The Gazoo Racing team broke the usual course of things and used “civilian” technologies on the race car, and not Vice versa. As part of this exchange, four Hilux pickups for Dakar received a tire pressure monitoring system from the GR Yaris hatchback.
The three-door Toyota GR Yaris was introduced in January 2020. The hatchback is designed to homologate the world rally championship (FIA WRC) combat vehicle, and in addition to the GR-Four all-wheel drive transmission with a multi-disc clutch and two Torsen differentials, it is equipped with “smart” tire pressure monitoring (TMPS). Toyota adapted this technology with the help of Motul specialists for the Dakar Hilux.
Due to frequent punctures in last year’s race, the factory “stable” Gazoo Racing was not able to show a good result – but now, obviously, a solution to the problem has been found. In what form the system migrated to Hilux, it is not specified, but it is known that the hardware and control software underwent a major upgrade. On the GR-Four, TMPS sensors monitor the pressure in all four wheels separately. Additionally, you can set basic parameters for a specific route or take into account an individual driving style.
Four Toyota Hilux vehicles are taking part in the Dakar 2021 rally RAID. From the cars of the 2020 model, they differ in the design of the front part of the body and, of course,the engine – a five-liter V8 petrol “aspirated”. Independent front and rear suspension coupled with all-wheel drive is standard equipment.
We also recommend that you watch a detailed test drive of the Toyota Hilux from the FineAuto team: