Toyota has unveiled the 2017 Dakar rally car, the Hilux Evo, with which the Japanese automaker is set to enter one of the world's toughest off-road event. This off-road pickup truck is being developed by Toyota South Africa in collaboration with Toyota Gazoo Racing.
The Hilux Evo is powered by a naturally aspirated 5-litre, V8 engine, identical to one which was used in previous version Hilux. Only change will be the 38mm air restrictor due to regulation changes.
Toyota Hilux Evo is equipped with two-wheel-drive rather than four-wheel-drive. By this engineers have benefited with reduced weight and ability to mount the powertrain between the axles for better weight distribution. The new chassis also offers a wide range of suspension travel and in turn larger wheels can be fitted into the pick-up truck.
The Hilux Evo will be piloted by Qatari driver and former Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah alongside South African drivers Giniel de Villiers and Leeroy Poulter. The 2017 Dakar rally will commence from January 2, spanning across Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.