Toyota Gazoo Racing is fielding an all-new Hilux within the 2022 Dakar rally. Surprisingly, it has inherited the all-new, tenth-generation Toyota Land Cruiser’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine together with a couple of extra customized mods. Toyota’s newest Dakar rally machine is debuting on the Saudi Arabian desert beginning on January 2, 2022.
Regardless of having a lighter V6 engine (final 12 months’s Dakar Hilux GR had a mid-mounted 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine), the Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ (sure, that’s what it’s known as) is barely heavier at 4,409 kilos (2,000 kilograms) to evolve with the most recent FIA laws. And sure, the V6 engine stays mounted within the rear to ship near-perfect weight distribution.
As well as, Toyota claims the V6 will pump out extra energy in race trim, though the precise numbers stay unknown at the moment. For comparability’s sake, the 2022 Land Cruiser’s V6 engine is sweet for 409 horsepower and – extra importantly – 479 pound-feet of torque from as little as 2,000 rpm.
In different markets, the most recent Land Cruiser additionally comes with a twin-turbo diesel V6 producing 304 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, however the gasoline model can punch more durable at increased engine speeds. We reckon the GR Hilux T1+ may have upwards of 450 horsepower at its disposal, give or take.
Different modifications embrace extra suspension journey, now elevated to 13.8-inches (350 mm) from the earlier mannequin’s 11.0-inches (280 mm). It additionally has larger 37-inch off-road tires (up from 32-inches) that are actually 12.6-inches (320 mm) broad. In fact, the truck is resplendent in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s purple, white, and black livery.
Toyota Gazoo Racing is consistently growing its latest Dakar Hilux T1+ in preparation for the 2022 rally season. “Our new GR DKR Hilux T1+ is progressing nicely, and we’re assured that the brand new automotive will permit us to compete on a brand new degree this January,” stated Glyn Corridor, Group Principal Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Toyota GR is coming into a four-crew group on the incoming Dakar rally spearheaded by veteran desert racers Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. The 2022 Dakar rally will observe a clockwise route within the Saudi Arabian Desert, starting within the northern metropolis of Ha’il on January 2 and ending on January 14 in Jeddah.