Toyota Hilux Evo gets ready for the Dakar Rally
Only two days into 2017, the tough and demanding Dakar Rally will take off, with three huge new Toyota Hilux Evo race models prepared and run by both Toyota South Africa Motors and Toyota Gazoo Racing SA growling and ready to go.
Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Toyota SA Motors, said: ‘It’s an exciting time for us. We firmly believe in the Dakar Rally as a means to showcase our technological advances and the legendary toughness of the Toyota Hilux. The arrival of the new vehicle is the next step on this spectacular journey, and we welcome the Toyota Hilux Evo to our stable.’
The Hilux Evo, modified from Toyota’s record-breaking Hilux available to test drive at Lancaster Toyota, is a rally concept that has been specifically prepared for the Dakar Rally. Opting for a two-wheel drive rather than four-wheel allows for many benefits, such as lighter kerb weight, and the ability to mount the powertrain between the axles. A weight reduction of 615kg and larger wheels means the truck will offer an impressive performance.
Newly crowned FIA Cross Country World Cup champion Nasser Al-Attiyah and his navigator Matthieu Baumel will join the 2017 rally team to bring Toyota SA to victory, along with Giniel de Villiers and Leeroy Poulter. Further tests and refinements will follow, and the new Hilux Evo will be ready to race ahead of the competition in the New Year.