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Toyota HiLux with LandCruiser petrol V6 hits Dakar

The latest Toyota Gazoo Racing HiLux T1+ is ready for another Dakar Rally, using the twin-turbo V6 petrol versions of the LandCruiser 300 and Lexus LX.

How do the 266kW and 620Nm output power, using Motech management, combined with a six-speed sequential transmission, with front and rear slip limit differentials, fit a racer in the sand?

Underneath the recognizable HiLux-shaped composite body of this desert racing car is a tubular frame, with a total vehicle weight of 2000kg.

There’s double wishbone suspension (350 mm travel) front and rear, along with 17-inch wheels shod with 37-inch BF Goodrich tyres.

The 11-kilometer opening sequence for the desert race organized by Saudi Arabia, used to determine the starting order for the first leg, took place on the afternoon of December 31, before the race started on December 31. New Year’s Day. Fourteen competitive stages will follow.

Dakar 2023 is scheduled to end on January 15 in Dammam city. This will be Dakar’s first visit to the city and also the first time the race spans the entire Saudi Arabian landscape from coast to coast.

While that’s exciting in itself, it’s also interesting to see Toyota enduro testing a version of this V6 in a car roughly the size of the HiLux, with a new generation model coming soon. eye.

Recently we saw Ford conquer the Baja 1000 . rally in an out-of-stock Ranger Raptor with its own refueling V6 petrol engine, and it’s impossible not to wonder if Toyota might be eyeing a competitor’s product in the future…

Toyota is also running a LandCruiser V6 diesel engine that is almost in stock (unlike the HiLux) at Dakar, details this.

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