One thing to consider about racing: it is hot and intense and physical. The constant strain raises drivers’ core temps amid hot cockpits and little rest over the race.
On the Baja 1000 — those sensations of any track race are thrown into a rock crusher.
The ride is ROUGH at the huge speeds these Baja 1000 competitors hit on the way to the tip of California. Imagine 85-mph with periodic huge jumps, crash landings, and hard impacts over uneven sandy clay rock.
So after that huge race, you’d be thirsty?
You will be famished and grabbing any fluids nearby. So let’s look at what winners drink in a few races:
— Formula One: Champagne.
— Indy 500: A Huge Glass of Dairy Milk
— Baja 1000? A giant Tecate canned beer. On the Pacific beach paradise?
Godspeed, Tecate Tundra!
The 2014 race happens in November, and the Tundra TRD Pro will go on sale around that time or shortly before.
The Baja 1000 Tundra’s biggest upgrades are gnarly racing wheels/tires/roll-cage and rally lighting. Otherwise, a the race truck is a totally stock 2015 Tundra TRD Pro.
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Baja 1000
2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series Set to Get Dirty in SCORE Baja 1000 Race
Tundra Chief Engineer Puts Truck Through Ultimate Test
August 05, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (August 5, 2014) – Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Toyota Truck Chief Engineer, Mike Sweers, enter the new 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The lightly modified Tundra Pro Series will compete in the Full Size Stock Class this November 12-16 in Ensenada, Mexico.
“My job is to ensure that the Tundra exceeds the expectations and demands of every single one of its owners,” said Sweers, Chief Engineer of Toyota Pickup Trucks. “With over 1,000 miles of harsh terrain, The Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving grounds for research and development that helps us to continuously improve our trucks.”
For 35 years and counting, TRD has been an integral component in Toyota’s success in the U.S., not only in numerous motorsports racing victories, but in the area of high quality performance parts and accessories. When TRD began developing the 2015 TRD Pro Series, they applied their many years of successful racing experience to make sure it was worthy of wearing the TRD Pro name.
“Competing in the Full Size Stock class allows our team to test the Tundra TRD Pro as close to stock as possible and showcase its strength and durability in the Mexican desert’s treacherous terrain,” said Andrew Franceschini, Toyota truck marketing and communications national manager. “Our goal is to finish this grueling race and to showcase just how awesome the new TRD Pro Series trucks are.”
2014 Toyota Tundra
TRD Pro Desert Race Team
Ivan “Ironman” Stewart – Legendary Toyota Off-Road Racer, Off-Road Hall of Fame Member / 22-time SCORE Baja 500 and 1000 Champion / San Diego, CA
Mike Sweers – Chief Engineer of Toyota Trucks / Ann Arbor, MI
Ted Moncure – Toyota Racing Development Design Engineer / SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 class-champion / Torrance, CAAndy Bell – Toyota Athlete / SCORE Baja 500 Champion / Guinness World Record holder Long Beach, CA
Jamie Bestwick – Toyota Athlete / Professional BMX Vert Rider / 9-time winner X-Games Winner / Port Matilda, PA
Ryan Millen – SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 Competitor / Son of off-road legend Rod Millen / San Juan Capistrano, CA
TRD Pro Series
The TRD Pro Series is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road package was introduced for Tacoma. Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road packages designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). For more details on the TRD Pro Series visit: http://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/trdpro.html
TRD Pro Desert Race Truck Specs
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Crewmax 4×4 5.7L V8
TRD tuned-Blackhawk Bypass
TRD tuned-Blackhawk Bypass
37″ Baja T/A KR
TRD Performance Brake Pads
Tube Roll Cage
2″ .120 Wall Chromoly
3 Qt. Capacity
Race Seats (Qty. 3)
Seat Harnesses & Window Nets
A Pillar Lights
LED Rally 4000
Cold Air Intake
Custom Cold Air
Custom Cat-back Exhaust
TK-790H 110 Watts
Comlink 10 Elite
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