Tatra 815 - Buggyra Off for Dakar
In the words of a classic, the dice are thrown! On Monday the Tatra Trucks in Kopřivnice will officially send the racing special Tatra 815 - Buggyra to the famous Dakar Rally.
Thus the final version of the Fat Boy truck will be born, after joint development by two highly esteemed companies established firmly in the field of motor sports, Tatra and Buggyra. "We have worked on the vehicle a little after the Sahara Rally El Chott and the figures testify that all is OK. Now it is Martin ´s and Kilian brothers´ turn. I will wait in the finish for the celebrations," joked the co-author of the truck Robin Dolejš. Optimism was not concealed by the technological development director of Tatra Ing. Radomír Smolka either. "Even though this is a long-term project I believe that our joint forces have resulted in development of a truck with a big potential already now after a mere year of our cooperation."
According to the currently best Czech long-distance racing driver Martin Kolomý, who will defend this year ´s fifth rank at Dakar 2014, Tatra has supplied tradition and experience while Buggyra has contributed technologies which should push the joint project closer to the podium for winners. "Even though I will drive a virtually new vehicle something tells me that all will work out well."
The ceremonial good-bye to the truck, which must be embarked on board special ferry in the French harbour Le Havre on Thursday afternoon at the latest, will not even be missed by David Vršecký. "I quite envy Martin on the one hand. But on the other hand I know from my own experience that Dakar is nothing to be envied. But this is what Martin and his boys like most about it," laughed the double European Champion, who contributed to the development of the truck as a technology consultant and testing driver.