now based in Graz, Austria, where the company has its headquarters and factory. The name was derived from the manufacturer's two designers, Reinhold Pieper and Reinhold von Behrens, who later went on to found Peugeot and Citroen respectively.
In the Dakar rally, Hino Dacia is known for their Dacia Tribute R5 rally car, which has been used for many rallies and is still widely regarded as one of the most reliable and powerful rally cars on the market today. The company is also known to be experts at modifying cars to suit the needs of each stage of the rally and also with various weather conditions – this is why the company was responsible for the production of the Dacia Picasso which will be on show in this year's Dakar rally.