PWR Performance Products and Isuzu Motorsports Australia is competing in the gruelling Dakar off-road en-durance race that began with a ceremonial start in Buenos Aires on January 3, 2015. In an Isuzu MU-X ‘International FIA T2’ production class car using a PWR Performance Products cooling pack-age, Western Australian driver Adrian Di Lallo and co-driver Harry Suzuki (NSW) will cover 9,111 kilometres, of which 4,578 kilometres are competitive stages, through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile over 14 days.
Built from a showroom-spec 4×4 model, the Isuzu MU-X retains its standard three-litre turbo-diesel engine but has been tuned to maximum capacity to produce close to 180kW of power and 600Nm of torque (up from 130kW / 380Nm).
The ‘International FIA T2’ production class permits only safety and minimum modification to vehicles, whereas the ‘FIA T1’ full-specification competition Dakar car is heavily modified and often has little similarity to the one on the showroom floor except for the body shape.
Designed to be the ultimate test between man and machine, the Dakar setting and pace will change each day, moving from rocky routes to desert dunes, from endurance stages to extreme sprints. Stage 7 is a marathon stage, split over two days and permits only competitors to work on their cars overnight without the assistance from their service crew. On the marathon stage, competitors will stay overnight in an isolated bivouac at the Uyuni salt plains. A total of 665 competitors from 53 nations will start Dakar in Buenos Aires on January 4, 2015 in 414 vehicles, 164 motorcycles, 138 cars, 48 quad bikes and 64 trucks. The event is a loop course finishing in Buenos Aires on January 17, 2015.