Toyota Gazoo Racing will field an all-new Hilux in the 2022 Dakar Rally. Surprisingly, it inherited the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from the tenth generation Toyota Land Cruiser along with a few other custom mods. Toyota’s latest Dakar rally machine debuts in the Saudi Arabian desert from January 2, 2022.
Although it has a lighter V6 engine (last year’s Dakar Hilux GR had a center-mounted 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine), the Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1 + (yes, that’s how it is). it’s called) is slightly heavier at 4,409 pounds (2,000 kilograms) to comply with the latest FIA regulations. And yes, the V6 engine remains mounted at the rear to provide almost perfect weight distribution.
Additionally, Toyota says the V6 will deliver more power in the race version, although the actual numbers remain unknown at this time. For comparison, the 2022 Land Cruiser V6 engine produces 409 horsepower and, more importantly, 479 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 rpm.
In other markets, the latest Land Cruiser also comes equipped with a twin-turbo diesel V6 generating 304 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, but the gasoline version can hit harder at higher engine speeds. We estimate that the GR Hilux T1 + will have over 450 horsepower at its disposal, more or less.
Other changes include a longer suspension travel, now increased to 13.8 inches (350 mm) from the 11.0 inches (280 mm) of the previous model. It also comes with larger 37-inch (down from 32-inch) off-road tires which are now 12.6 inches (320mm) wide. Of course, the truck shines in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s red, white and black livery.
Toyota Gazoo Racing is constantly developing its new Dakar Hilux T1 + for the 2022 rally season. “Our new GR DKR Hilux T1 + is progressing well, and we are confident that the new car will allow us to compete at a new level in January,” a said Glyn Hall, Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Principal.
Toyota GR is entering a team of four crews in the upcoming Dakar rally led by desert race veterans Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. The Dakar Rally 2022 will follow a clockwise route through the desert of Saudi Arabia, starting in the northern city of Ha’il on January 2 and ending on January 14 in Jeddah.