Toyota Land Cruiser Equipped with Toyo Tires Wins T2 Production Car Category at 2023 Dakar Rally

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Toyo Tires
Published on
January 23, 2023

Toyo Tires is celebrating a major victory at the 2023 Dakar Rally, held in Saudi Arabia from December 31, 2022 to January 15, 2023.

The company announced that a Toyota Land Cruiser equipped with Open Country MT/R Tires won the T2, Production car category in the highly-competitive event.

Picture left side: Vehicle equipped with Open Country M/TR / right side: Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body achieves 10 consecutive wins.

Toyo Tires participated in the rally with Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body, providing LT285/70R17 Open Country MT/R off-road Tyres for both of the Toyota Land Cruiser cars. The company has been supporting Team Toyota Land Cruiser (TLC) in the Dakar Rally since 2021, and announced last year that they would continue to support their participation in this rally.

The Open Country MT/R Tyres were developed to improve performance on rough roads such as rocky areas and deserts, and were also environmentally friendly, using sustainable materials. This included using butadiene rubber and styrene-butadiene rubber derived from biomass in the tread, carcass ply, and sidewall, and recycled bead wire as a recycled material.

Despite damages and technical issues, both TLC cars finished the 8,500km race and achieved a one-two finish, with Ronald Basso/Jean Michel Polato's car taking first place and Takashi Miura/Laurent Lichtleuchter's car taking second place. This resulted in TLC celebrating 10 consecutive victories in this division.

"This time, we fought with the Open Country MT/R, which has been improved to maximize the performance of the Land Cruiser 300, and we were able to achieve our 10th consecutive victory in the production vehicle category at the Dakar Rally 2023. The dune stages of this year's race were tough, as there were many difficult spots that could only have been cleared with the combination of Land Cruiser 300 and Open Country MT/R, but I am glad that we were able to take advantage of the strengths of joint development."
TLC Director Yuji Kadoya

This victory is a testament to the quality and performance of Toyo Tyres and the company's commitment to providing sustainable and environmentally friendly products.

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