For next year’s Dakar Rally, Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa has announced that it will enter three teams, all using the latest evolution of the race-proven Toyota Hilux-based.

Unlike a regular Hilux, the racing truck features a mid-engine layout with the same V8 turbodiesel engine, transmission and running gear from the 2018 car. However, following 2019’s regulations, the size of the air intake restrictor has been set at 37 mm instead of 38 mm previously. Other revisions include further refinement of the vehicle’s suspension.

“The FIA has been working hard to try and balance the performance of the turbodiesel-powered cars and the naturally aspirated V8s, such as ours. This is an ongoing process, and while neither camp will probably ever be entirely happy with the rules, we have no choice but to abide by their rules,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa team principal, Glyn Hall.

“The smaller restrictor is sure to count against us somewhat this year, but with the lower altitudes of Peru, we may just have enough grunt to make it work regardless,” he adds.

The drivers that will take part in the 41st edition of the iconic race include Giniel de Villiers partner with co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz; while Nasser Al Attiyah will drive with Frenchman Mathieu Baumel. Lastly, Dutch rally and cross-country driver, Bernhard ten Brinke will have Xavier Panseri as his co-driver.