A trio of Toyota concept trucks - crafted as ultimate sports machines - will be shown at the 2013 SEMA Show Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas.
Toyota Tacoma Snowboarding and Plowing by DC Shoes
Bring on the snow said Toyota to DC Shoes and their fans when asking them to select a snow, motocross or skateboarding design for the ultimate sports Tacoma concept for 2013.
The winning, wintery Tacoma concept was voted into reality and, created by Camburg Engineering, it will show off its snow friendly features at the SEMA Show.
The Tacoma concept includes a powerful front snowplow to push through drifts and a telescoping ramp to drive a snowmobile onto the truck bed. Secure storage can hold multiple snowboards, shovels and gear.
And, even more extreme: it has a pop-up tent that sits on the roof with access via ladder. Sleeping on the truck would provide maximum time on the slopes, and a 40-inch LED light bar could light up a mountainside for late-night snowboarding.
The Tacoma is technology rich inside with a mounted iPad mini connected via Bluetooth for navigation, videos and other content.
All-weather Scoshe boomBOTTLE wireless speakers can operate in the snow, bringing music to the mountain. Additional portable communication charging ports and performance batteries will keep the team powered up without draining the Tacoma’s battery.
Tundra LetsGoMoto Ultimate Desert Sports Machine by Gibbs Racing Motocross
The Let's Go Moto ultimate sports machine created by Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross and N-Fab shops is the brain child of motocross teammates Josh Grant and Justin Brayton.
This Tundra features expandable electronic awnings and TV screens to cool down after a long day on the hot and dusty motocross course - along with all the motocross gear and attitude needed to heat up the competition when ready to go again.
The team kept the front half of the 2014 Tundra with a CrewMax cabin, but swapped in an 8-foot long truck bed from another Tundra for their design.
A custom-built metal box accommodates the length of a motocross bike, plus three TV screens on doors that swing open. One TV plays off a game console so the riders have entertainment between competitions, another can play DVDs and a third displays bike engine diagnostics.
Amenities like a fridge, power washer, helmet dryer and space for tools, back-up gear and hydrogen tanks contribute to the functionality of the truck. Finally, the entire vehicle was lifted by nearly 12 inches to handle the rugged desert terrain where motocross events frequently occur.
Toyota 4Runner as the Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner by Oakley
The Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner is all about the challenge of freestyle skiing: the cold weather, the superman double front flips 100 feet in the air, the unforgiving landings and the exhilaration of racing to the finish in front of the competition.
Athlete Simon Dumont has partnered with Toyota and Oakley to create the ultimate vehicle for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge and it had to be a with a 4Runner that addresses the aggressiveness and exhilaration of the sport.
Herbst Smith Fabrication in Huntington Beach, Calif. created an aggressive look through oversized front grill work, a dark Oakley camouflage-patterned vehicle wrap, LED lights and a rugged, metal roof rack designed to electronically lower and open to store two sets of skis.
Comfort is in all the details with this 4Runner. The doors, music, windows and other interior features are controlled by three separate iPads for a high-end, customized experience. After a cold ski run, there is a coffeemaker, a dryer for each glove and boot and a mountable grill stored in the rear cargo area.
“When you’re going to attack the slopes, this 4Runner is an assault vehicle,” Dumont said. “It was incredible to be part of the Toyota Dream Build Challenge and watch details of my sport and personality be transferred into this car.”
And, yes 4Runner is a truck in that it is one of the few SUV segment vehicles still built on a truck frame (rather than as a crossover) making it especially rugged for this kind of adventure.
Toyota Dream Build
Two of the three vehicles reported on here are a part of the 2013 Toyota Dream Build Challenge that combines athlete imagination with the skill of custom build shops to transform the ideas into working concepts.
Now fans can choose the winner of the 2013 Toyota Dream Build Challenge.
Fans who vote have opportunities to win daily prizes from the build partners and athletes, including one grand prize trip to one of the Team Toyota athlete’s events.
The Toyota truck entries are:
- Supercross stars Justin Brayton and Josh Grant with partner Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross, built the “Let’s Go Moto Tundra” for desert competitions and training.
- Freestyle skier Simon Dumont and partner Oakley showcase the “Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner” complete with customized ski racks and a grill.
The other two vehicles in the competition are:
- BMX rider Drew Bezanson with partner Skullcandy created the “Crusher Corolla” (a Toyota Corolla) inspired by music and BMX.
- NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and partner Kyle Busch Motorsports built the “CamRally” (a Toyota Camry) capable of handling rougher terrain.
Voting for the fans is now open at www.ToyotaDreamBuild.com for five days ahead of the SEMA Show reveal on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.