Toyota Tundra Racing V8 Engine
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:
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.