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A 400bhp twin-turbocharged V6 sits in the middle of this GR DKR Hilux T1+, pushing 660Nm of torque to those 37-inch wheels.

25 Nov 2021 | International News : Japan

Toyota Gazoo Racing has revealed its all new Dakar challenger, the GR DKR Hilux T1+.

Competing in the 2022 Dakar, the GR DKR Hilux T1+ has completed its prototype stage and will continue to be developed and refined in weeks leading up to the rally, which starts on 2 January in Saudi Arabia.

The new Dakar racer gets tyres which have increased in size from 32 to 37 inches, and width, from 245mm to 320mm
The GR DKR Hilux T1+ is powered by a new 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, developed from the unit featured in the new road-going Toyota Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport.

It delivers more torque than the rally Hilux's previous engine, and also saves weight. Overall vehicle weight has been increased, however, to two tonnes, in line with new racing regulations.

Engine performance is also governed by official FIA regulations, so maximum power and torque are from the racing Hilux stands at 400bhp and 660Nm respectively. These figures are claimed by Toyota to be well within the capabilities of the production engine.

The suspension travel for the GR DKR Hilux T1+ has also been increased compared to the previous Dakar vehicle, which will allow it to make the most of the performance of the new tyres, which have increased in both size and width.

Those tyres are fitted to new aluminium wheels which have been left in their natural metal finish, to allow better heat radiation.

Suspension travel has also been increased from the old racer's 280mm to 350mm
Under the skin, the racing Hilux has retained the mid-engine layout that has been in use since Dakar 2016. The car now carries just two spare tyres rather than the three that had been permitted in the past, in line with changes in the regulations for the T1+ category.

The Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ will also race with the latest Toyota Gazoo Racing livery, aligned with that used by Toyota in the World Endurance Championship and World Rally Championship. In this way, the new car, which will also compete in the 2022 FIA World Rally-Raid Championship, is clearly identifiable as part of Toyota Gazoo Racing's world championship race car line.

The famous GR lettering style has now been adopted by all three World Championship teams, reinforcing the link between Toyota's race cars, and its new stable of GR road-going sports models.

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