Media Alert – Toyota Will Hold a Press Conference at the SEMA Show

October 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota will hold a press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 30 at 11:00 a.m. PDT to introduce nine customized vehicles for its SEMA Show display and to announce the winner of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge.

Toyota readies "DragQuoia" Sequoia Family Dragster for SEMA

Toyota readies "DragQuoia" Sequoia Family Dragster for SEMA

October 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SUV , Toyota , Police/Emergency , Specialty , Racing Oh, SEMA . There’s no other show on the face of the planet that would be so bold as to serve up a creation like the one seen above. This is the questionably named DragQuoia, and it’s a slammed Toyota Sequoia with a 650-horsepower TRD supercharged V8 engine shoved under the hood, complete with nitrous. Toyota says the machine can bolt down the quarter mile in somewhere between nine and 10 seconds, thanks in part to the fact it has been stripped of 1,600 pounds of “non-essential” weight – presumably dirty diapers and sippy cups. The DragQuoia was built by NHRA Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown as part of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. A set of 21.5-inch wide rear tires help shuttle the power to the pavement, and indoors, the DragQuoia features four race seats with harnesses for fun with the family as well as a full roll cage and an appropriately sized parachute. The DragQuoia faces off against a Kyle Busch-designed Camry , a Prius whipped up by Clint Bowyer and a Tundra penned by Alexis DeJoria. Fans can vote for their favorite, with the winner taking home a $50,000 check from Toyota from their charity of choice. Check out the full press release below . Continue reading Toyota readies “DragQuoia” Sequoia Family Dragster for SEMA Toyota readies “DragQuoia” Sequoia Family Dragster for SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:01:00 EST.

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king [UPDATE]

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king [UPDATE]

November 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SEMA Show , SUV , Toyota , Specialty , Off-Road , Racing Lexus looks to be giving the Baja 1000 its due. The luxury automaker showed off an LX 570 built by JT Grey Racing to take to the desert sands. With dual King Racing shocks, large 37-inch BF Goodrich tires and a host of safety equipment, the high-riding SUV looks ready to do battle with the best of them. Inside, Sparco was kind enough to supply a set of racing seats as well as an EVO steering wheel. A Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 navigation ensures that the driver knows where the course is headed, and a Kenwood 110 radio and intercom system means that driver and navigator can stay in contact. Does this mean that Lexus is heading to Baja? We doubt it, though Toyota has already made it clear that the company intends to take to the legendary endurance course with its Long Beach Racers Tacoma. We think there would be plenty of room in the ranks for this LX 570, too, but that’s just us. UPDATE: While Lexus may not have a Baja pedigree, JT Grey Racing does. The team is planning to campaign this vehicle in next year’s race in an attempt to knock out a second Stock-Full Championship.

Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer

Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Concept Cars , Motorsports , SEMA Show , Budget , Performance , Hatchback , Toyota , Racing Toyota tucked its Yaris B-Spec Club Racer amongst a flotilla of pickups at SEMA 2011 . The slammed hatch is set to compete in the SCCA B-Spec class with BMX guru Jamie Bestwick behind the wheel. The race-ready Yaris was built by SportsCar Magazine and features a stripped-out interior and an Autopower Industries eight-point SCCA roll cage for less weight and greater driver safety. OMP supplied the complete fire suppression system as well as a six-point racing harness and a WRC-style steering wheel. A Cusco Zero-3 suspension gives the hatch greater grip and Cusco center-lock pillow ball upper mounts provide greater rigidity and less suspension flex than the stock components. Enkei 15-inch wheels shod in Hoosier racing tires help keep the car stuck to the tarmac as well. SportsCar Magazine gave the Yaris B-Spec Club Racer a little nudge in power as well thanks to an AEM series 2 engine management system, a Beta Motorsports cat-back exhaust and a custom tune by Church automotive testing. Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Limited Edition headed for dealers

Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Limited Edition headed for dealers

