GAZ vehicles start off in the Silk Way-2019 rally raid

8 Jul 2019
Nizhny Novgorod, July 8, 2019 - Four Gaz vehicles started off in one of the major car races of the season - the Silk Road 2019 rally raid. Two GAZelle Next performance vehicles and two Sadko Next trucks will cover a challenging multiday route, which this year started in the east of Russia - in Irkutsk for the first time. Over the course of ten racing days the rally participants will travel through Irkutsk region, the Republic of Buryatia, Mongolia and China to finish on July 16 in the Chinese city of Dunhuang, which in ancient times was considered the gateway to the Silk Road.

Four GAZ vehicles started off in the Silk Way-2019 rally raid. Over the course of ten days two GAZelle Next performance vehicles and two Sadko Next off-road trucks will cover more than 5000 km to finish in the Chinese city of Dunhuang on July 16. The crews will have to put to the test the reliability of the vehicles and their own driving skills on a variety of terrains. After forest roads, muddy stretches and Siberian rivers valleys the crews will have to deal with hard steppe trails, high-altitude stretches and rocky plateaus of northern Mongolia. The last days of the race will be the most challenging, when the crews will have to storm the high dunes and poachy sands of the notorious Gobi Desert.

The sports vehicles of GAZ Raid Sport team are based on serial GAZ vehicles. The two GAZelle Next vehicles are powered by serial Cummins ISF 2.8 engines with special sports upgrade parts. The Sadko Next vehicles are equipped with YMZ-534 engines manufactured by Yaroslavl Engine Plant. YMZ engines were used in challenging sports competitions for several years and demonstrated high reliability in the harshest operating conditions at high temperatures. Thanks to special settings the engines can reach the power output of up to 300 hp at 2600 RPM and a torque of up to 1000 Nm at 1800-2400 RPM. The Cummins ISF 2.8 engine specifications: power output - up to 200 hp at 3800 RPM, torque up to 520 Nm at 2000-3200 RPM.

The team's technical support vehicles are Sobol 4x4 serial vehicles. Thanks to their excellent off-road capabilities the vehicles can reach almost any point of the most challenging race route.

The team’s tires were provided by Michelin. The Sadko and Sadko Next vehicles are fitted with Michelin X-L tires, while the GAZelle Next and Sobol 4x4 are fitted with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. These tires provide the optimal combination of speed on dirt roads and the capability to negotiate sands and off-road terrain.

Crews of GAZ Raid Sport team: GAZelle Next, starting number 230 - the crew of Evgeny Sukhovenko and Evgeny Pavlov; GAZelle Next, starting number 231 - the crew of Alexey Ignatov and Kirill Chapaev; Sadko Next, starting number 306 - the crew of Mikhail Shklyaev and Alexander Laguta; Sadko Next, starting number 312 - the crew of Boleslav Levitsky and Alexander Obukhov.

This is the ninth time that the Silk Road international rally raid is held. This year's rally involves 97 vehicles representing 36 countries. During the first two race days the vehicles passed two special racing stretches between Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude, where washed out forest roads became the first serious test for crews. On July 9, the racing caravan will pass to Mongolia.