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Test Programme for Dakar Rally Toyota Hilux Progressing Well

Test Programme for Dakar Rally Toyota Hilux Progressing Well

With four weeks left before the two Toyota Hilux Dakar Rally challengers got loaded for delivery in South America, the vehicles are still undergoing intensive testing. The testing programme will also see the two vehicles participating in the final round of the domestic off road championship, the Gold 400 in Gauteng on Friday and Saturday.

This past week the evolution version of the Dakar Toyota Hilux has been put through its paces at the hands of both Giniel de Villiers and Duncan De Vos. All this testing has been performed in sand dunes and dirt tracks on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

De Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, the 2009 Dakar Rally winners and third this year in an Imperial Toyota Hilux, will crew the 2013 evo Hilux.  Vos and Rob Howie will compete in the 2012 version in which they finished 10th in this year’s Dakar Rally. The Toyota Hilux has undergone continuous development during the domestic off-road championship season and has acquired a lot of the new specification of the evolution vehicle.  Both are now powered by a 5-litre version of Toyota’s production all-aluminium V8 engine fitted with a 36 mm air restrictor to meet Dakar regulations.

“It’s been a really big week for us,” said Toyota Motorsport director and team principal Glyn Hall.  “After a massive achievement by the team in the workshop to get the new racing Hilux built and ready for testing in a very short space of time, we have successfully run it virtually from dawn to dusk every day this past week, in both sandy and rough conditions.

“So far we’ve had zero faults and that’s meant we’ve been able to concentrate on the vehicle’s performance, which we’ve improved considerably.  This has been great news for the team and has boosted our confidence for the great challenges ahead.  The designers, fabricators and assemblers have done a brilliant job under the most trying of circumstances.  Little sleep, lots of dedication and massive self-belief.  I’m very proud of them all.”

We wish the guys all the best in their preparations. It would be great to see a South African Team win the Dakar Rally once again.

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