The former Hilux Heroes are set to become Team D-Max as they head into 2013, with a new naming-rights and vehicle sponsor Isuzu Ute Australia. Owned and operated by EMG Precision Driving, the team makes the switch after five years in Toyota HiLuxs. Before that, they were with Holden.
The Isuzu D-MAX is offered in 12 different 4x4 and 4x2 models. The team has chosen the Japanese-designed 4x2 SX Crew Cab Low-Ride for its performance fleet.
"Making the switch to a new manufacturer is a big deal for us but the timing was right and Isuzu Ute is doing incredibly well at the moment," said EMG's Wayne Boatwright, "They are one of the world's largest manufacturers of trucks and diesel engines now and the D-Max Ute has been extremely successful since it was launched in Australia in 2008."
"We've obviously got some pretty skilled drivers in the team but the shows we do are a massive test for the vehicles as well and D-Max is the real deal in terms of ruggedness and performance."
Lead driver Jack Monkhouse said it will be the first time the team has ever used diesel power. "I'm blown away by the performance of the D-Max's 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine, I can't wait for our first show," he said.
Team D-Max makes its first public appearance at the 2013 Canberra Show from February 22 to 24.