SEMA Video: Toyota Tundra Baja 1000 Race Truck

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In an attempt to prove the capability and toughness of the new Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, the chief engineer for Tundra had a great idea: “Let's take the truck to the Baja 1000 and race the snot out of it.” Needless to say, when the chief engineer wants to go racing, there are plenty of people in the marketing department who will jump right onboard.

We got a look at it during the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. In this video we take a closer look at this lightly modified Tundra, racing in the stock full class, to see how much has changed. The most significant changes come in the form of new springs and shocks, a full roll cage and five-point-harness safety belts. Other than that, there are stock-body panels, window glass and a completely unmodified engine.

We’ll have more to report on the truck after we find out how it performed in the actual race that runs Nov. 12 to 16. image by Evan Sears





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I wonder why they chose the heaviest configuration to race--a crewmax.

"lightly modified"...


Put a roll cage, seats, VHF radio, gps, lights, fuel cell, and what ever safety gear is needed and leave the rest stock.

That would be a real test.

@Lou_BC Another test would be to run it in the Dakar which is not far away. Several near stock Tundra's have attempted that race

Thanks Mark!

I cant wait to see how it does........

Who runs stock suspension (TRD Pro bilsteins or not) in Baja? How can a shock softened enough to be safe on the street be competitive in such a race where others are modified as within the rules for the class?

There are guys running around my neighbor with much more modified trucks than this.

Nice report, look forward to race coverage.

@Robert Ryan - the Dakar has little bang for the buck in the USA and even Canada. Most do not know that the race exists.

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