The Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body has prepared two cars based on the Land Cruiser 200 for the Dakar Rally, which will take place from 2 to 14 January 2022. This will be the last “Dakar” for the “two hundred”: in 2023, the Land Cruiser 300 will start its racing career.
The upcoming race will be the 13th in a row for the LC200: the Japanese SUV took part in the Dakar for the first time back in 2010. The team competes in the T2 class, that is, production cars with minimal modifications. During this time, Land Cruiser became winners 11 times and twice entered the top three. In 2022, the team expects to take the ninth consecutive victory.
Note that Land Cruiser 200s participate in races almost completely in the factory version. A roll cage is installed on them and unnecessary interior elements are removed (spare tires are provided instead of the rear seats), an additional fuel tank, snorkel and double sports shock absorbers are mounted.
In this case, the frame, engine, transmission and other elements are not modified. In this state, Japanese SUVs easily pass the entire track.