The tougher, the better

Legendary toughness forged at the Dakar Rally

40 years of Toyota at the Dakar Rally

With its extraordinary terrain and unbelievable speeds, success at the Dakar is about more than speed; quality, durability and reliability are vital. In these extremes, trust is key, and it’s Toyota’s legendary toughness that has made them the vehicle of choice for competitors.

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Trust in the extreme

Covering over 9,000 km in two weeks, the Dakar rally is the most extreme vehicle test bed imaginable. Its combination of epic sand dunes, treacherous river beds and unbelievable speeds pushes every component of our cars to the limit. In extremes like this, trust is key, and it’s the dependable toughness of our vehicles that has made them the number one choice for rally competitors.

'In 2016, 42.4% of the vehicles that finished were Toyotas'


2018 Dakar Rally

The 40th anniversary of the Dakar Rally has come to an end. Beginning on January 6th, competitors faced 14 stages at just under 9,000km of racing starting on Peruvian sand dunes, then through Bolivian mountains and finishing in Argentine deserts. Out of the 92 cars that began the trek, 47 of them were Toyotas.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa enjoyed a good amount of success with #301 Nasser Al-Attiyah coming in 2nd, #304 Giniel De Villiers coming in 3rd.

It was a great year for Toyota on the whole as well. In the Car Category top 10, five were Toyota vehicles and out of the 55% of competitors who managed to finish, almost half of them were Toyotas. Toyota vehicles are known worldwide as tough and reliable. Even the Dakar organisers relied on them to caravan around and scout upcoming stages.

Dakar Chief of Vehicle operations Fernando Astudillo said of the Toyotas “there is a real trust between the drivers and their Toyotas.” It could be said that the ultimate challenge for these machines is waiting another year to attack the Dakar again. When that time comes, Toyota and the teams that drive them will be ready.

Read more about Toyota's participation in this year's rally with our Daily Dakar updates.

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“We will continue to make ever-better
cars by traversing the wide variety of
roads and terrains across the world.”
Akio Toyoda

Our extreme Dakar off-roaders

Toyota Hilux Dakar
Super Production Category
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa’s all-new Hilux featured a host of mechanical enhancements for 2018. A new mid-engine layout, larger air restrictor and a revised suspension set up (with 12% more travel), provides it with excellent levels of balance and handling.
  • New mid-mounted V8 engine layout
  • Revised independent rear suspension
  • All-wheel drive
  • Reduced weight
Toyota Land Cruiser
Production Category
The two Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body cars compete in the highly-restricted Production category. This year's cars featured a re-engineered front and rear design and boasted V8 biodiesel engines that ran entirely on a mixture of vegetable oil and algae.
  • V8 biodiesel engine
  • Re-engineered front and rear design
  • All-wheel drive
  • Powered 100% by vegetable oil and algae

Trust comes as standard

Active Traction Control Provides grip on the toughest terrain
Hill-start Assist Control Take on hills without ever rolling back
Heavy Duty Under Body Protection Protect the essential parts of your Hilux
Rear Differential Lock Getting stuck is a thing of the past

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