You’re chances of being an F1 Champion are strongly tied to your desire and your drive (no pun intended), but what is there more to it than that? What if your country of origin, your family wealth and your age have a thing to do with it? If we go by the following infographic developed by our friends at Carbuzz, there are several biases that aspiring racers might want to consider.
Toyota HiLux Wins 2019 Dakar Rally
The win a first in a number of ways and couldn’t have come at a better time for the driver.
A Toyota HiLux came out on top in the 2019 Dakar Rally, marking the first time that Toyota has won the grueling desert race overall. Man and machine proved more than capable and reliable enough to win every one of the 10 stages in the South American rally.
Fielded by Toyota Gazoo Racing of South Africa, the rally-modified pickup truck was also the first gasoline-powered vehicle ever to win a Dakar Rally since the competition was moved to South America from Africa in 2009 for safety reasons. It was manned by driver Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar and his navigator Mathieu Baumel from France.
As it turned out, Al-Attiyah turned 43 years old on January 17, the day his team won the rally. He now has three Dakar titles under his belt.
“We are so happy to win the Dakar, not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team,” Al Attiyah said in a statement. “Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this.”
In the same race, a Toyota Land Cruiser won the Production Division category for the sixth consecutive year, and a Hino Ranger (Hino is Toyota’s heavy duty truck subsidiary) won its tenth consecutive year in the Truck category.
The HiLux has been Toyota’s main pickup truck globally for decades and shares little with the Tacoma sold in North America.
2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Celebrates The GT’s Le Mans Win
It’s been 50 years since the Ford GT won the the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In celebration of the anniversary, Ford used Pebble Beach 2018 to show off a Heritage Edition of the latest Ford GT supercar, mimicking the original Le Mans-winning car as much as possible.
The GT Heritage Edition features the same American Gulf Oil paint scheme as the 1968 GT40, as well as exposed carbon fiber A-pillars. It rides on unique 20-inch black aluminum wheels, the Brembo brakes feature orange calipers, and the mirror caps are have been painted in silver.
For those who just can’t seem to get enough of carbon fiber, there is an optional package that adds exposed carbon fiber accents inside and out. Buyers can also opt to have number nine graphics on the hood and on doors for the 2019 model year and number six graphics for the 2020 model year to honor the GT40 that won Le Mans in 1969.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations, stated:
“Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports. The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition.”
Inside, the GT Heritage Edition’s seats and instrument panel are wrapped in Ebony Alcantara, as are the pillars, headliner and steering wheel. The seats and steering wheel also boast contrasting blue and orange stitching. A Unique serialized identification plate rounds things out.
Ford will produce the GT Heritage Edition for the 2019 and 2020 model years.
Toyota Wins 24 Hours Of Le Mans For Its First Time Ever
Toyota won the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, marking the first time ever that the Japanese automaker has taken home a win.
The historic win is made more monumental by the fact that not only did Toyota take first place, but it also took the number two spot. Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso in the #8 TS050 Hybrid started from pole position and took the chequered flag, while Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López finished behind in the #7 TS050 Hybrid.
The victory marks only the second time in history that a Japanese automaker has won the race. Little ol’ Mazda won it back in 1991.
A jubilant Kazuki Nakajima stated:
“It’s great to be here finally; it has been a long time. I am almost speechless. I had great team-mates and Toyota gave us a very strong car. We finished the race without any issue on both cars so I feel we all deserved to win the race. To win this race has been a big dream for all of Toyota since 1985. There have been many people involved in this project so I am proud to be here to represent all that effort.”
Before this win, Toyota had entered 47 cars at Le Mans and finished on the podium six times.