Isuzu D-Max Dakar is one of the most spectacular and powerful pick-ups ever built, and it will participate in the Dakar Rally – one of the most gruelling races on earth. The event will happen in January next year.
The vehicle is based on the production Isuzu D-Max 4×4 double-cab, but it has increased performance due to the new 3.0-litre (2,994cc) 16-valve common-rail turbo diesel engine. It produces output of 242 horsepower (178 kW) and 589 Nm (435 lb-ft) of torque. The powerplant is matched to a four-wheel drive system and a sequential five-speed Hollinger gearbox and Xtreme rally clutch.
Further enhancements regard the chassis, which includes 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.
The immediate stopping is ensured by the additionally added DBA Kangaroo Paw ventilated disc brakes with cross-drilled discs and Harrop aluminium racing calipers. Isuzu D-Max Dakar rides on 16 x 7-inch ROH Trojan alloy wheels, shod with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tyres. And to sum up the result of these enhancements, it is a great acceleration time from zero to 100 km/h in seven seconds. The top speed is 190 kph.
|Body and construction|
|Base vehicle||Isuzu D-Max 4×4 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|
|0-100km/h (60mph||7 seconds (estimated, on dirt)|
|Top speed||190 kph|