Toyota recently set a new 72-hour endurance record by making eight Hiluxes cover a distance of more than twice around the world in three days at Gerotek.

Toyota recently set a new 72-hour endurance record by making eight Hiluxes cover a distance of more than twice around the world in three days at Gerotek.


It was the first endurance record test by commercial vehicles in South Africa, and possibly in the world as there are no Guinness records for such a run, Toyota SA claimed.


The 72-hour Hilux run was also the first South African endurance record challenge in 14 years. There were six record runs between 1983 and 1989 – two each by Toyota and Opel and one each by Volkswagen and BMW. The first two attempts were made at road racing circuits – Goldfields Raceway, in Welkom, and the Grand Prix circuit at East London – while the last four record runs were all at the 3-km banked Gerotek oval track.

“The Toyota Hilux has been the top-selling one-ton bakkie in South Africa for 29 of the 33 years it has been on the local market with, sales exceeding 620 000 units since 1969. We believe by establishing the first endurance records for this type of vehicle we have once again set a new industry benchmark for Hilux, as Toyota South Africa heads for its 24th consecutive year as market leader,” said Toyota SA president Johan van Zyl.

Toyota used eight Hiluxes for the run, held in temperatures searing above 36 degrees Celsius at times. Two examples each of four different models - 2000 and 2700i petrol and 2400D and 3,0 KZ-TE turbo diesel, were used. This meant both petrol and diesel engines were represented, as well as two body types – single- and double-cab.

The record setting formed the centrepiece for one of the largest promotional events in the 42-year history of the company with another highlight being the preview of the new RAV4 range to dealers, fleetowners and members the media.

Several dealers and co-sponsors of the event had the opportunity to test drive 44 vehicles in the Toyota range at five different Gerotek venues, from the skidpad and dynamic handling track to the many 4x4 facilities.

“This spread of models means that our achievements with this 72-hour Hilux endurance run are of interest to virtually all the thousands of bakkie customers in South Africa, from furniture dealers to farmers, construction site managers, courier companies and the growing number of people who use bakkies for recreational activities,” said Van Zyl.

RECORDS

Time and distance endurance records established by the Toyota Hiluxes at Gerotek:

Outright commercial vehicle records:

Toyota Hilux 2700i

Time (hours) Distance

Average

speed

1

3

6

12

24

48

72

162,4254 km

477,5162 km

957,2270 km

1 912,8157 km

3 818,8390 km

7 659,6041 km

11 520,6635 km

162,425 km/h

160,113 km/h

157,596 km/h

159,610 km/h

159,232 km/h

159,610 km/h

160,009 km/h

 

Distance

covered (km)

Time (h:m:s)

Average

speed

50

100

200

500

1 000

5 000

10 000

18:02.7

36:38.5

14:01.7

03:08:29,388

06:15:49,102

12:32:16,322

62:31:43,475

161,860 km/h

164,255 km/h

162,599 km/h

158,688 km/h

159,659 km/h

159,525 km/h

160.009 km/h

Speeds subject to correcting factor.

Outright diesel records (all vehicles):

Toyota Hilux 3,0 KZ-TE turbo diesel

Time (hours)

Distance

(km)

Average

speed (km/h)

1

3

6

12

24

48

72

154,2778 km

458,8010 km

923,0774 km

1 855,1782 km

3 699,2919 km

7 363,1739 km

11024,8377 km

154,278 km/h

153,064 km/h

152,057 km/h

154,826 km/h

154,197 km/h

153,442 km/h

153,123 km/h

 

Distance

(km):

Time (h:m:s)

Average

speed (km/h)

50

100

200

500

1 000

2 000

5 000

10 000

00:18:48,309

00:38:32,270

01:18:07,175

03:18:07,253

06:29:37,534

12:55:33,660

32:33:42,145

65:12:52:255

155,316 km/h

156,171 km/h

154,084 km/h

150,974 km/h

154,002 km/h

154,734 km/h

153,562 km/h

153,123 km/h

Category A (two-wheel drive, normally aspirated engines)

Group I (petrol engines). Class 4 (over 1 600 - 2 000cc).

