Toyota Tundra Designed by Tim Love is the Ultimate SEMA Tailgater
Celebrity Chef Turns Tundra Into Mobile Grill
Truck enthusiasts are used to seeing a number of abbreviations on a truck’s spec sheet, including hp, lb-ft, and EGT. However, celebrity chef Tim Love is adding one more to that list: BTU. Love teamed up with Toyota and Divine 1 Customs to bring a specially prepped Tundra pickup to the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, turning the truck into the ultimate barbecue grill.
The Tim Love Tundra features a Solaire 27-inch infrared grill that puts out 24,000 BTUs. The truck also has two beer taps, cold storage coolers, and two cutting boards, all of which conspire to help Love craft his signature “urban western” dishes. The truck saw its first tailgate duty at the Tennessee-Alabama game on October 25.
The grill-on-wheels is also equipped with a massive Rockford Fosgate audio system with six speakers, two subwoofers, and three amplifiers. Three Samsung LED TVs, a PlayStation 4, and Apple TV round out the Tundra’s entertainment system, ensuring that Love’s customers have plenty to entertain them while they wait for their food. A fully automated Leer bed topper houses the electronics, while the tailgate telescopes rearward (rather than flipping down) to reveal the cooking surface.
While the truck is primarily designed for grillin’ duty, it’s also got some useful performance enhancements over a stock Tundra. 22-inch DPR wheels and 33-inch Toyo mud tires, a Ready Lift 2-inch leveling kit, N-Fab nerf bars and light bars, and Rigid LED lighting make the Tim Love Tundra a bit more capable and rugged. Bushwacker fender flares, a Thule roof rack system, and color-matched exterior accents further improve appearance and functionality.
The truck would no doubt be expensive to recreate, but before you scoff at its value proposition, remember this: You can cook with this Tundra, but you’d never be able to drive your grill.