The team at Toyota Motorsport sighed a massive sigh of relief on Friday 12th December 2014, when the two locally developed and built Imperial Toyota Hilux race vehicles left the workshop in Barbeque Downs - next stop Buenos Aires.
For motorsport enthusiasts the month of January is synonymous with only one thing: The Dakar Rally. As in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Imperial Toyota South Africa Dakar Team will be there for the start, fielding the best race Toyota Hilux yet.
South Africa’s Dakar star, motorsport legend Giniel de Villiers, takes on the tough Rally of Morocco in his Imperial Toyota Hilux. The event starts on October 4th, 2014
Hino starts preparations for the 2015 Dakar Rally.
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Imperial Toyota Hilux) won the 13th and final stage of the 2014 Dakar Rally and they were officially classified as fourth overall while team mates Poulter and Howie ended 33rd
Giniel and Dirk (Imperia Toyota Hilux) successfully defended their third place overall in the Dakar Rally when they finished a frustrated seventh for the day....
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in the Imperial Toyota Hilux still have the Dakar Rally front-runners in their sights thanks to another top result.
In this report we give you some facts on week one as well as information on tomorrow's stage. We also include a few "did you knows" about Giniel and Dirk...
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz narrowly missed out on their first stage win at the Rally Dakar since switching to the Toyota Hilux
Toyota Imperial Leeroy Poulter & Rob Howie loose time clutch problem..
Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz overcome the longest marathon within the marathon, proving their ability to improvise on the way. Despite technical problems, the duo brought home their Imperial Toyota Hilux in seventh place
When you think you’ve got things under control, the Dakar bites back! Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie driving the second Imperial Toyota Hilux blew two shocks in the events longest stage!!
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz remain within striking distance of the leading group despite punctures and problems with the hydraulic jack...
Leeroy & Rob continue to impress in their first Dakar by ending the day 3rd in their Imperial Toyota Hilux. Poulter and Howie also moved into 10th overall
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz clocked the third fastest time of the day in their Imperial Toyota Hilux to work their way up to sixth place in the overall classification of the 2014 Rally Dakar.
“Today was my first experience of racing in the sand dunes and we got stuck a couple of times. As a result we got passed by a few competitors and later, when we caught them up, we struggled in their dust" said Leeroy
Foulty seal costs Giniel and Dirk almost 16 minutes, while Leeroy and Rob finish first day 9th...
Leeroy Poulter got his maiden Dakar Rally off to the best possible start when he and co-driver Rob Howie, brought their Imperial Toyota Hilux #323 home in ninth place at the end of the first day of the Dakar....
Three, two, ... one? The cleverest and therefore most successful duo of the South American “Dakar” era are an insider tip to win the 2014 Dakar event!!
The countdown to the 36th running of the Dakar Rally is almost over and, with just two days to go to the start in Rosario, Argentina, on Sunday, the Toyota Imperial South Africa team is good to go....
Toyota Motorsport South Africa is currently engaged with the herculean task of packing some six tons of spares and equipment for the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America in January...
With a little over four weeks before the flag drops for the start of 2014 Dakar Rally the Toyota Imperial South Africa Team of Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz and Leeroy Poulter/Rob Howie are in the company of the world’s top rally raid teams...
What do you do for an encore after finishing third and then second in the Dakar Rally? You aim for first.....
The most significant difference between the 2014 version and the bakkie that did duty so impressively in January is the Toyota engine...
A week of concentrated testing in the Namib Desert near Walvis Bay has taken Toyota Motorsport South Africa a big step forward in their preparations for the 2014 Dakar Rally....
Tough just got tougher as Toyota Motorsport South Africa announced a new look team to kick start their Dakar Rally campaign in preparation for the world’s toughest race in January 2014.
Capetonian Giniel de Villiers and his Imperial Toyota Dakar Racing Hilux was honoured with the Driver’s Award at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed...
The Toyota Imperial South Africa Team returned home today from South America to a hero’s welcome after their magnificent achievement in finishing second overall in the 2013 Dakar Rally
Second overall! Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz have secured their place in the history books of the world’s toughest rally...
Without risk through the final major test posed by the 2013 Dakar Rally and on to the finish...
After an extremely demanding 2013 Dakar Rally stage which crossed the border between Argentina and Chile, Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz driving the Imperial Toyota Hilux can give themselves a deserved pat on the back.
After their elevation to second place overall on the 2013 Dakar Rally on Monday, Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz managed to consolidate their impressive overall position...
“Even on bad days you can be strong”, Giniel and Dirk driving the Imperial Toyota Hilux move into second place
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz carry their third place overall, which they assumed on the fourth day of the world’s toughest rally....
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz look back on their successful first week on the 2013 Dakar Rally....
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz remain in third place overall at the Rally Dakar. The 2009 “Dakar” winners, in the cockpit of the South African built Imperial Toyota Hilux, ended the seventh stage from Calama to Salta in fifth place....
Driving the Imperial Toyota Hilux, Giniel and Dirk defend their 3rd position in the overall standings despite some disappointments...
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, at the wheel of a Imperial Toyota Hilux, clocked the fourth fasted time of the day to defend their third place in the overall standings.
On Day 4 of the Dakar Giniel de Villiers showed why he is one of the world’s top endurance off road drivers
Giniel & Dirk drop to sixth place and Duncan & Rob retire from the Dakar
On a day that saw the Dakar Rally start to show its teeth and several of the top contenders lose time with navigating problems Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz made an early move....
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Imperial Toyota Hilux #301) and Duncan Vos and Rob Howie (Imperial Toyota Hilux #312) successfully negotiated the first day of the 15-day 2013 Dakar Rally in South America on Saturday.....
Toyota Motorsport has won the first 2013 Dakar Rally battle by meeting the South African Airways deadline on Friday for delivery of the two Imperial Toyota Hilux double cab pickups that will contest the marathon race in South America in January...
Toyota and SuperSport will once again combine to bring South African sports fans nightly coverage of the Dakar Rally, which starts in Peru on January 5 and ends in Chile on January 20.
Toyota Motorsport is engaged in a race of a different kind as the newly crowned South African off road champions grapple with the herculean task of packing some six tons of spares and equipment for the 2013 Dakar Rally in South America in January....
The 34th running of the Dakar Rally in January 2013 will once again feature a number of intrepid South Africans and, notably, uniquely South African vehicles....
The 2013 Dakar Rally is just six weeks away and the release of the start numbers confirms that the Toyota Imperial South Africa Team of Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz and Duncan Vos/Rob Howie are in the company of the world’s top teams
With less than four weeks remaining before their delivery to SAA on pallets for the flight to South America, Toyota Motorsport’s two Dakar Rally challengers are undergoing the most intensive testing programme ever undertaken by the team.....
Toyota Motorsport’s brand new Dakar Rally challenger came through its first shakedown test with flying colours....
Toyota Motorsport unveiles the striking-looking design in which the racing version of the top-selling Toyota Hilux will contest the 2013 Dakar Rally in South America....