A ramp in the bed uses a remote control system, allowing a single person to load in the bi
Let’s face it: Seat heaters and nav systems are nice, but when it comes right down to it, the most important part of a pickup is not a gadget or gizmo in the cab—it’s the bed. Toyota understands that and, with this 2009 Tundra featured at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show last year, wanted to demonstrate just how useful the bed of a pickup can be. That’s why the guys who created this one-of-a-kind hauler focused so much on the back half of the truck.
The idea was to create a pickup that a racer could use to haul a motorcycle, all necessary tools, and suit without the need for an additional support vehicle. Other important goals were to make it possible for one person to load and unload the bike, and give the truck a design that would match the appearance and quality of the Ducati that the Tundra carries.
The Toyota Motorsports garage served as headquarters for the build, and the first priority was to make the bed the ideal place for a rider’s gear and motorcycle. The truck started out as a CrewMax, which is available with the 5.5-foot short bed. Toyota swapped in the 6.5-foot bed from another Tundra and, anticipating the work to be done, reinforced the frame.
The original bedsides were filled with foam and reinforced with sheet carbon fiber. A chai
The back of the truck was turned into essentially a commercial-grade toolbox, with dividers and storage areas provided by USAG, known for its tools as well as the applications it offers for commercial vehicles. It also happens to be the official tool supplier for Ducati. To make the truck more functional for its specialized purpose, Toyota opted to make the bedsides flip up and down. The designers took the original bedsides, filled them with foam and reinforced them with sheet carbon fiber, and integrated a chain-driven setup that would bring the sides up or down. It’s operated through a computer-controlled system that is completely silent when the sides go up. The original bed floor is still there (now lined with carbon fiber and polished stainless steel) as are the back wall and tailgate. All the storage was built specifically for this truck, and when the bedsides are down, all shelving and tools are hidden from prying eyes. Cool features on board include a compressor and nitrogen tank, plus pop-up solar panels. At the track, these panels would serve as the power source for an inverter and a separate heavy-duty battery pack, which has enough capacity for whatever power you’d need during a full day of racing. There’s even a hanger where a rider can hang the race suit to let it air out between sessions.