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Delta 4x4 recreates 1982 Suzuki LJ80 Paris-Dakar rally car

By Tristan Tancredi, 18 Jun 2019 News

Delta 4x4 Suzuki LJ80 Paris-Dakar rally car news

2019 Suzuki Jimny morphs into classic LJ80 Paris-Dakar rally car.

DELTA 4x4, a tuning house based in Germany, has spun its spanners on the all-new Jimny to pay homage to the Dakar-conquering 1982 Suzuki LJ80.

That classic LJ80 was steered in the 1982 Paris-Dakar Rally by two Germans – Schneck and Loder – over 20 demanding days of desert racing, with the little Suzi successfully making it to the finish line on Lac Rose; although, the duo wasn’t recognised in the official rating due to a gear malfunction that required an overnight fix.

The current recreation of the 1982 Dakar rally car – wearing identical livery and sponsor logos – utilises a 2019 Suzuki Jimny which has been raised 30mm courtesy of added spaces and shock absorbers, while an additional 50mm of height is due to a specially developed body lift kit.

Fender flares guard 16x8-inch Legacy Forged one-piece alloy wheels wrapped with Mickey Thompson 285/70 R16 rubber, an additional headlight is mounted behind the driver’s side mirror, and additional kit available from Delta 4x4 will include a front bracket, headlamps, rock sliders and a roof rack.

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The recreated Dakar rally car adds €8,500 ($14,000 approx.) worth of kit.