Toyota South Africa delivered its 1,000,000th Hilux in July – and a worthy celebration was in order.
Toyota Plopped The Lexus IS F’s V8 Into A One-Off, 449HP Hilux
The blokes from Toyota celebrated this spectacular milestone by making a one-off Hilux concept, which appears to be inserting very similar to a Dakar-spec variant. Correctly, think about it or not, the Hilux didn’t conquer Africa on the streets, nonetheless in motorsport as successfully.
The toughest decide-up on this planet (because the earlier Excessive Gear presenters may describe it) has gained the earlier seven titles inside the South African cross-nation sequence, and has competed inside the Dakar race since 2012, averaging good outcomes.
So, in an effort to combine collectively the two superior accomplishments of the truck, Toyota SA decided to convey the racing variant nearer to the road and the road model nearer to racing, thus making a road-authorized Dakar-spec Hilux.
Starting as a producing D4-D automobile, the Hilux obtained a coronary coronary heart transplant, getting a 5.Zero-litre V8 from a generous Lexus IS-F. As that wasn’t adequate, the powerplant was modified with a Dakar-spec inlet manifold, wiring harness, a Pectel Cosworth engine administration and a tubular exhaust system with the intention to squeeze 449 horses from it. Furthermore, not like “common”, Dakar-permitted racers, the auto doesn’t have an air restrictor and that interprets into the following excessive velocity – one hundred fifty km/h on the grime needs to be terrifying enough.
Proper right here’s the cool half, the Hilux retains the distinctive gearbox and the rear diff that acquired right here with the diesel engine, although every differentials have been modified with lower ratios because of the truck is now pretty rev-completely happy. Oh, and it has Dakar-specification brakes, with 350mm Power Brakes discs.