Hino. Photo by Chris Pavlich/The Photo Pitch

Hino has announced it will  use the upcoming Townsville 500 Supercars event to launch its new Hino Sports Deck .

The new Sportsdeck is a  double-story, converted 40 foot shipping container and will be hauled by an new Hino 700 Series SH1845,  and the truck maker says it will provide some of the best viewing opportunities at selected rounds of the Repco Supercars Championship.

“The Sports Deck takes our major sponsorship of Supercars to another level allowing us to further engage with race fans and customers after a couple of challenging years, which has limited our presence trackside,” said Richard Emery, vice president of brand and franchise development for Hino Australia.

“We launched the original Sports Deck in 2016 and have re-engineered the new version to better suit our requirements with improved and additional vantage points to watch the race and a more efficient design, enabling an easier set-up and pack down for each event.”

The facility also boasts two 75 inch screens, allowing sports enthusiasts to watch other sporting codes, while still being a part of the trackside action. It also has its own 7KVA generator with a 200 litre fuel tank, which will allow the Sports Deck to run without external power, which is significant for longer events such as the Repco Bathurst 1000 on in October. The  Sports Deck fit-out was again undertaken by Ellis Management.

“Visitors to the Sports Deck will have the chance to win money can’t buy experiences on track such as safety car rides and grid walks, along with Hino merchandise giveaways,” said Emery.

The Hino 700 Series SH1845 it will be hauled by features a E13C-BL engine with peak power of 450hp and 2157Nm of torque, matched to a  ZF TraXon TX 2441TO 16-speed Automated Manual Transmission .

The Hino 700 Series boasts an enhanced Hino SmartSafe package featuring Driver Monitor and meets Euro 6 exhaust emissions while Hino-Connect telematics technology is standard.

“The SH1845 is safer, cleaner and connected, and has been well-received by our customers since launch in August 2021.

“Customers also have the opportunity to interact with a static display of our range of award-winning trucks trackside,” said Richard Emery.

Hino is encouraging race fans  to visit the Sports Deck during selected rounds of the Repco Supercars Championship including the Sandown SuperSprint (19-21 August), the Repco Bathurst 1000 (6-9 October) and the Gold Coast 500 (28-30 October).