Toyota Tundra Racing V8 Engine
By: Mike Kowdley Posted: 11-05-03 10:00 PST

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Toyota's press conference this morning featured Dave Illingworth, TMS senior vice president, chief planning and administrative officer. Mr. Illingworth spoke to journalists and industry folk at length about Toyota's progress in the racing world, including victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona. And in a crowning achievment, Gil de Ferran's Indianapolis 500 winning car this year was powered by Toyota.

Toyota reiterated to the media that they have an ongoing commitment to build American trucks for the American truck buyer, and that both of their trucks are built here in the US: the NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA has produced 1.5 million Tacomas and Toyota's Indiana plant has produced 425,000 Tundras. Signalling their involvement in American trucking and the truck industry, earlier this year Toyota announced that an entry into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with their Toyota Tundra race truck designed and developed by TRD.

Today Toyota announced their all-new Tundra Racing V8 engine. From the presentation:

The normally aspriated, Tundra Racing V8 engine was designed entirely in America by Toyota Racing Development. TRD's technical capabilities came to the forefront as they designed and produced "from a clean sheet of paper," an overhead valve racing engine in a remarkably short period of time. The engine design focused on high quality, performance, light weight, reliability, and ease of manufacture.

Measuring 358 cubic inches of displacement, the V8 is capable of producing up to 650 horsepower. The cast aluminum cylinder head and cast iron cylinder block both use a computer-optimized cooling system. The engine is also equipped with forged aluminum pistons, forged steel connecting rods, and a high strength billet steel crankshaft. Its fuel pump and exhaust were each developed by TRD

In a few weeks parts lists and availability dates will be published, and the parts will be available for purchase by the racing community. Look for the engine to appear in the NASCAR Craftman Truck Series race at Daytona in February.

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