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KYOCERA Named Smartphone of Honda Racing Corp. for Dakar Rally 2017, Will Provide Ultra-Ruggedized Devices for Second Consecutive Year

Kyocera’s TORQUE G02 to be utilized in the grueling, off-road endurance race by “Monster Energy Honda Team” for communication and data collection

December 12, 2016
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced that it will provide its TORQUE® G02 ultra-ruggedized smartphone as the official smartphone for Honda Racing Corporation’s “Monster Energy Honda Team,” which will participate in the Dakar Rally 2017 motorbike category to be held in January 2017 in Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia. The Dakar Rally is a “rally raid” motor competition, in which cars and motorcycles run through severe off-road environments such as deserts, jungles and mountains.

Photo: TORQUE G02
Photo: TORQUE G02 Photo: TORQUE G02

“The TORQUE G02 smartphones provided by Kyocera have enhanced, robust specifications which allow use without any issues under the increasingly severe environments of the Dakar Rally, for example, running through the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia,” said Taichi Honda, leader of Honda Racing Corporation’s Dakar Rally 2017 project. “The toughness and reliability of Kyocera’s ultra-ruggedized mobile devices have made them indispensable in our racing activities and made Kyocera a key strategic partner for this race.”

Role of Kyocera’s TORQUE G02 in Dakar Rally 2017
The TORQUE G02 Android™ smartphone is certified to the United States Military Standard 810G (MIL-STD-810G) in 19 categories and is highly rated for its durable performance in severe environments. It will be utilized by the Monster Energy Honda Team for voice and data communications during the race, including vital telemetry data. For example, engine-performance data including speeds and cooling temperatures will be collected from sensors via Bluetooth® and sent to the team’s headquarters, where it will be used to manage machine maintenance and team strategies.

Kyocera TORQUE G02 & Other Ruggedized Devices
The TORQUE G02 is part of Kyocera’s growing global portfolio of ultra-rugged devices, which are available in Japan, North America and Latin America. It is the world’s first*2 mobile phone to offer resistance to seawater*3. Kyocera’s rugged devices are certified to Military Standard 810G for toughness and Ingress Protection (IP) for water- and dust-proofing. Built to thrive where other phones fail, Kyocera’s portfolio blends performance, durability and value, and includes ruggedized smartphones and feature phones built for enterprises and consumers who value reliability.

*1 Product exterior design (right image) was created by Honda Racing Corporation for Dakar Rally 2017 and is not available in the market.
*2 World’s first smartphone available in the market with resistance to seawater. Based on research by NEO MARKETING INC. (as of March 31, 2015).
*3 Resists immersion in seawater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1.5 meters at normal temperature and hydrostatic condition (artificial seawater modeled on composition off the Japan coast). Cannot be guaranteed for all types of seawater.

“TORQUE” is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. Google, Android, Google Play and other marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. Bluetooth® and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. for which Kyocera has been granted permission to use.

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