Toyota Hilux 2000:

Time (hours)

Distance

(km)

Average

speed (km/h)

1

3

6

12

24

48

72

151,0613 km

446,2939 km

895,0560 km

1 804,4019 km

3 600,7928 km

7 202,9599 km

10 803,5047 km

151,061 km/h

149,036 km/h

148,029 km/h

150,295 km/h

149,917 km/h

150,043 km/h

150,049 km/h

 

Distance

(km)

Time (h:m:s)

Average

speed (km/h)

50

100

200

500

1 000

2 000

5 000

10 000

00:19:28,717

00:39:46,775

01:20:12,726

03:24:52,227

06:46:04,045

13:20:46,124

33:19:09,717

66:35:51:269

149,946 km/h

151,296 km/h

150,064 km/h

146,000 km/h

147,766 km/h

149,863 km/h

150,070 km/h

150,049 km/h

Category A (two-wheel drive, normally aspirated engines)

Group I (petrol engines). Class 6 (over 2 500 - 3 000cc):

Toyota Hilux 2700i

Time (hours):

Distance

Average

speed

1

3

6

12

24

48

72

162,4254 km

477,5162 km

957,2270 km

1 912,8157 km

3 818,8390 km

7 659,6041 km

11 520,6635 km

162,425 km/h

160,113 km/h

157,596 km/h

159,610 km/h

159,232 km/h

159,610 km/h

160,009 km/h

 

Distance

covered (km):

Time (h:m:s)

Average

speed

50

100

200

500

1 000

5 000

10 000

18:02.7

36:38.5

14:01.7

03:08:29,388

06:15:49,102

12:32:16,322

62:31:43,475

161,860 km/h

164,255 km/h

162,599 km/h

158,688 km/h

159,659 km/h

159,525 km/h

160.009 km/h

Speeds subject to correcting factor.

Category A (two-wheel drive, normally aspirated engines)

Group II (diesel engines). Class 5 (over 2 000 - 2 500cc):

Toyota Hilux 2400D:

Time (hours)

Distance

(km)

Average

speed (km/h)

1

3

6

12

24

48

72

141,4338 km

419,0949 km

838,0224 km

1 667,2673 km

3 331,2217 km

6 639,4751 km

9 988,7137 km

141,987 km/h

139,973 km/h

137,959 km/h

138,966 km/h

138,840 km/h

138,337 km/h

138,732 km/h

 

Distance

(km)

Time (h:m:s)

Average

speed (km/h)

50

100

200

500

1 000

2 000

5 000

00:20:43,782

00:42:10,908

01:25:13,613

03:35:12,655

07:07:18,776

14:25:22,400

36:08:03,988

140,896 km/h

142,679 km/h

141,234 km/h

138,985 km/h

139,858 km/h

138,675 km/h

138,379 km/h

Category C (two-wheel drive, forced induction).

Group II (diesel engines). Class 6 (over 2 500 - 3 000cc):

Time (hours)

Distance

(km)

Average

speed (km/h)

1

3

6

12

24

48

72

1,542,778

4,588,010

9,230,774

1 855,1782

3 699,2919

7 363,1739

11 024,8377

154,071 km/h

153,064 km/h

152,057 km/h

154,826 km/h

154,197 km/h

153,442 km/h

153,123 km/h

 

Distance

(km)

Time (h:m:s)

Average

speed (km/h)

50

100

200

500

1 000

2 000

5 000

10 000

00:18,48,309

00:38:32,270

01:18:07,175

03:18:07,253

06:29:37,534

12:55:33,660

32:33:42,145

65:12:52.255

155,316 km/h

156,171 km/h

154,084 km/h

150,974 km/h

154,002 km/h

154,734 km/h

153,562 km/h

153,348 km/h

Preliminary figures subject to final audit.