you say? Yes, for 2002, TRD adds more juice to the package, delivering
a 35 to 40-percent increase in power, or roughly 84-96 horsepower for
a more-than-respectable 329 to 341 engine output. TRD can't be more specific
than that because the supercharger is a prototype for the iFORCE engine,
and it's still experimenting with the final numbers. When it's finished,
TRD also will make it available for the new Sequoia SUV with the iFORCE
V-8 engine for those who can't get enough of a good thing.
just add power without reinforcing the rest of the package, so TRD pumped
up the volume with custom-designed nitrogen-pressurized, self-adjusting,
rising-rate, monotube Bilstein shocks. An Eaton posi-design limited-slip
differential also was added, and features a unique three-pinion configuration
and race-bred carbon-friction discs. More parts to round out the package
include the TRD Big Brake kit, which consists of stainless steel brake
lines, aluminum 4-piston calipers, and floating two-piece 322mm rotors.
If that's not enough, go the distance with more optional TRD Sport Parts,
such as a stainless steel dual outlet exhaust for 6 hp more and headers
for the iFORCE that are 50-state legal and add another 13 hp to the total
with almost 19 more lb-ft of torque.
Do all these
parts and pieces make for a fantastic truck? Absolutely. Do they all come
as part of the Ivan Stewart package? Absolutely not. That's done so you
can mix and match, and be as reasonable or as crazy as your checkbook
allows. You can get the looks and the truck for under $35,000, but if
you're gonna do something, why not do it right?
We had the
chance to spend a few days with the IS Signature Edition, and were deeply
impressed with the amount of performance and handling this truck had to
offer. The first thing we noticed was the Tundra no longer rode and handled
like a full-size truck. There was a major reduction in body roll, and
the Bilsteins provided outstanding damping characteristics. The ride was
controlled-not harsh and definitely not mushy. We kept pushing it hard
into corners, and the Tundra responded with the grace of a sedan. Even
the steering offered good feedback and plenty of responsiveness. No waiting
for days for reaction and recovery.
on the accelerator quickly brought the supercharger to life, and off the
line we kicked the butt of more than a few shocked sports car drivers.
We were entertaining challenges from super-streeted coupes who could hear
the exhaust and see the decals. It was rather humorous as we sprinted
away from their astonished faces. And more than once we were cornered,
complimented, and answered the standard cluster of questions from excited
truck enthusiasts. Even during a photo shoot, the lot guards were more
interested in the vehicle than in us not having permission to take the
distraction is the always best diversion!
Stewart: The Man Behind the Mask
Stewart's name is plastered on both sides of the TRD Tundra. Who is Ivan
Stewart, and why does he deserve to be recognized by Toyota?
in Oklahoma, Stewart spent his formative years in San Diego, California.
He started his love of off-roading by driving dune buggies in high school.
He married his high-school sweetheart after graduation, and began racing
as a hobby, even though he worked full time in construction.
1973 he worked with Bill Hrynko to maintain and build Hryko's buggie.
Stewart also acted as co-driver for Hrynko, until he had the chance to
takeover the wheel after Hrynko broke his leg. He took home first-place
wins that year in the Baja 300 - Class 2, BSC, and in the Ensenada 300
- Class 2, Overall, SCORE, and continued to win as part of various grassroots
racing efforts for 10 years following.
1973 and 1983, when Stewart joined Toyota's factory-sponsored team, he
scored almost 30 first-place finishes, was named "Driver of the Year"
four times, "Man of the Year" in 1976, and took home more trophies
than he had room for in his house. By 1990, Stewart had won his third
championship, a feat matched only by Rod Millen, who won three consecutive
titles in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
has helped Toyota win 11 manufacturer's championships and 42 main event
victories in the 12-year history of the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Stadium
Series- nearly three times more than any other truck team. As if these
victories weren't enough for Stewart and Toyota, he got behind the wheel
of a Toyota in the mini- and mid-size pickup class in the desert during
the 1983 and 1984 seasons. During that time, he took home six victories,
including two SCORE World Championships. When Toyota moved to the Unlimited
Class in 1985, he became the only driver for the team's single entry.
Stewart also helped Toyota win a Baja 1000 victory, as being part of the
only truck team in history to take the triple crown of desert racing by
winning the Nevada 400, Baja 500 and Baja 1000 all in the same season.
Entering his 27th year in off-road racing and 18th year with Toyota, Stewart
has amassed 83 career victories and eight driver's championships. Included
in these wins are Seventeen Baja 500s, eight Mint 400s, four Parker 400s
and Three Baja 1000s. He earned the nickname "lronman" for his
numerous solo victories in the two Baja races.
his racing victories, Stewart is one of the most affable, entertaining
drivers ever to speak to an audience. His love of the sport comes across
strongly, and his devotion to children and charities makes him that much
more special in the racing community.
it wasn't for the racing talents of Ivan "Ironman" Stewart,
Toyota trucks would not being enjoying the durability status it has today.
So the question isn't, why is his name on the truck, but rather why isn't
his name bigger on the truck!