Auburn Hills-based BorgWarner supplied the advanced airflow solutions for the winning team of the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America. Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz’s team won in the truck category.
“For over three decades, the Dakar Rally has been the world’s toughest off-road endurance race,” says Daniel Paterra, president and general manager of BorgWarner Thermal Systems. “BorgWarner has supported Kamaz with advanced airflow technologies, and we are looking forward to continuing the successful collaboration.”
BorgWarner’s fans are designed for temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit and elevations of up to about 15,000 feet. The fans are designed for medium-duty vehicles that need high performance at a low weight.
Kamaz’s vehicles also finished in second, third, and fifth place.
BorgWarner’s fans provide increased efficiency as well as improved fuel economy, says Paterra.
The Dakar Rally, which started in 2009 in South America, is divided into 13 stages and covers almost 6,000 miles. For this year’s race, held in January, about 650 participants drove in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile through off road conditions such as mud and sand dunes.