Isuzu D-Max ready for 2013 Dakar Rally

Isuzu D-max for 2013 Dakar Rally
Isuzu D-max for 2013 Dakar Rally

Based on the D-Max 4x4 double-cab

Isuzu has prepared a Dakar Rally version of the D-Max that will compete in January at the 35th edition.

It is based on a production D-Max 4x4 double-cab and comes with a 3.0-liter engine turbodiesel engine that produces 242 hp (180 kW) at 4,800 rpm and 589 Nm (434 lb-ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm. The engine is connected to a sequential 5-speed Hollinger gearbox and Xtreme rally clutch.

The pickup truck features a four-wheel drive system and can do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 7 seconds (on dirt) before reaching a maximum speed of 190 km/h (118 mph). The 2,300 kg (5,070 lbs) vehicle is equipped with 16 x 7-inch ROH Trojan alloy wheels with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.

Additional details are provided in the attached press release.

Source: Isuzu

Isuzu has built the most spectacular and powerful D-Max pick-up ever to take on the Dakar Rally, one of the most gruelling races on earth, in January 2013.

Based on the robust underpinnings of a production Isuzu D-Max 4x4 double-cab, the Dakar-ready pick-up has been enhanced to increase performance and to withstand the rigours of over 5,000 miles of arduous terrain, between Lima, Peru and the finish in Santiago, Chile.

The vehicle is powered by an Isuzu-developed 3.0-litre (2,994cc) 16-valve common-rail turbo diesel engine, producing maximum power output of 242 horsepower and 589 Nm of torque.  The powerplant, based on a standard Isuzu engine, is mated to a four-wheel drive system and a sequential five-speed Hollinger gearbox and Xtreme rally clutch.

To protect the vehicle and its occupants against rock impacts and potential accidents, the chassis features custom-built, full-length eight millimetre aluminium skid plates, while the steel cab body is fitted with an integrated roll-cage and carbon-fibre panels that shield the pick-up’s key components.

Isuzu has added DBA Kangaroo Paw ventilated disc brakes with cross-drilled discs and Harrop aluminium racing callipers to give the racer incredible stopping power.  The Isuzu D-Max Dakar rides on 16 x 7-inch ROH Trojan alloy wheels, shod with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tyres, for maximum ground clearance when traversing crests, dips and everything in between.

The result of these upgrades is an even tougher pick-up than the road-going model, with exhilarating performance to match.  Zero-to-62 mph is taken care of in just seven seconds (on dirt) and top speed has been recorded as high as 190 kph.

The experienced Isuzu Motorsports International Off-Road Race Team has carried out all preparation of the vehicle, which will be piloted by Australian pair Bruce Garland (driver) and Harry Suzuki (co-driver).

The Isuzu Motorsports International Off-Road Race Team, based in Australia, enjoyed success at the 2009 Dakar event with a previous-generation D-Max, finishing as the first diesel-powered pick-up in the field.

Harry Suzuki, co-driver and director of Isuzu Motorsports, commented: “The Isuzu D-Max is the perfect Dakar machine.  It has the ideal blend of rugged ability and performance, and race prepared by our specialist team, the Isuzu D-Max Dakar will deliver where it counts.”

Suzuki continues: “While our Isuzu D-Max Dakar pick-up is purpose-built and race-prepared to withstand the punishment of the toughest motorsport event on the calendar, more than half of the vehicle is built using standard Isuzu production parts and is completely recognisable as a series Isuzu D-Max.  This fact reinforces that Isuzu is the manufacturer of tough vehicles able to take on any terrain.”

The thirty-fifth-edition of the Dakar rally, and the fifth in South America, starts on 5 January 2013, finishing fifteen days later.  The Isuzu D-Max Dakar will participate in the ‘Car class – T2 (Cross Country Series Production vehicles)’.

Technical specification – Isuzu D-Max Dakar

Body and construction
Base vehicle Isuzu D-Max 4x4 double cab
Body Isuzu steel cab body with integrated roll-cage and carbon fibre panels
Chassis Garland Motorsports-modified Isuzu D-Max chassis
Underbody Custom-built, full-length 8 mm aluminium skid plates
Engine and transmission
Engine Isuzu-developed 2994cc in-line DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel
Power 242 horsepower (180 kw) @ 4800 rpm
Torque 589 Nm (434 ft/lb) @ 2000 rpm
Cooling Davies Craig electric water pump with Adrad custom cross-flow aluminium cab-mounted radiator with dual electric fans
Induction Isuzu turbocharger with intercooler mounted in original radiator position
Gearbox and clutch Five-speed Hollinger sequential gearbox and Xtreme rally clutch
Fuel tank Custom-built dual aluminium fuel tank with a total capacity of 320 litres (85 gallons)
Drivetrain, suspension and damping
Front differential Isuzu rear housing, modified to suit independent front suspension and drive-shaft
Rear differential Isuzu rear axle and housing, modified to suit ladder-bar rear suspension
Front suspension Custom-built independent, torsion-bar using Isuzu lower control arm, King off-road racing reservoir shocks and adjustable stops
Rear suspension Custom-built coil-sprung ladder bar with adjustable King off-road racing, remote reservoir shocks and adjustable stops
Brakes, wheels and tyres
Brakes DBA Kangaroo Paw ventilated disc brakes with cross-drilled rotors and Harrop aluminium racing callipers
Wheels 16 x 7-inch ROH Trojan alloy wheels
Tyres Toyo Open Country M/T-R
Telemetry Racepak data gathering and engine control
Seats Recaro motorsport shell
Steering wheel Momo three-spoke


Weight 2300kg (approximately)
0-100km/h (60mph 7 seconds (estimated, on dirt)
Top speed 190 kph

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