If at some point you wonder why this Toyota Tundra looks all sorts of awesome, it’s best to know that this isn’t like any standard Tundra you’ll ever come across.
The Let’s Go Moto Tundra is one insane ultimate desert sports machine straight from the minds of Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross teammates Josh Grant and Justin Brayton. With the help of a number of aftermarket companies, Grant and Brayton managed to turn this Tundra into one that carries their image and likeness.
The open visage of the Tundra retains its standard looks, although some portions of the pickups body have been treated to some distinctive modifications. The CrewMax cab, for one, has been taken down and replaced with an eight-foot long truck bed. The custom bed can actually accommodate the length of a motocross bike and even has three TV screens that each have unique features.
The first TV screen displays a game console that you can use when you’re not in competition. The second TV screen can play DVDs, and finally, the third one displays bike engine diagnostics, an important attribute, considering that the Let’s Go Moto Tundra actually comes with a Yamaha YZ450F bike.
Other pertinent features of the Let’s Go Moto Tundra include a fridge, a power washer, a helmet dryer, hydrogen tanks, and enough space for tools and back-up gear to ensure that this Tundra comes prepared to answer your sports and entertainment needs.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Let’s Go Moto Tundra
This year, another NASCAR driver, Parker Kligerman, will team up with Kyle Busch Racing to be one of the four participants in the complete custom build of four unique Toyotas. In the case of Kligerman, he has the task of using another Camry and create a rally-inspired version that has been dubbed the "CamRally".
Meanwhile, freestyle skier Simon Dumont will be teaming up with Oakley to work on a Toyota 4Runner , or as it will be built and called, the "Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner".
Representing the world of Supercross are a pair of the sports biggest stars, Justin Brayton and Josh Grant, both of whom will collaborate with Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross to build the "Let’s Go Moto Tundra " pickup.
And finally, BMX rider Drew Bezanzon has the Toyota Corolla all to himself. He’ll still get help from Skullcandy to build what we can only imagine to be an audio box on wheels, thus its aptly named handle, the "Corolla Crusher".
All four entries will be in attendance at the SEMA Auto Show where just like last year, the fans get to decide which build stands out ahead of the pack.
Click past the jump to read about last year’s winning build, the 2013 Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition by Kyle Busch
The Toyota Tundra really needs an all-star halo truck to liven up its competent but forgettable range of full-size trucks, which are redesigned for 2014. This exclusive speculative preview of the 2015 Tundra Baja 1000 imagines how a Ford Raptor rival from Toyota would compare with the hot-selling off-roader from the segment-leading F-150 .
The Tundra reached its U.S. sales peak in 2007, when the big rig was all-new and came from its billion-dollar assembly plant right in the heart of Texas. Since then, the Tundra has struggled to even crack 100,000 units, which is a major sore spot when even the dullest Toyota sedans like the Corolla are able to rack up more than triple the total volume of the Tundra.
So what is missing from the Tundra ’s three cab styles, short and long bed options, and three engines that top out with a potent 5.7-liter V-8 making 383 horsepower? The Tundra is missing more than a few million loyal customers, first and foremost, versus the long-trenched buyers of Ram , Ford , Chevy or GMC trucks.
Even the also-ran Nissan Titan PRO-4X is trying on some new off-road hero truck ideas for next year’s all-new model. For slow-moving Toyota ? So far, the world’s most admired car maker has only dipped its toes into the pool.
The new 1794 Edition of the Tundra packs more fake silver trims than a Nokia factory, and the Toyota Racing Development 4x4 stickers its dealers like to apply do not seem to have the same effect as the Raptor ’s unique grille, huge fender flares, Fox racing suspension and sand-basted attitude.
TRD is just about the worst acronym imaginable, so this TopSpeed preview of a Tundra off-roader is dubbed the Baja 1000.
Click past the jump to get a closer look of the 2015 Toyota Tundra Baja 1000.
The 2014 truck season is in full swing, and some of the main manufacturers are launching all-new variants of their resident pickups. Chevrolet already released its new 2014 Silverado , and Ford is set to reveal its all-new 2015 F150 that will be based on the 2013 Atlas Concept .
Even SUVs are off to a good start, with the debut of the 2014 X5 and 2014 Range Rover Sport . Toyota has been waiting patiently for the pickup market to come back, and its is now set to launch the 2014 Tundra with "Truck Of The Year" aspirations.
The Tundra looks quite similar to last year’s model but if you look closer, you’ll find that it is loaded with improvements.
Toyota invited us to the woods of Georgia to test drive it and see how it does on and off the road, as well as with a trailer hitched to the back end.
The second-generation Toyota Tundra was unveiled back in 2007, but the first major update has just been unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. You shouldn’t expect any big changes though, because all the updates were limited just to the exterior and the interior. For the 2014 model year, Toyota is also adding a new "1794 Edition" - a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.
The most obvious choices include the addition of a new, taller squared-off grille, a revised front bumper design, squarer fenders and wheel wells, and an all-new bed design. It gets new sheet metal on the sides, a revised tailgate and an integrated spoiler in the deck. On the interior, updates are limited to new seats and a new-look instrument panel.
Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, meaning customers will still have to choose between three different engines.
What we would have really like would have seen are some improvements in the towing department, but maybe it will work on that later on.
Update 8/9/2013: Toyota has announced the full pricing details of the 2014 Tundra and it starts at $25,920. Plus it revealed more details on the standard features and towing capacity.
Hit the jump to read more about the Toyota Tundra.
The whole point of an event like SEMA is to show the industry the latest and greatest in the aftermarket world. So it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to see some out-of-this world projects getting their timeshine at the event.
