Rest Day – Introduction to the Haval race car

An overview of the Great Wall Dakar 2014 race car.


In 2014 Dakar Rally Race, the Haval racecar applies the exterior elements from Haval H8, looking apparently bigger and more stylish with the impact-loaded front face, and can be anyway counted as a successful facelift.

The Haval racecar is equipped with the main water-tank radiator and relevant system. Apparently there are two spare tires, four mud flaps, as well as two side black bags filled with helmets and HANS (Head and Neck Support device) for the driver and pilot.

The pair of sand shovels are fixed on the ceiling of the rear compartment. They might be not easily noticed but can be the most effective and handy tools for drivers and pilots when the racecar is stuck in the sand.

The yellow high pressure gas cylinder is filled with compressed nitrogen as high as 200 Bar. It is known that the drivers and pilots will lower the air pressure during the desert course, i.e., deflating the tires, whereas the tires need be air inflated when out of the desert course. During the course, the drivers and pilots can inflate the tires with the equipped high-pressure nitrogen cylinder.

The driver cabin looks almost as complicated and delicate as an airplane’s cockpit. All the switches and control panels have been specially-handled for dust and water proof. The color LED display in the centre of the instrument panel shows all the info from the sensors of the car, including the temperatures of different liquids, the working status, and circuit condition, assisting the driver and pilot to make judgment to the racecar.

The roof of the Haval racecar plays an important role. The inlets of air intake of the engine, air-conditioning and radiator system are all integrated in the roof. The fresh air flows into the air filter through the higher air inlet on the right A pillar, and then via the throttle and manifold into the cylinder.

To enhance the overall handling of the racecar, the Haval racecar is equipped with a turbo-charged diesel engine in the lower position near the driver’s cabin, outputting and nearly 300 horse power and 700N·m torque. This kind of powerful engine output makes Haval racecar run easily on the the tough terrain.

Four oil cups are lined on the left side of the engine bay near the windshield, and they are differential oil cup, front brake oil cup, rear brake oil cup and clutch oil cup from left to right.

The 2014 Haval racecar applies a fully upgraded shock absorber of the suspension, from the original Holland Reiger absorber to the current French BOS. The team manager Phillip and drivers commented that the upgraded absorber suits better for the Haval racecar, greatly improving the overall handling.

The rear braking system of the Haval racecar has a special design. Apart from the standard air-cooling pipe pointing to the brake disc, the rear brake calipers are incorporated with a set of liquid-cycling cooling system, and the radiator is positioned in the rear compartment with proactive cooling fan.