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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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Supreme Springs at the Dakar Rally

Supreme Springs at the Dakar Rally


Toyota South Africa made history this year by achieving 3rd place at the 2012 Dakar rally. The Dakar Rally is regarded as the toughest rally in the world. The Rally started off in the Argentine coastal resort city of Mar del Plata on January the 1st and finished in Lima, the capital city of Peru, on January the 15th after passing through Chile.

The Dakar rally was contested by 465 cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads which competed over 14 special stages totaling 4 200km and a total distance close to 9 000 km.

Through the Toyota ‘buy local’ marketing campaign, Supreme Spring, amongst others, had the opportunity to design and build key components for the suspension and drive train, specifically made for the Imperial Toyota Team vehicle. The Supreme Team consisted of Colin Ellison, Technical Director at Supreme Spring, (also an avid racing driver himself) and his Engineering team.

Supreme Spring was extremely excited to be part of and to have been able to contribute to the proudly South African composition of the Dakar Team. The Product Development team at Supreme Spring worked rigorously to meet the tight deadlines set and the unique and extremely difficult performance requirements that were to be expected of the components in the race. Supreme Spring would like to thank the staff on the Torsion Bar, Cold Coil and CNC Machining lines as well as our heat treatment expert and the ATE team for their contribution. Supreme Spring is proud to have been considered Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partner and greatly acknowledges the opportunity Toyota Motorsport afforded us to be part of their Proudly South Team in the quest for victory with a podium finish.

R. Amlima

Sales & Marketing

Supreme Spring (A division of Metair Investments Limited)


Source: 3D-Car-Shows, Toyota Motor Sport

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