Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four-car team for 2022 Dakar Rally
Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four-car team for 2022 Dakar Rally

Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four-car team for 2022 Dakar Rally

September 22, 2021
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Toyota Gazoo Racing announced that it will be entering four cars in the 2022 Dakar rally which is set to take place in Saudi Arabia from the 2nd of January 2022 until the 14th of January 2022.

The four-car team is as follows

#1 Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel

The 50-year-old is one the most successful drivers in the rich history of the Dakar rally having won the event three times, being runner up four times, and reaching the final step of the podium once.

The runner-up in the 2021 Dakar rally will be back with a vengeance in his Toyota, as shown in 2021 with 5 stage wins, he is more than capable of reaching the top of the podium with his trusty French co-driver Mathieu Baumel.

#2 Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dennis Murphy

The South African duo will be hoping to add to their own previous success at the Dakar, Giniel who has 8 podiums at the Dakar believes that the new Toyota  GR DKR Hilux T1+ is perfectly suited for the tough challenge of the Dakar rally.

#3 Henk Lategan and navigator  Brett Cummings

After showing great promise in the early stages of the 2021 Dakar rally, Henk and Brett, unfortunately, crashed out, they will be eager to return and show their full potential in the 2022 Dakar rally.

#4 Shameer Variawa and navigator Danie Stassen

Shameer and Danie, also from South Africa, will complete the four-car team. Shameer, who has won multiple championships in South Africa, finished his first Dakar in 2021, but will now have Danie doing navigational duties. This will be Danie’s first Dakar, but he campaigns in the SACCS together with Shameer, so the two should find it easy to gel in the car.

 

 

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The new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+

The new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ will share components with the race-proven Hilux that was first introduced in 2018, and won the race in 2019, but will feature a host of improvements including bigger running gear – tyres of 37 inches, up from 32 inches; together with a tread increase from 245mm to 320mm. The new car also has more suspension travel with the previous limit of 280mm now increased to 350mm.

 

Under the hood, the car is now equipped with a 3.5 litre twin-turbo powered petrol V6 engine, sourced from the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300, as used in the striking new GR-S version of the iconic vehicle. In standard form, the engine produces 305 kW of power at 5,200 rpm and 650 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm. However, in race trim those numbers are significantly higher.

 

 

 

The new Hilux will be a force to be reckoned with at the Dakar 2022

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