http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.73Change: -0.21
R/$ = 12.21Change: 0.11
Au 1180.47 $/ozChange: 1.92
Pt 1082.50 $/ozChange: 4.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Nov 08, 2012

Hall and his team reinvent the Hilux for Dakar 2013

Back
Dakar|Lima|SANTIAGO|Africa|Components|Duxbury|Engines|Imperial Holdings|Innovation Group|Namibia|Netgear|Toyota|Africa|South America|Argentina|Chile|Peru|As Hall|Steel|Steel Doors|Dirk Von Zitzewitz|Duncan Vos|Giniel De Villiers|Glyn Hall|Power|Rob Howie|Hilux|Imperial Hilux|Toyota Hilux
|Africa|Components|Engines|Namibia||Africa||||Steel||Power||
dakar|lima|santiago|africa-company|components|duxbury|engines|imperial-holdings|innovation-group|namibia|netgear|toyota|africa|south-america|argentina|chile|peru|as-hall|steel|steel-doors|dirk-von-zitzewitz|duncan-vos|giniel-de-villiers|glyn-hall-person|power|rob-howie|hilux|imperial-hilux|toyota-hilux
© Reuse this



The Toyota Hilux that will compete in the 2013 Dakar Rally will be a completely different beast from the bakkie that clinched third spot in the 2012 event.

Toyota Motorsport team principal Glyn Hall says South African driver Giniel de Villiers and his German co-pilot, Dirk von Zitzewitz, will be driving a new car, with a lower centre of gravity and improved sand performance.

Tested on Namibia’s dunes already, the improved performance on sand comes mainly from a new 5 l engine delivering more than 570 Nm of torque, versus the 4.6 l engine used in 2012, at roughly 510 Nm of torque.

Hall says the extra torque “helps a lot with the performance on sand. When you want to power a car up a 300 m dune, there is no substitute for torque”.

He believes new engine regulations at Dakar 2013, again to be held in South America, will serve as a great equaliser in next year’s rally, as teams must now use production-type engines.

The X-raid Team’s Mini, in which Stéphane Peterhansel in 2012 secured his tenth Dakar victory, sported a prototype engine, and not a production-type engine, says Hall.

“So, Mini will have less performance, and we will have more. Maybe we will meet each other in the middle.”

The second biggest change to De Villiers’ new Hilux is that it is wider.

“When we redesigned the chassis, we explored the regulations some more, and put more structural components lower, thereby lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity. This also gained us an extra 100 mm (width) inside the cab,” explains Hall.

The new Hilux will also feature new designed-and-made-in-South-Africa lightweight carbon-fibre doors, as opposed to the steel doors used in 2012.

The second Hilux to compete as part of the South African Dakar team will also feature these doors. This vehicle will again be driven by the team of Duncan Vos and Rob Howie, who were tenth overall in the 2012 event.

While De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz gain a new car, Vos and Howie will compete in an upgraded Hilux, featuring a revised suspension, more lightweight parts and a bigger engine.

NEW RACE, NEW TARGET
As Hall and his team have achieved their 2012 ambition of clinching a podium position, the aim over the next three years is now to “try and win this race”, says the Dakar team principal.

Toyota Motorsport announced earlier this year that Imperial Toyota, a member of the JSE-listed Imperial Holdings, had agreed to back the Imperial Hilux team for the next three years, covering the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Dakar Rally, thereby expanding on its 2012 support. The co-sponsors Innovation Group and Duxbury Netgear have also again offered their support.

“If we can improve on last year’s unbelievable performance, we would be very happy,” notes Hall.

He adds, however, that the team is still looking for one last sponsorship partner in order to “meet its budget requirements”.

When looking at the 2013 Dakar Rally, the South African Imperial Hilux team will be facing a number of challenges quite different to the 2012 race.

The 2013 race will start in Lima, Peru, and not Argentina. This also means it will not start out on gravel, but will almost immediately hit some “pretty big dunes”, says Hall.

He says this means it will be a different rally altogether, with bigger gaps likely from the start of the race. It will also place some pressure on the drivers, as dune riding is the most technical part of the rally.

“Navigation is also tricky, as you do not follow a track, but a compass.”

Dakar 2013 starts on January 5, and ends on January 20 in Santiago, Chile.

The South African team will comprise 21 people.
 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Automotive News
 
Latest News
Updated 7 hours ago Advanced manufacturing was internationally regarded as critical to reversing the economically-stifling effects of increasing deindustrialisation and could prove to be the answer to South Africa’s stagnant growth rate, the Manufacturing Indaba heard on Friday....
Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad Bezuidenhout
With growth rates exceeding those of the developed world – averaging between 4% and 5% from 2002 to 2014 – African States remain key targets for industrial exports from South African manufacturers, who would do well to leverage their proximity to the sub-Saharan...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
JSE-listed Afrimat will make a cash offer to acquire the entire remaining issued share capital of subsidiary Infrasors that it does not already own.
TEAMWORK Aggreko Europe, Middle East & Africa MD David Taylor-Smith; Aggreko Zambia chairperson Dr. Sixtus Mulenga; Aggreko Africa MD James Shepherd
Temporary power generation services provider Aggreko announced earlier this month that it had appointed Dr Sixtus Mulenga as nonexecutive chairperson of Aggreko Zambia, a move it believed was integral to the ongoing expansion of its operations in Zambia and the rest...
Major global aircraft manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft is maintaining a steady course. "I don't have any big news, good or bad," company President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told international aviation journalists in Toulouse, France, at the company’s recent...
MEASURING DEVICES Bosch has released a mobile app that enables the measurements made with measuring devices to be sent and used directly on the app for accuracy and on-site quoting
Industrial tool manufacturer Bosch has increased the compatibility of many batteries in its range of blue industrial power tools and has released mobile-device applications (apps) for users of the tools, says Bosch South Africa training manager Peter du Bruyn. Many...
The new Nissan Navara has been launched onto the global market, but Nissan South Africa (NSA) will only know in August whether the local Rosslyn plant will assemble the one-ton pickup. The NSA plant currently produces the old NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, as well as...
 
 
Article contains comments
The Automobile Association expressed concern on Friday that the Gautrain subsidy has reached R1.5-billion, saying it could fund the entire Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). Reacting to the announcement made by Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi at a business...
ANDRE VAN DER WALT SMEC South Africa is confident that the market in Africa will continue to grow, with many projects ready to get under way
There are abundant project opportunities for consulting engineers in Africa, as many countries on the continent are embarking on power generation infrastructure development projects, says multinational consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa (SMEC SA), which...
The mandate of local government has expanded greatly over the last ten years, and now includes more comprehensive operational responsibilities, as well as new ones, such as air quality management, says KPMG South Africa City Centre of Excellence associate director...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96