Toyota Racing Development, better known by TRD, has long applied its name and expertise to the development of off-road models, which will be showcased with the launch of a full-line of TRD Pro models for 2015 with the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner. However, to prove the trucks are worthy of the TRD Pro badge, a 2015 Tundra TRD Pro will be entered in the grueling Baja 1000 race in November.
The truck is essentially stock, with only a roll cage, off-road lights, and other safety and mechanical equipment mandated by SCORE for competitors. Front and rear shocks are Bilstein, custom tuned by TRD for the race, with Eibach front coil springs and Deaver rear leaf springs. Tires are 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A KRs, with Hella providing the auxiliary lighting. The otherwise-stock 5.7L iForce V-8 breathes a little easier with a TRD cold air intake and cat-back exhaust. A Lowrance navigation system keeps the drivers on-course, and the seats are supplied by Mastercraft. As a testament to the confidence Toyota has in its trucks under the demanding terrain and conditions of Baja, the suspension control arms, uprights, tie rods, hubs and wheel bearings are all stock.
The TRD Pro Desert race team will be made up of Ivan “Ironman” Stewart as the team coach, Toyota Trucks’ chief engineer Mike Sweers as the Navigator, and a team of four drivers consisting of Ted Moncure, TRD design engineer, Andy Bell, former Baja 500 champion and Toyota-sponsored motocross competitor, Jamie Bestwick, nine-time X-Games winner, and Ryan Millen, a veteran of the Baja 500 and 1000 races and son of off-road motorsports legend Rod Millen.