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Winners of Dakar Rally equipped with GKN driveshafts

The top 13 race teams at this year’s Dakar Rally were equipped with GKN’s propshafts and sideshafts. The Dakar Rally finished on January 15 after more than 9,000 stage kilometres.

GKN copyThe race started and ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital.

The Dakar Rally is the world’s most famous long distance desert rally and the hardest rally event in the world for humans and materials.

This is a true marathon race, with individual stages of more than 800 km distance, most of them on desert grounds. Only the hardest drivers and absolutely top quality components in the race cars will manage such a demanding task. Over many years, driveline specialist GKN has been supplying a great number of participating race cars with sideshafts, propshafts and other components. In 2015, 70 per cent of the Rally cars were equipped by GKN.

The participants use GKN’s latest fixed joint generation SX, Countertrack which allows smaller packaging and also improved efficiency for the user. SX joints perform an efficiency improvement of up to 60 per cent when compared to current Rzeppa fixed joints.

Using the know-how, experience and proof under extreme running conditions, sideshafts, propshafts and components of the same basic technologies are produced and remanufactured by GKN to supply the aftermarket for passenger cars, 4WD, SUVs and light commercial vehicles. Replacement and repair parts for the independent aftermarket are well known under the brand names SPIDAN and LÖBRO.

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