In January, at the 35th edition of the Dakar Rally, a new version of the Isuzu D-Max will compete. The model has as base the production version of the D-Max 4x4 double-cab and it will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine capable of generating 242 horsepower and 589 Nm of torque. All this output is being transferred to the wheels through a 5-speed Hollonger transmission and Xtreme rally clutch. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds and to reach a top speed of 190 km/h. All the output is then being sent to the wheels through 16 x 7-inch ROH Trojan alloy wheels covered in Toyo Open Country M / T R tires.
The pickup truck has been enhanced to increase performance and to withstand the rigors of over 5.000 miles of arduous terrain. In terms of safety, the engineers have tried to offer increased protection against rock impacts both for the passengers and the car. To do so, they have provided a chassis with full-length millimeter aluminum skid plates. The steel cab body is fitted with an integrated roll-cage and carbon fiber panels. The result they have obtained is an even tougher pickup than the road-going model, with exhilarating performance to match. The Isuzu Motorspots International Off-Road Race Team, that has its base in Australia, enjoyed success at the 2009 Dakar event with previous generation D-Max models.
The 35th edition of the rally starts on January 5th 2013 and will last for 15 days. This Isuzu D-Max Dakar will participate in the Cross Country Series Production vehicles – T2. The model weighs around 2.300 kg. These are all the detail we were able to obtain so far for you, but do not go very far as more are on their way.
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