Isuzu Motorsport Prepares D-Max for 2013 Dakar Rally

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Isuzu might not have had much luck selling cars in America, but they haven’t given up on their claim to fame. Their motorsport division has built a the most spectacular and powerful D-Max pick-up ever to take on the Dakar Rally, which will take place across 5,000 miles of the most difficult terrain, between Lima, Peru and the finish in Santiago, Chile.
Powering the vehicle is an updated 3-liter 16-valve common-rail turbodiesel engine which has been tweaked to 242 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the 4x4 drivetrain through the Hollinger five-speed sequential racing transmission with Xtreme rally clutch.

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.”
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