For the past four years Nasser Al-Attiyah has been part of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. Just like last year, Nasser returns behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux built for the 2021 Dakar. The Hilux was built and developed at the team’s HQ in Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s the latest version of a race-proven Hilux that was introduced in 2018 and has seen significant refinements throughout the years. One thing remains clear and that is the reliability and toughness associated with the Hilux.
The Hilux has a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V8 engine from the Lexus RC-F and has a new exhaust system that improves torque numbers. A few other notable modifications include fully independent suspension and all-wheel drive. The overall layout and geometry of the car hasn’t changed; however the exterior design gets a facelift and now reflects the latest version of the production Toyota Hilux.
For wheels the Hilux is equipped with a set of Method 107 Race Series wheels which was developed in conjunction with Toyota Gazoo Racing. One key feature of the wheel is the patented Bead Grip technology which engages the inner and outer tire beads with a proprietary beadset geometry which consists of grooves on the lower seat surface and unique safety hump shape. This allows the tire to remain seated while at low inflation pressures. The wheel is 16x7 the size dictated by the limited tire size FIA T1 4x4 trucks are allowed to use in competition.
By the end of this year’s Dakar, Nasser has won over 40 stages in his years of competing at the Dakar. This year Nasser Al-Attiyah’s Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux will be numbered 301. Ironically the same exact number he was using during his Dakar wins in 2015 and 2019. This Feature Friday comes just in time as Dakar comes to a close and Nasser has finished 2nd overall. Click the banners below to learn more about the 107 and see latest Dakar content.