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2022 Dakar Rally

Toyota gears up for the 2022 Dakar Rally

2022 Dakar Rally

Toyota gears up for the 2022 Dakar Rally

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team finished second in the 2021 version of the Dakar Rally, and are hoping to go one better in 2022 with a four-crew team and an all-new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+.

2022 will see the Dakar Rally return to Saudi Arabia, where it will kick off on 2 January, and while the final route has yet to be announced, it will probably feature similar terrain to the 2020 and 2021 races. What has been revealed so far is that the race will run in a clockwise direction this time, beginning in the northern city of Ha’il before traversing southward to the Empty Quarter. The rest day will be in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on January 8th, before the race heads south-westward to the finish in the city of Jeddah on January 14th.

As with 2021, the works team will be spear-headed by Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel, and they will be joined by all-South African team Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dennis Murphy, while Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings will return for their second Dakar. The final driver is Shameer Variawa, who will now be partnered with navigator Danie Stassen, also from South Africa.

The new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ is based on the previous race vehicle that won the race in 2019, but has been significantly improved. Bigger running gear has been fitted, for example, including 37-inch tyres, up from 32 inches, that have a tread of 320mm, up from 245mm. Suspension travel has also been increased, fairly dramatically, from 280mm to 350mm.

The recently launched Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is fitted with a 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine, and this has been adopted by the GR team for the new Hilux. Fitted with twin turbochargers, as used in the GR-S LC 300, the engine produces power of 305kW and torque of 650Nm, but this will be substantially higher in the race vehicle.

Glyn Hall, Team Principal, had this to say of the team's chances: “We are very pleased to announce a team that is very similar to last year. With Nasser and Giniel heading up our attack, and Henk gaining confidence, we are excited to take on the 2022 edition of the Dakar Rally. Our new GR DKR Hilux T1+ is progressing well, and we are confident that the new car will allow us to compete on a new level, come January.”

 

 

Toyota gears up for the 2022 Dakar Rally

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team finished second in the 2021 version of the Dakar Rally, and are hoping to go one better in 2022 with a four-crew team and an all-new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+.

2022 will see the Dakar Rally return to Saudi Arabia, where it will kick off on 2 January, and while the final route has yet to be announced, it will probably feature similar terrain to the 2020 and 2021 races. What has been revealed so far is that the race will run in a clockwise direction this time, beginning in the northern city of Ha’il before traversing southward to the Empty Quarter. The rest day will be in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on January 8th, before the race heads south-westward to the finish in the city of Jeddah on January 14th.

As with 2021, the works team will be spear-headed by Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel, and they will be joined by all-South African team Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dennis Murphy, while Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings will return for their second Dakar. The final driver is Shameer Variawa, who will now be partnered with navigator Danie Stassen, also from South Africa.

The new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ is based on the previous race vehicle that won the race in 2019, but has been significantly improved. Bigger running gear has been fitted, for example, including 37-inch tyres, up from 32 inches, that have a tread of 320mm, up from 245mm. Suspension travel has also been increased, fairly dramatically, from 280mm to 350mm.

The recently launched Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is fitted with a 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine, and this has been adopted by the GR team for the new Hilux. Fitted with twin turbochargers, as used in the GR-S LC 300, the engine produces power of 305kW and torque of 650Nm, but this will be substantially higher in the race vehicle.

Glyn Hall, Team Principal, had this to say of the team's chances: “We are very pleased to announce a team that is very similar to last year. With Nasser and Giniel heading up our attack, and Henk gaining confidence, we are excited to take on the 2022 edition of the Dakar Rally. Our new GR DKR Hilux T1+ is progressing well, and we are confident that the new car will allow us to compete on a new level, come January.”