FPT Industrial Gains 2 Titles at the FIA European Truck Racing Championship 2019
For the second year in a row, FPT Industrial, together with IVECO, was awarded Team and Drivers’ champion at the FIA European Truck Racing Championship 2019. IVECO was the technical sponsor of the “Die Bullen von IVECO”, the partnership between the Hahn Racing and Schwabentruck Teams, while FPT Industrial is equipping the trucks during the race.
Being the protagonist of such a competition is not an easy game, it means being able to balance power, durability and reliability during all the stages of the championship. And with its Cursor 13 engines, specifically-customized for this mission, FPT Industrial was the perfect partner for the crews. The engines at the heart of the competition were in fact specifically-engineered for such a challenging rally and the customization was undertaken at FPT Industrial’s Arbon, Switzerland, Research & Development center. The 13 l engine is renowned for its reliability in on-road long haul missions, as well as in agricultural applications, such as in large tractors and combine harvesters.
IVECO supported the Team with the Stralis 440 E 56 XP-R 5.3 t race truck which delivers an impressive 1180 hp, a truck specifically-designed to reach 160 km/h, the maximum speed allowed by sporting regulations. The Schwabentruck Team has represented CNH Industrial brands for the past 10 years, while Team Hahn competed with a Stralis race truck for the third year running.
“Once again we are honored to be the heart under the hood of Schwabentruck and Hahn Racing’s Stralis trucks. Our Cursor 13, which was specially-designed for the race, demonstrated a balance of performance and durability in challenging and demanding conditions, in perfect symbiosis with the talent of the teams,” said Annalisa Stupenengo, president of FPT Industrial. “This is further proof of the excellence of our products, the result of our continuous efforts to be the best.”
Thanks to the exceptional performance of Jochen Hahn, who achieved 13 victories - at least one per event - and 18 more podium placements, IVECO is also in first place in the Drivers’ ranking, as the driver claimed the title of FIA European Truck Racing Champion for the sixth time. Steffi Halm, in her second season as team leader of the Schwabentruck team, achieved a total of 11 podium placements and improved on last year’s 6th place by finishing in 4th position in the overall Drivers’ ranking.
“We are very proud of the outstanding results achieved by the Die Bullen von IVECO Team on our Stralis trucks, which have once again proven their capacity to compete at the highest levels, reliably and consistently delivering winning performances. It was thanks to great team effort from the many technicians, engineers and mechanics who have worked alongside the drivers, which has been rewarded with another title in the European Truck Race Championship,” commented Gerrit Marx, president Commercial and Specialty Vehicles. “Well done to all!”
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