"Sometimes miracles happen, but you need the right materials for that," stated Ondřej Klymčiw upon reaching the Dakar finish line, evaluating Nanotech's assistance in completing the journey with the Škoda 130 LR practically without oil.
This year's 46th edition of the Dakar Rally took place for the fifth time in Saudi Arabia. According to all participants, the organizers from Amaury Sport Organisation (ACO) prepared the most demanding competition ever held on the Arabian Peninsula. The difficulty far surpassed previous editions in Latin America. The race was particularly challenging for participants, including a two-day stage with limited service time without the possibility of team assistance.
The historic achievements of participants from the Czech Republic stand out even more. Behind these successes lies the excellent work of Czech technicians in their teams and their partners in Czech companies. A tough test covering 7,900 km in extreme conditions, including 4,600 km measured sections in dunes and rocky terrains, saw the use of unique lubricants protecting sliding surfaces on a molecular level, developed in the Czech Republic by Nanotech-Europe. Nanotech lubricants demonstrate excellent efficiency, significantly reducing wear, thereby decreasing fuel consumption and simultaneously increasing performance with a significant extension of the lifespan of key components.
Regular participant Buggyra Racing team from Roudnice tested the advantages of Nanotech products in the past. Once again, Nanotech-Europe, as the only service team dealing with tribotechnologies and the protection of extremely stressed parts, provided its services directly at the competition venue. They continued their partnership for the fourth year with Buggyra ZM Racing and Ondřej Klymčiw's team. This time, they collaborated directly in Saudi Arabia with other racing teams, including MGR Ervin Krajčovič, Libor Podmol, and Valtr Racing Team.
"After returning from Dakar, I must state that our persistent work brought deserved results. We left with an agreement to collaborate with three teams and returned with collaboration for five racing organizations. We gained a lot of tangible data and insights. According to our partners' statements, we genuinely helped them, in some cases quite significantly," stated Nanotech Technical Director Milan Štelcl, for whom Dakar has become a heartfelt matter. He continued, "We had the most work with Buggyra. We used Nanotech in the engine, and we also worked on chassis parts of the new Reva T1+, where, among other things, we prepared parts for subsequent races after Dakar. We monitored the quality of oils daily for all Tatra trucks, including the new EVO3, and made changes in Nanotech applications when necessary."
"It is an honor for us that all the machines using Nanotech and our services reached the finish line."
Co-driver in the Iveco truck of Michal Valtra, Jaroslav Miškoci, described his experience with Nanotech: "Our experience with Nanotech was amazing. For three days, we struggled with a significant play in the bearings. From the gearbox in the right front hub, where the oil volume is 0.8 liters, oil leaked through the seal on one side during 400 km. So we asked Nanotech for help. We added Nanotech mixed with our oil to the gearbox, but after another 250 km to the bivouac, part of the oil was missing again. Thanks to Nanotech, we were able to lubricate the entire gearbox assembly with only 0.2 liters of oil, and when we measured temperatures on both hubs, temperatures on both hubs were practically the same. Even in the hub from which oil did not leak, it was slightly higher, so we thank you very much because there is no noticeable wear on the gear teeth, and we continue driving."
In the Classic category with the Škoda 130 LR, Ondřej Klymčiw fought for victory during his tenth Dakar, but his participation also helped raise money for the Centrum Paraple. "In addition to quality oil, we use Nanotech additive in both the engine and the gearbox. In the marathon stage, we had a big problem with faulty piston rings on the second cylinder, so the engine consumed 15 liters of oil over 200 km. After the first part of the stage, I was driving without oil pressure, so I think the engine survived only thanks to Nanotech and brought us not only to the end of the first day of the marathon stage but also the second day to its finish, despite the enormous oil consumption. Sometimes miracles happen, and sometimes you need to believe, but also have the right materials available.
Overall, we succeeded this year. After eight days, we were the first. Competitors reacted to the performance of the Škoda with protests and petitions for our exclusion, which, of course, saddened us because we did not engage in any unsportsmanlike behavior. Then one cable broke to the fuel pump, and it took us two days to find it because there was no time for testing - testing could only be done on the racetrack, where everything worked for 300 kilometers and then not for 5 kilometers again. The tenth Dakar didn't go well for me, but overall, I'm satisfied because a lot of money was raised for the Centrum Paraple, for which I thank everyone very much because that is the most important thing."
Libor Podmol won the title of the freestyle motocross world champion and was a regular participant in the X-Games. Since 2021, he became the first rider in this category to participate in the Rally Dakar, where he regularly returns. However, this year's edition was not easy for him, so the greatest reward for him was reaching the finish line despite all the problems. "I changed the oil every other day, and at every oil change, I added Nanotech. In the middle of the competition, I had a problem with the gearbox, so Nanotech helped me make it last as long as possible. Even though I lost the second gear, the engine managed to handle it thanks to Nanotech.
I'm glad to be going home in good health. I reached the finish line and received a courage award directly from the prince because I let myself be stitched up right on the track. Dakar was an experience – the first two days I was getting used to it, and on the third day, when I decided to start racing, I hit a rock and landed headfirst on it. I was shaken, and I thought that was the end for me. The guys called a helicopter, but I was conscious, so I let them stitch me up right among the rocks. They asked me if I wanted to continue, and I said yes, so they couldn't give me any painkillers. Then there were three days of riding with one eye because it swelled so much that I couldn't see with the other. Then I had another big fall the next day. In the second half of the competition, I started to see and thought it would be fine. We went into the dunes for a twenty-four-hour race, but the sensor on the radiator failed, and the bike started to overheat. So I had to stop in the dunes and dismantle the bike. I was looking for a hole in the radiator, but it wasn't there. In the end, I was riding 15 kilometers in the dunes in complete darkness to the bivouac, which was absolutely crazy. Except for one relatively calm day, I always had a lot of work on the bike and, because of that, a lack of sleep. So it was challenging, but I'm glad I made it to the finish, we managed."