in two by the equator, Congo and its weather are distinguished by high
temperatures and abundant daily rainfall. These atmospheric conditions
favour the growth of dense and luxuriant vegetation, the jungle, which
grows in some areas of the rainforest.
The orange convoy travelled through extremely difficult and unviable
conditions which allowed the Iveco “Overland” vehicles to perfectly
demonstrate their incredible performance.
The two legendary “Big mugs” (Power Stars), model code 330.30 ANW
6x6, built as a canteen and a dormitory, have formed part of the convoy
since 1995. These gigantic, 20 tonne, air cooled 300hp engine trucks are
the backbone of the entire expedition.
The new Trakker AD380T45W, 6x6 with its 16 gear servoshift box,
performed the role of workshop for the convoy. The vehicle’s 450hp
engine has been “tropicalized” to be able to face high temperatures and
all the rigorous efforts required to travel over the African terrain:
kindly named the “ship of the desert”, this new Trakker owes this
specific configuration to Iveco’s experience established and matured on
the extreme off-road competition conditions.
The modern Daily 55S18WD 4x4 5.5 tons is the real new innovation in
the “Overland” caravan. This van hosted medics and equipment from the
University of Parma and it was “jealously” driven by Beppe Simonato of
The light range included in the expedition was composed of two Massif
25S15SW 4x4 “Gran Raid”: as per their name, they are extremely agile
and robustly strong at the same time. These carried the expedition
leader, Overland network team and TV operators.
And thanks to these extraordinary IVECO vehicles the expedition
continued on towards the Angolan Republic, on schedule, despite the
difficult climate and itinerary.