Toyota and TRD Bring Past, Future to SEMA
Tuned TRD Pro Models Join Ironman’s Trophy Truck
Toyota announced its plans for the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show today, and hardcore off-road fans should take notice. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) will be bringing together upgraded TRD Pro editions of its 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra vehicles, as well as the race-prepped Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck.
Foremost of these vehicles is the Tundra race truck, which will compete in the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in the Full Size Stock class. The TRD-prepped truck is equipped with Bilstein front and rear shocks, Eibach front coil springs, and Deaver rear leaf springs. As you might expect, the truck also comes with Lowrance GPS navigation, a Kenwood race radio, racing seats by Mastercraft, and Hella off-road lighting for the front light bar and A-pillars.
Other than that, all of the functional parts on the Tundra are TRD or Toyota original equipment, including TRD forged wheels, cold-air intake, and cat-back exhaust. The wheel bearings, hubs, and primary suspension components are showroom-stock. If the truck does well in the demanding Baja 1000 race, it’ll prove that Toyota knows how to engineer a durable truck. Baja legend Ivan Stewart will serve as the TRD team’s coach, hopefully guiding four drivers and two navigators to success.
Three custom TRD Pro chase vehicles, built by legendary off-road fabricator N-Fab, will provide support to the Tundra Desert Race Truck. The Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner chase vehicles all feature bright LED light bars, custom interiors, Smittybilt exterior armor and winches, and sophisticated racing radio and navigation equipment. Chase vehicles may not see as much action as race trucks, but they nevertheless must endure the dry, sandy Mexican climate and terrain while carrying team tools and replacement parts, so these trucks have their work cut out for them.
If that’s not enough to get you excited for Toyota's SEMA booth, one of Stewart’s own race trucks will be on hand as well. That’s right, one of the Trophy Trucks that Ironman himself has driven to numerous victories at Baja will join its younger brothers in Las Vegas. It’s a case of old-meets-new, and we can’t wait to see it in person at SEMA in a week.