Published on November 4th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Isuzu MU-X Engineered In Sydney For Dakar Rally In 2015
Sydney-based Isuzu Motorsports has confirmed its race-prepared Isuzu MU-X will take on the toughest offroad competition, the Dakar Rally, next year. While this year Adrian Di Lallo and co-driver Rodger Pedersen took out class wins and fifth outright in their Isuzu MU-X at the 3000km Australiasian Safari in outback Western Australia, Di Lallo and his team are now setting their sights on an even more gruelling 8500km safari.
The Dakar features 15 competitive stages set through three countries, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia and last year less than half of the 713 competitors from 51 countries finished the race. Di Lallo lines up for his second Dakar following a stint in the Isuzu D-Max ute in 2013 that saw the team place 38th outright. Sitting beside him in the passenger’s seat will be Harry Suzuki of four previous Dakar’s experience.
Based on a showroom-ready 4×4 LS-M specification, the MU-X has been re-engineered to race at Isuzu Motorsport’s Sydney headquarters. Its 3.0-litre turbo-diesel now makes “close to” 180kW of power and 600Nm of torque, up from 130kW/380Nm in the road-going version. Isuzu says the ‘International T2’ class in which the MU-X will compete has been designed “for slightly modified production-based vehicles”.