Toyota SA Motorsport has built a one-of-a-kind Toyota Hilux, known as the Toyota Hilux Racing Experience.
It uses the V8 engine from the IS-F V8 engine, and with more than 335 kW of power available at 6,000 rpm, this is most likely the most powerful Toyota Hilux ever built.
The engine management system,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 power steering pump has 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 made to the transmission’s bell housing, in order to mate the gearbox to the IS-F engine.
“So the modifications are pretty comprehensive,” says Toyota SA Motorsport’s Glyn Hall. “But you can’t just add all that power and toys without ensuring that the vehicle can handle it.”
As such the suspension system has also been upgraded, with fully adjustable front and rear dampers, and the entire vehicle has been lowered by 50 mm over the production version. The steering ratio has been increased for faster movement and large 18×9” wheels have been fitted.
“All of this come together with the AIM electronic dashboard, which is fully integrated with the Pectel engine management system and provides the driver with a vast array of engine information in true motorsport fashion.”
The result 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.
Check out this mad bakkie’s specification sheet below.
Engine: Lexus IS-F 2UR-GSE
Capacity: 5,000 cc
Management: Pectel Cosworth, direct fuel injection
Power: 335 kW @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 600 Nm @ 3,250 – 4,500 rpm
Brakes: Power Brake (SA supplier to Dakar Toyota Hilux vehicles)
350 mm discs with billet aluminium 4-piston calipers
Suspension: Fully adjustable front and rear
Ride Height: Lowered by 50 mm
Wheels: 9×18 alloy rims
Exhaust System: Full tubular exhaust with Dakar spec inlet manifold
Transmission: Standard Toyota Hilux D-4D
Differentials: Standard Toyota Hilux D-4D front and rear, new ratios of 4.375
Clutch: Twin Plate AP Racing
Instrumentation: AIM Electronic Dash, integrated with Pectel Engine Management System