Following their resounding double victory in the 2012 Dakar Rally, Petronas Team de Rooy IVECO and technical sponsor R-M Automotive Refinish, have announced that they will continue their highly successful partnership, which has already got off to a racing start achieving first place in the T4 class at the Oilibya Rally of Morocco. The next step is the team’s assault on the Dakar, the world’s toughest rally, which is run between the 5th and the 20th of January 2013 over 8,000 kilometres of backbreaking roads and tracks from Lima in Peru, through the wilds of Argentina to Santiago in Chile.
The ultra- competitive Petronas Team de Rooy IVECO is made up of five IVECO racing trucks, including the Powerstar of Gerard de Rooy and four Trakker Evolution III and II. All are painted in eye-catching Petronas Green, just one of the 50,000 colors available from GRAPHITE HD, the advanced premium paint technology developed by R-M specifically for commercial vehicles.
R-M’s GRAPHITE HD has not only guarantees that the de Rooy trucks catch the attention of the huge numbers of fans following the Dakar Rally, but the paint’s outstanding durability ensures the truck’s paintwork remains in excellent condition by withstanding the extreme weather conditions that see temperatures rising to 40 degrees C during the day, as well as the constant attack of rocks, sand and salt that is part of the make up of this gruelling event.
The GRAPHITE HD system works perfectly with the wide range of substrates that make up the racing truck’s bodywork, while the use of GRAPHITE HD DECO A enables the vivid Petronas Green and the other three colors that make up the scheme, to be applied within the very tight deadlines demanded in the world of motor racing.
“The Dakar ralley and the success of Petronas Team de Rooy IVECO are an outstanding opportunity to showcase the advantages of our commercial vehicle technologies with the close working partnership with IVECO Trucks. We apply that same philosophy to the racing team, which is benefitting from R-M’s technical expertise in the world of commercial vehicle paint technology and ensuring the highest quality finishes reflect the professional approach de Rooy and IVECO apply to team as well as every aspect of their particular businesses,” says Oliver Birk, Business Development Commercial Transport Systems EMEA at BASF Coatings.
Will the dynamic combination of IVECO trucks, Petronas Team de Rooy and R-M’s GRAPHITE HD prove once again to be a perfect partnership and the winning formula at the 2013 Dakar Rally? R-M and IVECO think so!