Toyota is taking this to heart this year with the presentation of a concept Tundra that will make fishing aficionados faint with envy. The Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept is just that, the most ridiculous and geared up fishing-themed vehicle you’ll see on dry land.
With the help of pro angler Brett Meyers, Toyota went about building the vehicle to make it look like an actual Bass Pro Shop on wheels. There’s a storage system on the covered truck bed that pretty much has everything an angler will need for his fishing exploits. You name it: tackles, reels, rods, and even a refrigerator. Other features of the truck’s exterior include a custom-fabricated roof rack, Rigid Industries LED lighting and grille, custom fishing rod tubes, a 3M matte gray wrap, Bushwacker fender flares, and smoked exterior lighting.
Similarly, the interior of the Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept also comes chalk full with gear you’ll need for your fishing expeditions. It’s got a multitude of screens that can display Navionics lake-mapping options. It’s got a center console that runs from the dashboard all the way back to the rear cabin wall. About the only thing missing is the rear bench seat, which was taken out to accommodate the two fishing buckets.
Best of all though is the performance upgrade given to the Tundra, one that was accomplished with the installation of a TRD supercharger system, as well as a new exhaust system. A 12" lift kit was also installed, increasing the car’s ride height by an effective foot, and last but certainly not least, it also received a new set of 20" Mud Grappler tires and improved brakes.
It’s not your everyday fishing vehicle, but it’s certainly something every angler would want to have at their disposal.
UPDATE 11/01/12: We all know that the Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept is a vehicle unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Now, we get a better look at what makes it so after Toyota released a number of new photos of the concept truck. Check them all out in the gallery below!
NHRA Alcohol Funny Car race car driver Alexis Dejoria is the only woman competing in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. To make a splash in the competition, Dejoria took the challenge of building a custom-tuned vehicle using the biggest vehicle in the lot, a stock, full-sized Toyota Tundra.
Not lacking confidence one bit, Dejoria enlisted the help of Dale Dondel and his team at Racer Engineering to built the meanest vehicle at SEMA .
The first order of business was to make extensive modifications to the chassis and body of the Tundra. Dejoria and Racer Engineering made use of fabricated long A-arms, trailing arms, while also installing massive racing shocks, a new front and rear bumper, a new brush guard, fiberglass front and rear fenders, a dual spare tire carrier in the bed, and a new set of 17" Mehod racing wheels wrapped in Maxxis tires.
All told, the result is 20" of wheel travel in front and 24" in the rear, enough to allow the Tundra Pre-Runner to run roughshod over just about any navigable stretch of desert race territory.
Inside, the modifications include NRG racing seats with custom Hooker 7-point harnesses, a full leather-wrapped roll cage, and a high-powered JBL sound system.
Under its hood, the Tundra Pre-Runner received a 5.7-liter TRD-supercharged V8 engine fed by a custom rear-mounted fuel cell.
“I wanted to do the best possible off-road vehicle we could,” DeJoria said. “I think this is going to be the baddest vehicle at SEMA.”
Not one to make bold exaggerations, DeJoria could be on to something here, especially if her Tundra Pre-Runner somehow wins the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Voting for your favorite project is now open at the Toyota Racing Facebook page until October 29, 2012. The winner will receive $50,000, money that will go to their chosen charity. In Dejoria’s case, that charity would be Safety Harbor Kids.
The Toyota PPI Trophy Trucks are often referred to as one of the most significant trucks in off-road history, and rightfully so. The partnership between Toyota and Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI) resulted in 27 wins and seven championships in the now-defunct Mickey Thompson Off-Road Stadium Series, and who can forget the fact that the best of the best in off-roading, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, was a part of this team.
The example we have today, the 1994 Toyota PPI Trophy Truck 015, was the final truck built under the Toyota/PPI partnership. To make this truck even more desirable, Ivan Stewart himself piloted it at the Baja 2000.
This fine truck has just come off of a restoration and RK Motors Charlotte is giving you the opportunity to own this piece of off-road history. We are certain this freshly revamped off-roading legend is going to require a premium price.
To find out more about this truck and its asking price, click past the jump.
There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.
The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia , as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.
Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.
According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.
We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?
The SEMA Auto Show is all about tie-ups between automakers and aftermarket tuning companies and this year’s no different. We’ve already covered more than five handfuls of vehicles that are headed to the show, but there are still tons more.
Toyota , in collaboration with DC Shoes and West Coast Customs, is introducing the Ultimate Motocross Track. The Japanese automaker used a Toyota Tundra as its platform with plenty of athlete feedback from DC Shoes, which then passed along all the information to West Coast Customs, which in turn built the go-to motocross hauler.
With all the information gathered, WCC added an array of modifications on the truck, equipping it with just about everything a Motocross rider would want to see in the vehicle. This includes a roof rack, fold-up bed sides, a suicide tailgate, a winch to load bikes, a hidden ramp, and a customized interior.
In addition to that, WCC also gave the modified Tundra some hanlding improvements with some help from some of the industry’s best aftermarket shops. For instance, Carmburg Racing worked on lifting the suspension, while Fox Racing was responsible for upgrading the shocks set-up. There’s also a custom rough-texture paint by Line-X, new bumpers and side steps from N-Fab, accessories from Matrix, new lights from KC, a head unit from Pioneer, and new amps, subs, and speakers from Diamond.
The Tundra Ultimate Motocross Truck will be showcased in a number of auto events beginning with the SEMA Auto Show. On top of that, the truck will also be featured on the reality TV show “Inside West Coast Customs” shortly thereafter.