Isuzu D-MAX powers Rally Driving Immersion Project

October 09,2019

From left, Yasuhiko Oyama (Vice President for Sales of Isuzu Philippines Corporation), IPC Vice President Shojiro Sakoda, IPC President Hajime Koso, and Angelo Perez, editor-in-chief of Wheels Magazine

ISUZU Philippines Corp. has thrown its full support to the Rally Driving Immersion Project (RDIP) wherein motoring media personalities were able to get behind the wheel of a rally-prepped truck to experience rally driving, the project moves forward in providing the participants with formal training on rally driving techniques to be given by top rally drivers of the Philippines.

The RDIP, in partnership with the Philippine Rally School (PRS) and the Philippine Rallycross Series (PHRX) held a one-day Rally Clinic for the motoring media participants last October 5 at the rallycross facility of the Pradera Verde Estates in Lubao, Pampanga.

The PRS, with veteran rally drivers Jun Magno, Steve Acayan, and Denise Santos, taught the participants the basics of rally driving in a controlled dirt course, including proper driving position, rally lines (late apex), braking, car control on loose surface, basic maneuvers, and driving on a skid pad.

The Rally Clinic was envisioned to provide the motoring journalists with an in-depth knowhow about car-control so that they will be able to relay to their readers the real capabilities, along with power, and performance, of the cars they test for their respective publications.

The powerful and reliable Isuzu D-MAX 3.0-liter 4×4 AT is the vehicle of choice for the RDIP. With its powerful 4JJ1-TC 4-Cylinder In-line DOHC Diesel engine with Turbo Intercooler 163 Ps mx power and 380 n-m torque.

Recently, IPC launched the New D-MAX LS-A with powerful and fuel-efficient 4JJ1-TCX 3.0-liter 4-cylinder In-line Blue Power Diesel engine with VGS turbo intercooler that generates 177 PS @ maximum power and 380 Nm @ maximum torque. Initially available in 4×4 variant. Enclosed, the D-MAX is the perfect ride for this event.

A brainchild of veteran motoring journalist Anjo Perez, the RDIP aims to help raise the popularity of the event rally racing through the experiential ride and drive event for the media. “It is usually the motoring media who writes about these races, and it would only be fitting for them to experience and know exactly what a rally driver experiences during a race,” Perez said. “Hopefully after undergoing the Rally Driving Immersion Project, it will enable the motoring journalists to convey first person experience of the events or situations that transpires during the event.

Powering the project is Isuzu Philippines Corporation fielding their ever-reliable Isuzu D-Max pickup truck. Providing surefootedness on the loose roads of BlackRhino Wheels, and Nitto Tires. Improving the visibility is PIAA, SONAX and CTEK, with Ichiro Motor Oils improving engine performance. Making sure that the D-Max is always well lubricated is Wuerth Philippines, while RedBull provides added strength for the participants.

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