The gas-powered KAMAZ with a crew headed by Sergey Kupriyanov finished in the top 10 of the general standings of the Africa Eco Race 2017 marathon rally that concluded at Lake Retba on 14 January.
The rally consisted of 12 stages with a total distance of over 6,500 kilometers. For the most part (3,800 kilometers), the race consisted of high-speed tracks: the rocky plateaus of Morocco; the sands of Mauritania and the savannas of Senegal. Not all of the 52 vehicles that started the race reached the finish line. However, the crew of the gas-powered KAMAZ (Sergey Kupriyanov, driver, Alexander Kupriyanov, co-pilot, and Anatoliy Tanin, mechanic) achieved the best result for hybrid drive vehicles finishing fourth at Lake Retba.
This was the third African race for Sergey Kupriyanov’s crew. The gas-powered KAMAZ is the only truck in its class fueled by EcoGas natural gas. The use of gas allows for faster acceleration and the gas-powered KAMAZ can reaches maximum power at lower rpm. This is particularly important when driving over the sticky sands of Africa.
The vehicle was refueled with natural gas by a mobile fueling truck provided by Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel LLC. As part of KAMAZ-master’s technical support convoy, the fueling truck covered the entire route and provided non-stop refueling of the truck at the finish line of each stage of the marathon. The truck can cover 600-700 kilometers on a full tank with the motor operating in gas and diesel cycle.
The participation of the gas-powered KAMAZ in the African rally corresponds with the race style and motto. After 2013, the organizers of the marathons tightened up the rules substantially and limited the permitted level of toxic emissions.
“Russia is a world leader in terms of natural gas reserves. Its usage as engine fuel is gaining popularity all over the world. The gas-powered KAMAZ demonstrates the efficiency, safety and eco-friendliness of this type of fuel,” Sergey Kupriyanov, the driver of the gas-powered KAMAZ, emphasised.
The gas-powered KAMAZ is a special sport truck model which uses compressed natural gas for fuel. The vehicle was designed in 2013 by the KAMAZ-master Team with the support of PJSC Gazprom and VTB Bank. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the advantages of using natural gas as engine fuel.
The use of natural gas as engine fuel for the gas-powered KAMAZ significantly reduces the emission of toxic substances into the environment and cuts fuel costs due to the low price of natural gas.
Production and sales of natural gas as engine fuel is one of Gazprom's priorities. A dedicated subsidiary, Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel LLC, has been established to systemically develop the NGV market.