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15 DECEMBER 2017
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S CARS AND EQUIPMENT NOW EN ROUTE TO SOUTH AMERICA FOR DAKAR 2018Dec 15, 2017
15 DECEMBER 2017
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S CARS AND EQUIPMENT
NOW EN ROUTE TO SOUTH AMERICA FOR DAKAR 2018
• Toyota Gazoo Racing SA ships two race cars from Johannesburg, South Africa
• Third Toyota Hilux shipped from Europe
• Crew departs on December 30th, 2017 for Dakar
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA today shipped two of the team’s three Toyota Hilux race cars to South America, from its headquarters near the iconic Kyalami circuit. The team’s third new Toyota Hilux will be shipped directly from Europe, where it has been undergoing final testing in preparation for Dakar 2018.
“We are very excited to have reached this point,” says Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall. “There are certain milestones that we reach in the build-up to Dakar each year, starting with design, then manufacture, testing and finally the shipping of the cars to South America.”
This year the team is also shipping all the spare parts, tools and other equipment together with the cars. “We had a small setback with the sea freight schedule, due to the massive storms that battered the eastern coastline. As a result, we’re now sending everything via air freight,” explains Hall. “Our partnership with SAA Cargo is invaluable in this regard, and they play an integral part in our assault on the world’s toughest automotive race.”
The team is upbeat at present, with all three drivers declaring themselves extremely happy with the development of the all-new IMA Toyota Hilux. The Independent Mid-Mounted All-Wheel drive version, known internally as the IMA, sports an all-new layout and suspension geometry, together with a lower overall weight and more suspension travel, in keeping with the latest rules from both the FIA and the ASO, organisers of the Dakar Rally.
At the same time, the technical crew is preparing for a short break, before leaving for South America on December 30th, 2017. “We’ve been right up against one deadline after the other in the lead up to the race,” concludes Hall. “But now it is time to relax a bit, so that we all arrive in South America fresh and ready for the race.”
Dakar 2018 gets under way on January 6th, but the technical crew will start assembly and testing of the three race cars from January 1st, 2018. They also need to pack and prepare the team’s race trucks – a mammoth and critical task, which is made even tougher by the humid heat of the South American summer.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Toyota Gazoo Racing will distribute media material throughout Dakar 2018.
www.motorpress.co.za will send out daily media releases with images for editorial use.
In addition to this service, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA has also launched an all-new media portal for Dakar. This portal will contain material from previous races, as well as the latest edition of the Dakar Rally. Material available daily includes:
- Media Releases
- Video News Releases
- Edited Video clips for use in social media and websites
- Audio clips with interviews of the team
- Invitation link to join a dedicated media WhatsApp group
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for access to the media portal.
The URL for the portal is: https://toyotadakar.motorpress.co.za
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