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Performance , Truck , Toyota , Off-Road Toyota has given SEMA 2011 visitors a glimpse at a pre-production version of the company’s Tacoma TRD T/X Limited Edition . The newest addition to the Tacoma line is set to begin production in late spring of next year and will offer buyers a 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. An electronically controlled locking rear differential provides extra grip over uncertain terrain while active traction control, hill-descent control and hill-start assist control should help make things easier on the driver. The whole thing should breathe a bit easier and sound a bit better thanks to the standard TRD exhaust, too. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires are mounted on bead-lock style wheels, and 60 mm Bilstein race shocks paired with TRD springs up front help give the pickup a little more flex. The Tacoma TRD TX Limited Edition is fitted with 50 mm shocks in the rear with a remote reservoir and the front end rides two inches higher than its stablemates. Lest we forget, there are also those rather loud bodyside graphics… Continue reading Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Limited Edition headed for dealers Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Limited Edition headed for dealers originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king

JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SEMA Show , SUV , Toyota , Specialty , Off-Road , Racing Lexus looks to be giving the Baja 1000 its due. The luxury automaker showed off an LX 570 built by JT Grey Racing to take to the desert sands. With dual King Racing shocks, large 37-inch BF Goodrich tires and a host of safety equipment, the high-riding SUV looks ready to do battle with the best of them. Inside, Sparco was kind enough to supply a set of racing seats as well as an EVO steering wheel. A Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 navigation ensures that the driver knows where the course is headed, and a Kenwood 110 radio and intercom system means that driver and navigator can stay in contact. Does this mean that Lexus is heading to Baja? We doubt it, though Toyota has already made it clear that the company intends to take to the legendary endurance course with its Long Beach Racers Tacoma. We think there would be plenty of room in the ranks for this LX 570, too, but that’s just us. JT Grey Racing Lexus LX 570 is an unlikely desert king originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

2011 SEMA Show: Guide to Scion Vehicles

October 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Scion displays seven vehicles at the 2011 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) S how in Las Vegas.

2011 SEMA Show: Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Limited Edition Pickup

October 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota, the U.S. sales leader in compact pickups, will display a pre-production Tacoma Toyota Racing Development (TRD) T|X (Tacoma Extreme) limited edition pickup truck at the 2011 SEMA Show…

2011 SEMA Show: 2012 Toyota Camry Daytona 500 Pace Car

October 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On display at the 2011 SEMA Show Toyota exhibit will be the all-new 2012 Camry Pace Car, which will lead the field for the start of the 54 th running of the Daytona 500

Toyota unloads bounty of SEMA rides

Toyota unloads bounty of SEMA rides

October 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Concept Cars , SEMA Show , Sedan , Truck , Hatchback , Toyota , Specialty , Off-Road , Racing Toyota is bringing an arsenal of custom vehicles to SEMA 2011 , including three pickups and one very cool Yaris B-Spec Racer. The pint-sized bruiser is based on the 2012 Yaris SE and should be bashing fenders with the rest of the SCCA B-Spec class contenders soon. Toyota says that Jamie Bestwick, of BMX fame, will campaign the car in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart, Wisconsin. The car features all of the hardware necessary to meet spec, including an eight-point SCCA roll cage, fire-suppression system, race seat, and six-point harness. Toyota also has something special for those of you who prefer to take your racing off the track. The Long Beach Racers Tacoma is inspired by the upcoming Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series, and features custom 60mm Bilstein race shocks, 35-inch BF Goodrich tires, a 50-gallon fuel cell and a big-brake kit among other goodies. All of that kit will come to bear when the truck heads to the Baja 1000 next year. DC Shoes and West Coast Customs will also show off a unique Toyota Tundra built just for the motocross crowd while Oakley crafted a special Surf Tacoma to cater to the surfers of the world. A pre-production version of the Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series pickup will also be on display as will the Camry Daytona 500 pace car. Toyota unloads bounty of SEMA rides originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST.

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