09/23/2021 at 12:24 PM CEST
After Audi has completed the first dune tests of the new RS Q e-tron to be driven by Carlos Sainz, Peterhansel and Ekstrom in the next edition of the Dakar Rally, its direct rivals are not far behind. Prodrive continues to polish Nani Roma and Sébastien Loeb’s BRX Hunter T1 +, and now Toyota has unveiled the mighty GR DKR Hilux T1 + with which Nasser Al-Attiyah will look for his fourth victory in the Dakar,
Al-Attiyah has renewed for two years with Toyota, which will also align Giniel de Villiers, Henk Lategan and Shameer Variawa. All of them will be able to forget about the ‘nightmare’ of punctures on the rocky route of Saudi Arabia that penalized them so much against the buggies in the last edition of the rally
The Hilux T1 + equips larger tires (32 “) and is wider and heavier than its predecessor. It will feature new engine, a 3.5 V6 biturbo petrol. “The car is clearly faster and more capable than the previous model,” says Al-Attiyah, in the same vein as his colleague Giniel De Villiers, Dakar 2009 winner: “The new tires, suspension travel, and especially the adoption of the Land Cruiser’s twin-turbo petrol engine will certainly make a big difference. The engine has excellent response, and we It allows to put the new car to the limit “, affirms the South African, who has tested the new Hilux in his country and in Namibia, along with the rest of the ‘armada’ of Toyota.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing ANNOUNCES FOUR-CAR TEAM AND
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