Toyota is sending four-car Dream Team to 2020 Dakar Rally
Toyota Gazoo Racing announced an all-star line-up for the 2020 Dakar Rally that will take place in Saudi Arabia in January.
The Dream Team of the Japanese manufacturer features four crews consisting of Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu BaumelGiniel de Villiers and navigator Alex HaroBernhard Ten Brinke and navigator Tom Colsouland Fernando Alonso and navigator Marc Coma.
Toyota has been competing at the Dakar Rally since 2012 under the banner of the Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa, achieving the first-ever overall victory earlier this year with Al-Attiyah and Baumel. Before that victory, the team recorded the best overall results of 3rd (2012), 2nd (2013), 4th (2014), 2nd (2015), 3rd (2016), 5th (2017) and 2nd (2018).
For the upcoming edition of the legendary rally, Toyota Gazoo Racing will field a mix of experienced rally-raid specialists, together with relative newcomers to the discipline. Nasser and Mathieu will be looking to defend their Dakar Rally title to add to their impressive list of achievements, including multiple FIA World Cups for Cross Country Rallies and Dakar Rally victories.
Giniel de Villiers is another experienced campaigner with the 2009 Dakar Rally victory to his name and four Rally of Morocco crowns, the latest coming earlier this month with his new navigator Alex. Bernhard, also a former winner in Morocco, is reunited with Tom, who hails from a rally dynasty and has been competing across different rally disciplines over the years with multiple successes in the truck category.
Fernando Alonso, two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, reigning FIA World Endurance Championship title holder with Toyota, two-time Formula 1 World Champion, and winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, will drive fourth Toyota Hilux in Saudi Arabia.
Sitting alongside him in the navigator seat is Marc Coma, another Spanish motorsport legend with six FIM Cross Country World Championships and five Dakar Rally victories in the bike category under his belt.
All four crews will compete in the latest version of the rally raid-proven Toyota Hilux, built and developed in South Africa. The 2018 Dakar Rally saw the introduction of an all-new Hilux which was described by Glyn Hall, Team Principal, as a technological leap forward and proved itself from the get-go with a second and third place on its Dakar Rally debut before winning the event outright a year later.
Following Toyota’s philosophy of “making ever-better cars”, the team has continued to refine the Hilux and the latest iteration will spearhead the team’s Dakar Rally campaign. The Hilux features independent suspensions, mid-mounted engine and all-wheel drive, with the 5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine sitting just behind the front wheels.
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