Born to push limits

Legendary toughness forged at the Dakar Rally

Over 40 years of Toyota at the Dakar Rally

With its extraordinarily-challenging terrain and unbelievable speeds, success at 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. One such competitor, Nasser Al-Attiyah, proved the tenacity of the Toyota Hilux in winning the Dakar Rally outright in 2019.

Toyota at Dakar

Following a successful Dakar Rally in 2020, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and TOYOTA AUTO BODY have entered a total of 6 crews in this year’s Dakar rally taking place on 3rd-15th January 2021. The teams consist of a mix of experienced specialists and some new blood to the rally-raid world.

Dakar 2021

CURRENT AND PAST RALLY ACTIVITIES

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

Akio Toyoda

Born to push limits

Tested in the harshest environments by the most dedicated professionals, the Toyota Dakar Hilux is the blueprint and inspiration for the new Toyota Hilux. Born from the same DNA, the new Toyota Hilux is a truly remarkable and powerful machine, exhibiting up to 204 DIN horsepower and 500 NM torque, all from a 2.8L diesel engine. From the city hills to the desert dunes, the new Hilux was born to push limits.

forged at dakar
Toyota Dakar Hilux

Toyota Dakar Hilux features a mid-engine layout, larger air restrictor and revised suspension set up, which provides it with excellent levels of balance and handling.
  • /Mid-mounted 5L V8 engine
  • /Power 320HP / Torque: 620NM
  • /6 speed manual transmission
  • /All-wheel drive

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Meet the Toyota Gazoo Racing Dakar Rally Team
Team 1, Car 301:
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Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar),
Driver


Career Highlights:

Dakar Rally Winner (2011, 2015, 2019)
FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies Winner (2008, 2015, 2016, 2017)

 
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Mathieu Baumel (France),
Navigator


Career Highlights:

Dakar Rally Winner (2015, 2019)
FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies Winner (2015, 2016, 2017)

Team 2, Car 304:
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Giniel de Villiers
(South Africa), Driver


Career Highlights:

Dakar Rally Winner (2009)
Rally of Morocco Winner (2003, 2006, 2007, 2019)

 
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Alex Haro (Spain),
Navigator


Career Highlights:

Dakar Rally 2nd (2019)

Team 3, Car 332:
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Henk Lategan
(South Africa), Driver


Career Highlights:

South African Cross-Country Champion (2019, 2020)

 
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Brett Cummings
(South Africa), Navigator


Career Highlights:

South African Cross-Country Navigator Champion (2019, 2020) 3rd in Malle Moto, Dakar 2014

Team 4, Car 330:
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Shameer Variwa
(South Africa), Driver


Career Highlights:

South African Off-Road Champion (2000)

 
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Dennis Murphy,
(South Africa), Navigator


Career Highlights:

South African Cross-Country Navigator Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)

Find your next adventure

Explore Hilux Range
Toyota Dakar Land Cruiser

  • /4.4 L V8 diesel engine
  • /Power 300 HP / Torque 800 NM
  • /6 speed automatic transmission
  • /Full time 4 wheel drive

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Meet the Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body
Team 1, Car 340:
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Akira Miura (Japan),
Driver


Career Highlights:

Dakar Rally T2 category Winner (2007, 2009 and 2018) and 2nd (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020)
Andalucia Rally T2 category Winner (2020)

 
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Laurent Lichtleuchter (France),
Navigator


Career Highlights:

Dakar Rally T2 category Winner (2016) and 2nd (2018, 2019 and 2020)
Andalucia Rally T2 category Winner (2020)

Team 2, Car 345:
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Ronald Basso
(France), Driver


Career Highlights:

Multiple Dakar Rally participations (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Andalucia Rally T2 category 2nd (2020)

 
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Jean Michel Polato
(France), Navigator


Career Highlights:

Multiple Dakar Rally participations (2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020)

Leave no land uncruised

Explore Land Cruiser Range
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