2022 Toyota Tundra Transformed Into Hardcore Desert Racer

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Toyota's gone all-out on off-road warriors at SEMA 2021.

After over a decade, the rugged Toyota Tundra has been completely redesigned for the 2022 model year, and it was worth the wait. The new Tundra is thoroughly modernized with new turbocharged and hybridized V6 engines, more aggressive styling, a new high-tech interior, and enhanced capability to take on America's pickup truck trio. To showcase its capability, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has transformed the new Tundra into a desert racing support concept truck for this year's SEMA aftermarket show. The result is called the TRD Desert Chase Tundra, and although it's only a concept, it looks ready to tackle the desert.

Based on the 2022 Tundra TRD Pro, the TRD Desert Chase Tundra is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with an electric motor producing 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque and a ten-speed automatic.

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In off-road racing, support vehicles are used to transport the pit crew across the desert and always chase the team race car to provide support if needed. That means they need to be tough and supremely capable off-road to keep up with the race car.

To help the TRD Desert Chase Tundra tackle tough off-road courses, TRD installed a long-travel suspension that uses the Tundra's stock mounting points. The modified truck also features an aggressive wide-body kit designed and manufactured at TRD's North Carolina composite shop. It rides on custom lightweight 18-inch forged aluminum wheels from Method Race Wheels that reduce unsprung suspension weight, wrapped in 37-inch General Tire Grabber X3 all-terrain tires.

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Rear and side-mounted lights and a front light bar that can fit up to eight lights provide extra illumination during night-time racing. Essential support team equipment is stored inside the bed, including a roll bar, off-road jack, 15-pound CO2 bottle, fuel and water containers, two roll bar-mounted spare tires, and an ARB Tred Pro Recovery Board.

"This thing is so cool, and I'm really proud of what my team and TRD accomplished," said Marty Schwerter of Toyota Motorsports Garage. "I started my career in off-road racing, so it's in my blood. This thing is ready to go. We're in Vegas and not too far from the desert, so I just might have to take it out to see what it will really do!"

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