Toyota will have its hands full at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show. But don’t tell that to the company because it’s probably enjoying all the attention it’s getting. Its lineup of trucks is dotted with interesting projects, one of which is the Tacoma TRD chase vehicle that’s doing double-duty in the coming weeks. First up, it’ll be at SEMA, proudly showing off all of its customization details in front of the world’s biggest gathering of auto aftermarket-heads. Immediately after SEMA, the Tacoma TRD will be part of a collection of Toyotas that will head south to Ensenada, Mexico to be part of the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

If you’re familiar with the Baja 1000, you know that it’s not one of the most glamorous races in the world, nor is it for the faint of heart. That’s a big reason why Toyota and TRD went to great lengths to customize this particular Tacoma, allowing it to serve its purpose as a support vehicle for another SEMA attendee, the Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck.

Since it’s going to be spending most of its time in the desert, the Tacoma TRD was fully customized to handle the rigors of off-road racing. It’s not going to compete in the race, but it’s better to be prepared for it anyway, right?

It may not end up being as glamorous as the Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck itself, but the Tacoma TRD is still a wonderful creation that illustrate the pickup’s impressive versatility. Whether it’s being used as an off-road partner or it’s being custom-fitted to become a full-fledged support vehicle, the Tacoma TRD has the chops to be successful in whatever environment it finds itself in.

Click past the jump to read more about Toyota Tacoma TRD.

Toyota Tacoma TRD in detail

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For one, the 40-inch light bar from Rigid E-series was mounted on an N-Fab mount.

There’’s a lot that went on in the creation of the Toyota Tacoma TRD. Certainly, there are a lot of parts added to it that normally wouldn’t make it into a production Tacoma. Tuning shop N-Fab, in particular, plays an important role in building the Tacoma TRD. For one, the 40-inch light bar from Rigid E-series is mounted on an N-Fab mount. Likewise, the custom bed bar, roof mount, light bar, and rock rail all come from N-Fab.

In addition to N-Fab, the Tacoma TRD also receives plenty of help from noted winch manufacturer Smittybilt and its XRC-9.5K Generation 2 winch, to go with a power air tank, and an aluminum fairlead with 8g/10g connectors. The Tacoma TRD is also the beneficiary of an aluminum jack from Jegs Pro, as well as a large, metal Coleman cooler.

The interior of the Tacoma TRD is more subdued, thanks to the decision to dress up the seats in a two-tone full leather trim with matching TRD logos on the headrests. Even the pickup truck’s dashboard is treated to a visual and material upgrade with the addition of a carbon-fiber interior kit courtesy of Superior Dash.

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Next up on that list is a 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

The Tacoma TRD didn’t receive any engine modifications so expect to see the same engine choices from the standard model. The base unit is a 2.7-liter, inline-four engine that pumps out 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to cover 0 to 60 mph in about 10 seconds to go with an estimated top speed of 115 mph and a max tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

Next up on that list is a 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This V-6 allows the Tacoma to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 8 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph and a max tow rating of 6,500 pounds.

Last but certainly not least is the 4.0-liter, supercharged V-6 that develops an impressive 296 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. This top-of-the-line trim accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just under seven seconds to go with a top speed of 115 mph and a max tow rating of 6,500 pounds.

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Press Release

The 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. Off-road fabricator N-Fab has built three specially prepared chase trucks including the TRD Tacoma to join 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. The build shop at N-Fab equipped all three trucks to traverse the diverse terrain in Baja, carry gear that may be needed in a pinch, and facilitate constant radio communication.

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Winning off-road races is not something new for Toyota or 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 2 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.

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Coleman large metal cooler
Rigid E-series 40” light bar mounted with N-Fab mount
Rigid E-series 30” (bumper)
Lowrance 7” GPS
Radio chase RCI radios w/antenna
Smittybilt 2747 power air tank
Jegs Pro alum. jack, 2.0 ton w/skid
Smittybilt 97495 XRC 9.5k winch, Gen 2
Smittybilt 2809 aluminum fairlead with
misc. 8g/10g connectors
Atlas sling
N-Fab T054BR custom bed bar
N-Fab T0530LD light bar w/hoop
N-Fab T054RKRCC rockrail w/FJ detachable step
N-Fab T0540LR roof mount
Full leather two tone interior w/TRD logo in headrest
Superior Dash carbon-fiber interior kit
Powder coating (dark charcoal grey)

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