TRD 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra Will Provide Race Support
TORRANCE, Calif., The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck will not be alone when it heads down to Ensenada, Mexico to compete in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Three specially prepared chase trucks built by renowned off-road fabricator N-Fab will support the Tundra race truck in attacking the notoriously difficult desert race. The Baja 1000 is known for its penchant for breaking down both man and machine, making support vehicles all the more crucial for survival let alone victory.
“With over 1,000 miles of harsh terrain, the Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving grounds for research and development; it helps us to continuously improve our trucks,” said Mike Sweers, chief engineer of Toyota Pickup Trucks. “This race will not only test the race truck, but the three chase trucks as well. All of the trucks have to be up to the task in order to finish this tough race.”
Winning off-road races is not something new for Toyota or Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Toyota’s off-road racing heritage is one of utter dominance over the competition – 303 off-road wins, 27 manufacturer’s championships and 28 off-road driver’s championships. At the helm of his famously indestructible Toyota trophy trucks, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart captured 11 Baja 500 and two Baja 1000 wins. He’ll serve as the race team’s coach and mentor as they head down to connect past and present in Baja.
The build shop at N-Fab equipped all three trucks to traverse Baja’s diverse terrain, carry gear that may be needed in a pinch and facilitate constant radio communication. “It’s a big deal for N-Fab and a big deal for TRD,” said N-Fab CEO Thomas Fichter. “We’re excited to go out there and prove that Toyota and the TRD Pro line of components are worthy for the off-road market.”
Source; Auto Blog & Toyota