2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro to Race 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000Posted in News on August 6, 2014 Comment (0)
Toyota has just announced that it will be entering one of their 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro series trucks at the 47th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 later this year to take on all 1,130 miles of brutal Baja terrain for the ultimate test of man and machine.
Toyota claims that the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro series truck has been lightly modified to compete in the Full Size Stock Class on November 12-16 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. In our opinion, there’s a pretty big difference between a stock TRD Pro Tundra and this race version which is pretty obvious when you see what they have sticking through the bed out back. What you’ll see is none other than a set of Bilstein Blackhawk bypass shocks working with a pair of Deaver leaf springs which in our opinion is far from what a stock truck is. Bilstein Blackhawk bypass shocks are not your average monotube shock absorber, they are one of the best off-road racing shocks out on the market and it’s got one at each corner to help soak up the bumps.
The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Baja 1000 race truck rolls on a set of 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR race tires to make it through the harshest terrain that Baja has to offer. A 2-inch .120-inch wall Chromoly roll cage will keep the occupants safe while hitting high speeds in rough terrain.
Despite the super gnarly shocks, Toyota and TRD have their work cut out for them. Finishing a race is still as difficult as it was when the “Ironman” Ivan Stewart blazed across the desert in the single seat Trophy Truck. This time around they will be fielding a new production full-size truck in the most brutal off-road race in the world while attempting to overcome every whoop, G-out, booby-trap, silt bed and dangerously sharp turn from Ensenada to La Paz.
Since desert racing is a team effort, TRD made sure to bring out the big guns for this and made Ivan “Ironman” Stewart the team coach which will no doubt bring a lot of valuable experience to their race efforts. Ivan Stewart is an off-road racing legend with 22 SCORE Baja 500 and 1000 wins under his belt.
If you thought Toyota wasn’t serious about off-road racing, think again. Toyota’s Chief Engineer of Trucks, Mike Sweers, will be navigating from the Co-pilot’s seat. Toyota has also enlisted other members of its team to share driving duties throughout the 1,130 mile race across the treacherous Baja Peninsula. Ted Moncure (Toyota Racing Development Design Engineer), who has a few Baja wins under his belt will be sharing driving duties with Toyota Athlete Andy Bell (SCORE Baja 500 Champion), Toyota Athlete and professional BMX Vert Rider Jamie Bestwick and Ryan Millen who’s no stranger to the Baja 1000.
While we have no doubt that the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro will be a competitive race vehicle in the Full-Size stock class, we’re anxious to see how it all shakes out. Baja is an unpredictable place but one thing is for certain, there will be a battle out in the deserts of Baja and we’re hoping the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro gets to square off against some of the other OEM’s, specifically one who’s been tight lipped about fielding an aluminum bodied full-size truck with a small twin turbo V-6 engine.