Fastest Hilux yet

Toy­ota Rac­ing builds unique bakkie to celebrate mil­lion mark

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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.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The Hilux Rac­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence is a finely crafted road ma­chine in­jected with motorsport DNA.

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