Team Land Cruiser Auto Body Wins The 2024 Dakar Rally

It brought home Toyota’s eleventh consecutive win in the Production Car category.

The 2024 Dakar Rally, hosted in Saudi Arabia for the fifth time, brought good news for Toyota. The Japanese automaker bagged top honours in the Production Car category for the eleventh consecutive time. Team Land Cruiser Auto Body (TLC) were represented by Akira Miura and co-driver Mayeul Barbet in No. 500 Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport and Ronald Basso and Jean-Michel Polato in No. 501 Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport. While the latter pair took second place, the first pair won the competition.

This year’s Dakar Rally covered 7,891km from AlUla to Yanbu along the Red Sea coast. For the 778 competitors, the 15-day motorsport event included 4,727km of timed runs. A new introduction – 48h Chrono Stage – tested the drivers and their cars for endurance across two consecutive days. Rounding off the event was a 174km loop in Yanbu.

At the 2024 Dakar Rally, Toyota also participated in the Dakar Future Program’s Mission 1000. It pushes automakers towards developing and introducing more carbon-neutral powertrain technologies, such as electric engines, hydrogen-fed propulsion systems, and biofuel hybrids. Toyota even put its hydrogen-powered HySE-X1 to the test. The vehicle, developed in collaboration with four other Japanese automotive manufacturers, features a chassis made by Overdrive Racing that has space for a hydrogen fuel tank and fuel supply system.

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