The Hong Kong-Beijing Rally held for the first time in 1985 allowed the Chinese people to come into contact with the new thing of rally at their doorstep for the first time. In the Dakar Rally in 2003, the Zhengzhou Nissan Paladin team set out and successfully completed the race, which made Chinese manufacturing appear in the top international rally events.
In 2005, the China Tower (International) Rally officially started. After 14 years of development, the Tower Rally has also become one of the world-renowned rally events. This year’s Ring of Towers Rally started from Aksu City, Aksu Prefecture, Xinjiang on May 20, and ended at Hotan City, Hotan Prefecture on June 2, with a history of half a month. The whole race is 5,000 kilometers, including 9 stages and 4 camps. Among them, the special stage is 2,300 kilometers, and the proportion of the desert stage will exceed 50%, which is the highest in the previous Tournament Rally. At the same time, in order to ensure a high level of competition, this year’s Ring of Towers Rally also set up a high-altitude stage as high as 3,100 meters, which is the first time in the history of Ring of Towers.
What is different from the past is that the stages of this year’s Taklimakan Rally have been fully upgraded, focusing on the concept of “100% Taklamakan”. The stage also covers the canyon Yardang landform, desert hinterland, Gobi and snow-capped mountains and other topography and landforms. As the largest desert in China and the second largest mobile desert in the world, the concept of “100% Taklamakan” launched by Huanta this year will definitely make the competition more colorful. Of course, the difficulty of the competition will also change with the The setting of the full desert stage rises sharply.
And the ring tower every year is a painful and happy process for any participant. Here, we can not only enjoy the pleasure brought by the soaring adrenaline hormone, but of course we also have to endure the heat of the desert and Gobi during the day and the huge physical exertion of work. And the huge temperature difference between day and night in the desert also makes the camp after the closing of each stage become quiet instantly. This is the charm of rally, which makes people fall into it and cannot extricate themselves.
Zhengzhou Nissan is the forerunner of the long-distance desert crossing rally, and is also an active participant in the current series of events. Zhengzhou Nissan also brought four Navarra racing cars to this year’s Ring of Towers Rally. And these four Navarra racing cars painted with Peking Opera facial makeup are also the favorites to win this year’s Ring of Tajikistan Rally.
As the logistics support vehicle of the team, this year Zhengzhou Nissan Huanta Team still chose Dongfeng Light Vehicle as the main logistics support vehicle of the team, providing the transportation of Navarra racing cars, and providing logistics such as parts and camps for Navarra racing cars and team members Guarantee tasks. This is also the second time that Dongfeng light vehicles have been put into the logistics support of the Ring of Towers Rally. Before the start of each race, the logistics support team of Dongfeng Light Vehicles must transport ten tons of materials to the competition venue in advance, including spare parts, tools, and maintenance station equipment for racing cars. At the same time, the logistics support team of Dongfeng Light Vehicle also undertakes the transportation and support tasks of the construction facilities of the Zhengzhou Nissan Ring Tower team camp. In fact, in addition to the fast speed of the racing car, watching the construction of the logistics team’s camp is also a great joy of the Ring of Towers Rally.
Although the logistics vehicle does not compete with the racing car, it will also pass through the same terrain as the racing car, such as canyon Yadan, desert hinterland, Gobi, and snow-capped mountains. At the same time, the logistics team also needs to have an excellent overall planning mechanism to ensure that the logistics team can efficiently guarantee the whole race of the car. In fact, to a large extent, the Tournament Rally is not about the performance of the car or the level of the driver, but the ability of the logistics support team. In the annual Tournament Rally, it is not uncommon for a car to withdraw from the race due to a lag in logistical support.
In this year’s Ring of Towers Rally, Dongfeng Light Vehicle also provided Dongfeng Duolika D12 medium-duty truck as the main logistics support vehicle. Compared with heavy trucks and light trucks, the size and performance of Dongfeng Duolika D12 are more suitable for wandering in the desert, and also more suitable for the logistics needs of Zhengzhou Nissan’s Huanta Team.
Dongfeng Light Vehicle provided a total of two Dorika D12 medium-duty trucks as the logistics support vehicles for the Zhengzhou Nissan team in this year’s Ring of Tajikistan Rally. One of them is a racing car, and the upper and lower brackets can meet the consignment work of the four Zhengzhou Nissan racing cars in this competition. The other one is a van logistics vehicle. As an excellent logistics support platform, the cargo box of this van logistics vehicle has undergone a comprehensive transformation. With the advantage of large space, it also has the consignment task of providing spare parts, maintenance equipment, supplies, meals and logistics equipment. Turning it into a “mobile factory” of Zhengzhou Nissan Motorsports, and when the flying-wing van opens the rails on both sides and presents a factory-like spare parts rack, it is indeed an extremely comfortable picture.
In terms of size, the body width of Dongfeng Duolika D12 is 2.47 meters, basically close to the national standard limit of 2.5 meters, reaching the size of a heavy-duty truck. Compared with other heavy-duty trucks on the market, Dongfeng Duolika D12 has a width of more than ten centimeters, and this width of more than ten centimeters can play a very big role for rally teams carrying large-sized and special-shaped equipment. effect.
It is worth mentioning that the handling, economy and cockpit view of Dongfeng Duolika D12 are also in the forefront in the field of domestic medium-sized trucks, which provides an invisible guarantee for long-term logistics support driving. The powerful loading performance and the durability advantages accumulated in years of market tests also make Dongfeng Duolika D12 the first choice for serving the ring tower fleet.
It can be said that these two Dongfeng Duolika D12 logistics support vehicles are the guarantee for the Zhengzhou Nissan Huanta Rally Racing Team to travel through the desert comfortably. And in the camp before the opening of the Ring of Towers Rally, these two Dongfeng Dolica D12s also became a beautiful scenery in the camp.
In 2018, Dongfeng Light Vehicle officially started the brand rejuvenation strategy, and actively entered the field of sports events. Sponsored the Zhengzhou Nissan Racing Team and the TKR Kinetic Racing Team, becoming the only logistics truck cooperation brand designated by the two teams, covering the five top domestic competitions at two levels including venues and off-road.
In this year’s event planning, Dongfeng Light Vehicle will sponsor two Dongfeng Dolika D12 as the logistics support vehicle of Zhengzhou Nissan Team, and will participate in the three major cross-country events such as the Ring of Towers Rally, the Silk Road Rally, and the Qinghai Lake Off-Road Classic this year. At the same time, it will also sponsor Dongfeng Caput K6, Dongfeng Duolika D6, and Dongfeng Duolika D12, a total of three trucks, and provide logistical support services for the TKR kinetic energy racing team to participate in the 2019 CEC China Automobile Endurance Championship and GT Masters.
Through the integration with the competition, Dongfeng Light Vehicle has also accepted the challenge of the harsh environment virtually. From another perspective, this is not an actual test of its quality. From this point of view, racing cars challenge the performance limits of vehicles, and logistics support vehicles challenge the limits of quality. This is the same reason. Logistic support is the prerequisite for the team to achieve results. With Dongfeng light vehicles as the logistics, we are also looking forward to the performance of the Zhengzhou Nissan team in this year’s Ring of Towers Rally.