Starting from Monaco on the 30th December 2018, the 11th Edition of the Africa Eco Race consisted of 15 days of intense competitive adventure full of surprises and challenges following the tracks of Dakar founder Thierry Sabine.
Competitors covered a total distance of 6,022 kilometres of which 4,014 kilometres were special stages, mostly off-road on sandy tracks and mountainous dunes.
The formidable team “Enduring 2000 Racing” (supported by Isuzu Motors International Operations (Thailand) Co., Ltd.) won the T1.2 diesel four-wheel drive class and finished in 18th place outright. There were 45 vehicles that started the race and only 36 that actually finished.
The superb 1.9-litre turbo Isuzu D-Max with its original engine containing standard components along with a standard gearbox and drivetrain tackled the amazing Moroccan desert, the savage Mauritanian and Senegalese landscapes to cross the finish line at the famous pink lake of Senegal, Rose Lac, completing every tough race kilometre and obstacle along the way.
The Isuzu D-Max’s array of features and options make it a logical choice for a working pick-up. Its Rally proven turbo diesel engine meets Euro 6 standards without the need for AdBlue, unlike most of its competitors, and boasts a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, over 1 tonne payload while providing a quiet, economical driving experience. The breadth of the range also impresses – with single, extended and double-cab formats available, as well as a wide choice of trim levels.
As per previous D-Max models, Shift-On-The-Fly 4×4 is a key feature of the truck. The rotary dial allows the driver to select four-wheel drive as well as low range gears while Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist are fitted across the range.
Coupled with its attractive five-year/125,000-mile warranty package and 5 years’ roadside assistance (in the UK & Europe), the Isuzu D-Max has proved it was truly built for the professionals who use it.
Isuzu UK Head of Marketing, George Wallis commented: “Winning our class in this formidable rally yet again demonstrates the Isuzu D-Max’s performance, capability and durability. It also re-enforces the reasons why the award-winning Isuzu D-Max can’t stop picking up awards.”
It has already had a successful 2019, being crowned ‘Pick-Up of The Year’ at the 2019 WhatVan? Awards and in the Pick-up & 4×4 Pro Awards 2019 not to mention being voted ‘Best Model’ in the 4×4 Magazine awards.
Recently winning its 5th Award of 2019, Best Working Pick-up in the Professional Pickup & 4×4 awards, this success follows immediately on from winning the 2019 Best Workhorse Pick-up Award from Trade Van Driver.