Quality paves the road to success
A faulty part, changing a screen, a complicated repair – the service team worked round the clock to make the Dakar Rally a resounding success. Of the 15 MAN racing trucks, only one failed as a result of a technical fault. This is as much a testimony to the quality of our trucks, as to the excellent work of the service technicians.
Extreme conditions demand extreme service.
Sleeping at night? That's something the service crews can only dream of. When the drivers go to bed in the "bivouac" after a strenuous day racing is when the stress really starts for the mechanics.
Every evening the vehicles are put through the paces. And, depending on the extent and the nature of the damage, the service team work away on the trucks until as late as four in the morning.
The mechanics can then take it in turns to sleep during the drive to the next stage – which is sometimes a bumpy undertaking. If there are problems at any time on the route, they of course have to be sharp-eyed and wide awake to get the truck back on the road.
A strong MAN service team for 10 years
The MAN service team celebrated a very special success at the 2015 Dakar Rally. For the past 10 years, Hans Echter and his colleagues Hans-Werner Nell and Josef Kreppold have been supporting the racing and service teams on the road with MAN vehicles in their role as the service team. They have their backs, so to speak.
The three mechanics are on the road with an MAN service truck, with a load capacity of 12 tonnes, and loaded with 1,500 spare parts.
Testing for the road in the desert
Life is one of the hardest tests there is – or maybe it's the Dakar Rally. This is why MAN uses this opportunity to test its vehicles on difficult racing tracks, to see, for instance how traction vehicles perform in mountainous conditions, or on particularly difficult terrain.