The Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux DKR T1+ will be used to compete in next year’s gruelling Dakar rally. Revealed two months ago with limited information, the division has now detailed key technical specifications for the off-road racer.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux DKR T1+ will be powered by the manufacturer’s new twin-turbopetrol 3,5-litre V6 unit which will deliver 298 kW and 660 N.m of torque to the 4×4 system via a Sadev six-speed Sequential Shift gearbox supported by a front, centre and rear limited slip differential and a ceramic 215 mm twin-plate clutch. Fuel is fed through to the powertrain via a 540-litre FT# safety cell tank.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux DKR T1+ is built around a tubular frame construction and sits on a front and rear double wishbone suspension with 350 mm of travel. Its connection to the surface is via a set of 17-inch Method Race wheels fixed to 37-inch BF Goodrich tyres.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux DKR T1+ measures 4 810 mm long, 2 300 mm wide and 1 890 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3 140 mm. Overall dry mass, as per FIA regulations, weighs in at 2 000 kg.
The development of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux DKR T1+ will continue this weekend, as both Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers will be taking part in the final round of the 2021 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS).
The race will take place in the area around the Freestate town of Parys and will see crews cover 400 km of varied terrain types, though neither Al-Attiyah nor de Villiers will be eligible to score points, as the T1+ category is not currently supported by the SACCS. Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings are the defending SACCS champions, and as such will be competing in the previous specification Toyota Hilux, in order to score points towards the championship.
The team will conduct a final test in South Africa before preparing the cars for shipping to Saudi Arabia early in December. The final route for the Dakar 2022 is yet to be announced, but it is expected that the terrain will be similar to that encountered in 2020 and 2021.