Fastest Hilux yet
Toyota Racing builds unique bakkie to celebrate million mark
SOUTH African sales of the Hilux eclipsed the one million mark in July.
The one millionth unit, a Single Cab 3.0 D-4D Legend 45 model, was sold to Pretoria resident and business owner Shabier Aboobaker on July 31, 2015.
Aboobaker is a Toyota loyalist, having owned a wide variety of Toyota products in the past, including a 1982 Corolla Sprinter, a 1986 Cressida 2.8i (of which he was one of the first lucky owners) and various Camry models, some of which are still in the family.
Senior vice president of sales and marketing at Toyota SA Calvyn Hamman, said the million mark is also a significant achievement for the plant in Prospecton, where the current Hilux is produced.
In recognition of not only the sheer number of Hilux vehicles produced, but also of its unparalleled success as a competition vehicle, Toyota SA Motorsport has built a one-of-a-kind Toyota Hilux. Known as the Toyota Hilux Racing Experience, this unique machine is a celebration of Hilux.
At the heart of the race version of the Toyota Hilux is the powerful and flexible Lexus IS-F V8 engine. In celebration of its racing success, this is the same engine that does duty in the Toyota Hilux Racing Experience vehicle. With more than 335 kW of power available at 6 000 rpm, this is most likely the most powerful Toyota Hilux built. However, the Hilux Racing Experience is much more than just a Toyota Hilux with a big engine — it is a finely crafted machine that embraces a host of technology used in Toyota SA Motorsport’s Hilux race vehicles.
The engine management system, for instance, has been replaced with a Pectel Cosworth system, making the most of the engine’s direct fuel injection. The sump has been modified to make room for the production Hilux front differential, which has been equipped with a new gear ratio.
The rear diff received similar treatment, and the inlet manifold has been modified to Dakar spec, effectively boosting the torque characteristics of the engine.
A new alternator and powersteering pump have been fitted, together with a new air-conditioning compressor. The entire wiring harness has been upgraded to Dakar spec, a full tubular exhaust system has been installed and modifications have been made to the transmission’s bell housing in order to mate the gearbox to the IS-F engine.
Toyota SA Motorsport’s Glyn Hall said the Racing Experience is a well-balanced bakkie that offers supreme performance without compromising handling — in essence, a road-going Toyota Hilux injected with motorsport DNA, which offers the driver the very essence of Toyota SA Motorsport’s race vehicles.
The Hilux Racing Experience is a finely crafted road machine injected with motorsport DNA.