In 1981 a DAF 4×4 military truck made its entrance in the truck class of the (in)famous Paris to Dakar rally raid. Without success, as the truck didn’t finish due to a crew member suffering an arm injury. Back then the extreme endurance rally lasted a full three weeks, exhausting man and machine.
A year later Jan de Rooy made his debut in this DAF NAT 2800 Turbo Intercooling and promptly won the +10 ton truck class. He was the owner of a big hauling company and a former motocross rider and rallycross driver.
The DAF N2800-series was only available as a 6×4 chassis, either as truck or as tractor unit. It was developed for the African market, so winning the Paris to Dakar rally raid, straight through the Sahara desert, couldn’t be more apt.
Nothing has ever finished Le Dakar without getting battle scars.
Fast forward 35 years. This is pretty much how all rally raid trucks look like these days, all of them are based on a 4×2 or 4×4 truck chassis, yet heavily modified and strengthened.
So far I can’t find any specific information about this one. According to its plate the starting point was a 2002 DAF CF85 4×2 truck. Most likely the engine is a DAF 12.6 or more recent 12.9 liter (factory displacement) inline-six engine, maximum power output somewhere around 750 to 800 hp (certainly not factory power).
Two shock absorbers per wheel.
The front axle and suspension.
And the rear axle and suspension. Although I couldn’t check, I’d say these are Finnish Sisu drive axles.
Some more king-size sandbox toys.
And a collection of assistance vehicles.
Ever seen a heavy rally raid truck takeoff? A Ginaf with Jan Lammers behind the wheel. Everything is OK, although this jump might as well have ended in a horrible high speed crash.
Let’s calm down a bit. I like this one because of the typical DAF roar.
The upcoming Le Dakar starts on January 6, 2018. In South America, that is.