The countdown to the rally Dakar 2022 started for him Toyota GAZOO Racing, which made official its plans for the next edition of this adventure that will take place from January 2 to 14 in Saudi Arabia. The Japanese team will face the test with four drivers: the Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah and the south africans Giniel de Villiers, Henk Lategan y Shameer Variawa.
The team will also present a Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1 + completely new that complies with the updated regulations for the T1 category. The prototype, which has already accumulated thousands of test kilometers, will be officially presented in a few weeks.
The new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1 + shares components with the Hilux race-tested that was first introduced in 2018 and won the race in 2019, but will feature a number of upgrades including a larger undercarriage: 37-inch tires, instead of 32-inch; along with a tread increase from 245mm to 320mm. The new car also has more suspension travel with the previous 280mm limit now increased to 350mm.
Under the hood features a 6-liter V3.5 biturbo petrol engine from the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300. Produces 305 kW of power at 5.200 rpm and 650 Nm of torque from 2.000 rpm. However, in the career setting, those numbers are significantly higher.
“We are very happy to announce a team that is very similar to last year with Nasser and Giniel leading our attack. Our new GR DKR Hilux T1 + is progressing well and we are confident that it will allow us to compete at a high level. ", Held Glyn Hall, team manager.
Al-Attiyah, meanwhile, was optimistic about the development of the new vehicle: “I am very happy to be back with the Toyota GAZOO Racing team for Dakar 2022. We won the race together in 2019 and now we have a new goal. I'm excited about our prospects, especially with the new GR DKR Hilux T1 +, which is definitely faster and more capable than the previous car. "said the multiple winner of the test.
While De Villiers highlighted: “The Dakar is one of the toughest races on the planet, but it fits perfectly with our new Hilux. The new wheels, suspension travel and especially the switch to the Land Cruiser's turbo petrol engine are sure to make a big difference in our campaign. The engine responds very well and allows us to push the new car to the limit. Saudi Arabia has proven to be a worthy host of the race and we hope that this will be the case again in 2022 ”.