In KAMAZ-master’s long-term practice of participation in rally-raids there were cases when the race organizers were late in informing the race participants about changes in road surface. In Dakar 2005 with a total route of 600 km the crew ran out of fuel within just 50 km of finish line. Original fuel calculations were made for hard route surface, but the organizers changed the route and selected soft shifting sand due to the heat. As a result the team was only 18th to finish.
After the fault in Dakar’2005 KAMAZ-master engineers thoroughly investigated the issue of equipment selection so that it complies with all the requirements for reading accuracy and uninterrupted operations. For several years the team has tested solutions offered by various foreign and domestic manufacturers but each time shortfalls were identified what did not allow to control fuel parameters on required scale. With other manufacturers there were many issues when due to shaking and weather conditions equipment was providing wrong inaccurate results and even totally broke. The team was forced to always have a measuring dipstick to meter the amount of fuel in the tank.
With many unsuccessful tests conducted in row, the technical team drew its attention to Omnicomm equipment. It was challenged by KAMAZ-master really thoroughly following three consequent stages of test installations. The first test installation took place in the tough road rally “Kagan Gold” in the Astrakhan region when Omnicomm equipment was first set to just one technical support vehicle. The second test installation was held within the famous race “Dakar” when KAMAZ-master decided to equip one more car with the same previously successful equipment.
Strong shaking of fuel in the tank and extreme road conditions did not affect the readings accuracy in any way making it possible for the crew to monitor the exact amount of fuel in the tank. The race turned out to be victorious for the team.