South African Dakar Rally legend, Giniel de Villiers, has introduced Toyota Hilux Dakar custom package for the double-cab variant. De Villiers, who has been closely associated with the Toyota brand over the last decade, worked in collaboration with 4×4 Mega World to help him tailor the kit.
“The idea with the GDV Racing Toyota Hilux is to offer enthusiasts the opportunity to live their passion,” says De Villiers. “To my eyes, the bakkie is clearly non-standard, but it doesn’t feature any custom bodywork. This gives the car a stylish yet rugged appearance, and together with the changes under the skin, will set this vehicle apart from the regular Toyota Hilux.”
Three tiers of development for the Toyota Hilux Dakar custom package are available to customers, starting with a decal-only kit at approximately R7 600. The next tier includes decals, a stainless nudge bar, stainless roll bar, ARB Intensity lights and Takla seat covers, with the GDV Racing logo embroidered.
“The top tier is where the components really shine,” says Kurt Brunner, head of Business Development at 4×4 Mega World. “In addition to the items already listed, the top tier also gains 17-inch Dirty Life alloy wheels shod with 265/70R17 S/T Cooper Max tyres, as well as an adjustable Old Man Emu BP51 suspension system.”
The latter not only lifts the Toyota Hilux Dakar custom package by 50 mm, but also claims to improves the ride quality of the bakkie significantly. Furthermore, the dampers are ideally suited to off-road driving conditions, and promises exceptional performance in sandy terrain such as dunes.
All the equipment employed in the Toyota Hilux Dakar custom package is said to be of the highest quality. Established brands such as ARB, Takla, Cooper and Old Man Emu ensure that the GDV Racing Hilux exudes a feeling of quality and excellent workmanship.
“The GDV Racing kits can be fitted to either new double cab bakkies or to cars that have been on the road for some time,” continues Brunner. “We are treating this as a limited edition, however, so prospective buyers should make contact with us sooner rather than later.”
Each bakkie features bespoke decals, as well as several Giniel de Villiers autographs stylishly applied both inside and outside the vehicle.
Buyers will also receive a GDV Racing cap, signed by De Villiers; as well as a pair of GDV Racing branded Oakley sunglasses. The kits are available through selected branches of 4×4 Mega World, and prospective buyers can make direct contact with any of the 19 branches in southern Africa.