Toyota Motor unveiled the Tundra TRD Pro for the American NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The first race in the new car is scheduled for February 18, 2022, at the Daytona International Speedway.
The sports prototype has nothing to do with the third generation serial Tundra – here the structure is based on a space frame welded from steel pipes, which is hung with outer panels molded from composites. Their design creates a look that mimics the 2022 Tundra TRD Pro.
All NASCAR Camping World Truck Series cars use a unified 5.86-liter V8 lower-shaft gasoline engine, paired with a four-speed “mechanics”. This is the combination of aggregates installed on the new Tundra ring road.
In addition to Toyota, traditional participants in the race are Ford and Chevrolet, which also stylize their cars after the current generation of full-size pickups.
The Kyle Busch Motorsports team competes at Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, they have been competing since 2004. In 2004-2007, cars styled for the first generation of Tundra were used, in 2008-2021 – for the second.
Toyota Motor also participates in two other NASCAR categories: the sedan class uses the Toyota Camry TRD Next Gen Cup, and the coupe class uses the Toyota Supra.
NASCAR is one of the most popular racing series in the United States, and for manufacturers, participation in it is important from a marketing and image point of view.