The lightly race-prepped TRD Pro Tundra is back from Baja — with a win!
The TRD Pro Tundra jumped and roared its giant V8 the 1200 miles to the finish line in first place, then cruised home the 1000 miles back to the start line for good measure. Was it showroom-fresh upon arrival back to Toyota headquarters in Torrance?
Not exactly! A huge gash in the sheetmetal and rear fender shows the fury of racing. But the fact that the TRD Pro Tundra continued on its mission is impressive.
A solid achievement and vote of confidence in the new TRD Pro package’s upgrades and accessories. The TRD Pro Tundra stickers from about $43,000 and is available in showrooms now.
Included here are the details of the Ironman-led Baja 1000 win, plus a big set of photos showing the TRD Pro SEMA truck.
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro – SEMA Show Truck
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 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Wins Class at Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
November 18, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., November 18, 2014 — The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck not only raced for over 1,200 miles to a first place finish at the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, it was also driven an additional 1,000 miles back to the start line of the race. The Toyota team was first to the finish line in its “Full Stock” class, led by team coach and legendary Toyota off-road racer Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, and piloted by Toyota engineers and Toyota athletes.
“The Baja 1000 is another test to ensure that Toyota trucks continue to exceed the expectations of our customers,” said Toyota Pickup Trucks Chief Engineer Mike Sweers. “The combination of excellent teamwork and Toyota’s quality, dependability and reliability not only got us to the finish line, but it got us there first.”
Toyota has a storied off-road racing heritage dating back to the 1980s, racking up 304 off-road wins. Toyota has earned 27 manufacturer’s championships and 28 off-road driver’s championships. For more than three decades, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has been an integral component of Toyota’s success in motorsports victories as well as in designing high-quality performance parts and accessories.
The TRD Pro Series is the most advanced, to date, in a long line of TRD trim levels for Toyota trucks. It consists of TRD-tuned suspension and aggressive accessories purpose-built for the rigors of off-roading. The TRD Pro parts and accessories line give Toyota owners a race-proven option for customizing their trucks.
“Winning the Full Size Stock class helps us demonstrate just how robust the new 2015 TRD Pro Series trucks are,” said Andrew Franceschini, Toyota truck marketing and communications national manager.
A trio of chase vehicles including a 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra made the trip down to Baja and provided the race truck with fuel, tires and crew support.
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
Samantha Stone – Toyota Production Engineer
Ted Moncure – Toyota Racing Development Design Engineer/SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 class-champion/Long Beach, CA
Andy Bell – Toyota Athlete/SCORE Baja 500 Champion/Guinness World Record holder/Long Beach, CA
Jamie Bestwick – Toyota Athlete/Professional BMX Vert Rider/9-time X-Games winner/Port Matilda, PA
Ryan Millen – SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 Competitor/Son of off-road and rally legend Rod Millen/San Juan Capistrano, CA
Zach Zwillinger – TRD Design Engineer
Matt Weal – TRD Design Engineer
Mike Jarboe – Toyota Quality Engineer
Mark Sasaki – Toyota Quality Engineer
TRD Pro Series Trucks
The TRD Pro Series is the most advanced yet, to date, in a long line of TRD model trim levels 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 models designed
by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). For more details on TRD Pro, visit: http://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/trdpro.html
High-resolution images of the Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck and the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 are available at www.toyotanewsroom.com.
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax 4×4 5.7L V8
|Front Shocks||Bilstein||TRD-tuned Black Hawk Bypass|
|Rear Shocks||Bilstein||TRD-tuned Black Hawk Bypass|
|Tires||BFG||37” Baja T/A KR|
|Brakes||Toyota||TRD performance brake pads|
|Tube Roll Cage||Herbst Smith Fabrication||2” .120-wall chromoly|
|Oil Accumulator||Accu-Sump||3-qt. capacity|
|TRD Pro Front Grille||Toyota||TRD Pro component|
|TRD Pro Embossed Bed||Toyota||TRD Pro component|
|TRD Shift Knob||Toyota||TRD component|
|Fuel Cell||Fuel Safe||Custom|
|Race Seats (Qty. 3)||Mastercraft||3G|
|Seat Harnesses & Window Nets||Mastercraft|
|A-Pillar Lights||Hella||LED Rallye 4000|
|Intake||TRD||Custom Cold Air|
|Exhaust||TRD||Custom Cat-back Exhaust|
|Control Arms||Toyota||OEM Component|
|Tie Rods||Toyota||OEM Component|
|Wheel Bearings||Toyota||OEM Component|
|Race Radio||Kenwood||TK-790H 110 Watts|
|Intercom||PCI||Comlink 10 Elite|
|Gears||Nitro Gears||4.88:1 Ring & Pinon|
Toyota, the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com/usa.
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
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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