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Dakar 2014: A whiff of tempura?

One Dakar participant is likely to smell a lot more appetising than the rest.

Toyota Auto Body driver Jun Mitsuhashi (right). Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - One Dakar participant is likely to smell a lot more appetising than the rest, thanks to Toyota's bio diesel powered entrant.

A Toyota subsidiary is planning a different kind of Dakar Rally this year, entering a Land Cruiser, powered solely by bio diesel.

The fuel is made from used cooking oil.

The oil is added to a mixture of methanol and lye (sodium hydroxide).

It is then heated and left to settle.

The result is a perfectly usable fuel that emits 60 percent less carbon dioxide than regular diesel.

Speaking at the car's launch, driver Jun Mitsuhashi says he's looking forward to using the Japanese-made vehicle.

It's also likely to smell similar to a Japanese kitchen, as the cooking oil used comes from the tempura fryers.

South Africa's best hope for victory also comes from the Toyota stable.

Giniel de Villiers will use a Toyota Imperial vehicle that will operate on normal fuel.

The rally will take in some of the world's most pristine wilderness, travelling through three South American countries.

In spite of efforts to mitigate the environmental harm caused by the rally, it has come in for criticism from environmental groups.