With the Peugeot 3008 DKR debuting in the last Rally of Morocco -with more pain than glory – and the Mini All4 Racing holding the lunge in full flight of talent in X-Raid, the big question for the next Dakar resided in the decision to be taken by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing. With a Toyota Hilux V8 4×4 that has gained in performance thanks to its new flange, the structure of south african origin had to decide if was going to keep this vehicle involved in the Dakar or betting on the newly introduced Toyota Hilux V8 Evo, a model that leverages the benefits of the regulation buggy.
however, the performance seen in the Morocco Rally and in the earlier dating of the Rally World Cup Cross-Country have settled the balance. Toyota is not aligned finally the Toyota Hilux V8 Evo 4X2, all time that the efforts of Giniel de Villiers in the test that have been done to date with the buggy would not have allowed the vehicle is prepared to face the harshness of a race like the Dakar. In addition, Nasser Al-Attiyah has shown his predilection for the Hilux 4×4 the whole time that the new flange its maximum torque of the engine reduces the distances.
it is Not a secret that the V8 engine’s maximum torque of the Toyota Hilux loses part of its potential in the stages of high altitude with respect to the propeller biturbo diesel of the Peugeot 3008 DKR, in the same way that the particularities that offers the buggy of the French house offer advantage in the dunes. By contrast, the Toyota Hilux V8 with this dose of extra power fruit of the new technical regulations of the FIA is the huge favorite in the stages rally, each time more numerous in the Dakar Rally by the limitations in the route. Nasser Al-Attiyah, Giniel de Villiers and Leeroy Poulter have already made your bet.