Hino finishing preparations for the rally-raid Dakar 2012, which traditionally starts on January 1st, 2012 in Argentina. The team became the winner of the marathon Dakar for last two years in its class up to 10 liters. To the new raid the company decided to upgrade the race trucks. The first of all, center of gravity has been lowered and rigidity of construction has been increased. Some parts are made of composite materials. The new truck is equipped with a short day cab. All these has reduced the weight by 300 kg if compared with the 2011 model. Weight loss has increased braking performance.
Another important change is a modified cooling system. Climatic conditions of South America are not as severe as in Africa, so the cooling system may be slightly lighter. Location of units has been redesigned for more optimal effect. Visible change is tilt of the cargo became classic rectangular shape without the step in rear part.