Of the four vehicles that are set to take part in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge, NHRA Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown’s Sequoia Family Dragster Concept is just about the most ridiculous of the bunch. And we mean ridiculous in a good way.
This SEMA -bound project, aptly nicknamed the "DragQuoia" was built with one goal in mind: straight line speed.
So Antron Brown went to work to make sure that no stones were left unturned in making this vehicle the fastest of the four in the competition. The first and most important order of business was to give the Sequoia a TRD-supercharged engine with nitrous, netting an insane output of over 650 horsepower. From there, Brown and his team fitted a new set of 21.5" rear tires and worked on customizing the chassis fabrication to remove well over 1,600 lbs in what they describe as "non-essential" weight.
From there, the team took the interior to fit the Sequoia with four individual racing seats, each coming with its own five-point racing harness. There’s also a child-size version with its own harness in the back for the little one, further illustrating the massive irony of this build. Finally, to enhance the vehicle’s safety credentials, Brown added a full custom roll cage and a tail-mounted parachute.
"It’s...a special vehicle with a little hint of NHRA twisted all the way in it, with a lot of horsepower,” Brown said. “It’s fast…from my house to the grocery store!”
The man isn’t exaggerating.
The DragQuoia will be one of four vehicles that are part of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Fans will get the chance to vote once per day on their favorite model via Toyota Racing’s Facebook page from October 20 to 29. The winning vehicle will take home $50,000, which will go to the driver’s charity of choice.
UPDATE 11/03/12: The Toyota Sequoia Family Dragster didn’t take home the hardware of the Toyota Racing Dream Challenge, but it did walk away with the Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Gran Turismo Award for Best Truck or SUV at the 2012 SEMA Show. Big ups to the "DragQuoia" for the achievement!
When Toyota released the full-sized Sequoia, buyers stood up and took notice as this known-for-compact-cars company decided it was breaking its own mold by taking on the bug American SUVs head on. Here we are 12 years into the Sequoia’s run and it has consistently received rave reviews from owners and experts alike.
The current rendition has been around since 2008 and it is starting to get a little long in the tooth. Unfortunately, we don’t have any evidence that Toyota is planning to completely overhaul its full-size SUV any time soon. We do, however, have some new details regarding the 2013 model year, which may be a sign that a revamping of the body is coming in the next few years.
The vast majority of the upgrades to the 2013 Sequoia involved technology and comfort, but there are some minor mechanical upgrades that call for a little bit of attention. So, can the aging Sequoia keep itself near the top of the heap in the full-size SUV realm?
Click past the jump to read all about the 2013 Sequoia and find out if it can stay afloat.
There have been numerous reports that the Toyota Sequoia will be exterminated, but those appear to be false. The Japanese automaker’s SUV – which is built in Indiana – has seen a massive sales drop, down 36 percent from last year’s numbers.
Despite these horrid sales numbers, Toyota still feels confident in the big SUV.
“Sequoia continues to be a profitable, high-quality vehicle for Toyota and several years remain in the life of the current generation,” the automaker said in a release sent out to the media.
While the Sequoia is suffering, the 4Runner is flourishing. The three-row SUV has seen its sales double, to 21,953, in the first six months of the year.
The massive Sequoia will likely continue the way it is for a few more years and after that, it seems like that will be it for the SUV. We would expect the 2012 would be its last year.
Toyota announced prices for the facelift version Tundra and Sequoia. The prices for Tundra will range between $22,960 for the Regular Cab 4x2 standard bed with a V6 engine and equipped with a Work Truck Package to $42,155 for the CrewMax Limited 4x4 with a 5.7-liter V8 engine.
Prices for Sequoia will range from $38,530 for the SR5 4x2 with a new 4.6-liter V8 engine to $58,905 for the Platinum 4x4 with a 5.7-liter V8.
Toyota announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the all-new second-generation 2008 Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV), ranging from $34,150 to $55,600. A 5.7-liter V8 engine is now available. In addition to an improvement of 105 horsepower, fuel economy was increased by nearly 12 percent on the highway compared to the standard 4.7-liter V8. The 5.7-liter engine is certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II) and provides an available towing capacity of 10,000 lbs.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A, Inc., unveiled the second-generation Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle at a press conference today at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sequoia is completely new for 2008, with a new body, a new interior, a new chassis, an available new 5.7L V8 engine/six-speed transmission combination and an increased focus on efficiency, performance and driver/passenger comfort.
The new Toyota Sequoia SUV has been spotted in lightly camouflaged form testing in the States. The SUV is expected to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show next February. Predictably, the Sequoia looks a lot like the Tundra on which it is based. It is expected to have the same powertrain options, too. Overall, the vehicle has the same rounded, somewhat overstuffed, lines first popularized by the Ford (...)
The Toyota Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) continues into 2006 with minor enhancements after gaining a more powerful engine, freshened styling and additional safety features for 2005. The optional SR5 Sport Package introduced for 2005 gains standard second-row cloth bucket seats with a center console for 2006, and two new exterior colors, Timberland Mica and Salsa Red Pearl, have been added.