The Long Beach Racers Tacoma will be seen at Toyota’s exhibit at the 2011 SEMA Show. The Long Beach Racers Tacoma takes its inspiration from the upcoming limited edition 2012 Tacoma TRD T|X TRD Baja Series that will arrive next year. Former freestyle motocross rider racer Andy Bell will be driving the Long Beach Racers Tacoma as it competes in the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Bell, who stars in MTV’s Nitro Circus, will be at a press conference at the Toyota exhibit on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to give details about this special Tacoma race truck and the new BAJA 1000.
This race truck was built by Long Beach Racers – several Toyota enthusiasts who were experts in racing Toyota trucks in Baja. This truck will be competing in the SCORE Stock Mini class championship. It is equipped with a TIG welded, SCORE approved roll cage with the Long Beach Racers trademark “low profile” rear cage design to keep the rear view clean, 35-inch BFGoodrich Project Tires on 16-inch TRD Baja Series wheels, custom Bilstein 60mm race shocks, Hella HID lights on custom mounts on the bumper and in place of the exterior mirrors, Mastercraft race seats, PCI Race Radio and intercom systems, harnesses and window nets, Defined Engineering Spring-Under kit, MBRP Exhaust system, CMI Carbon Fiber skidplates, 50 gallon fuel cell, TRD Big Brake kit, and a custom wrap that uses the TX Baja Series graphic concept. Aside from entering the BAJA 1000, the Long Beach Racers Tacoma will also be seen at the Off Road Expo, Supercross, Dew Tour, and 2012 SCORE races.
North America’s best-selling compact pickup truck since 2005 has been the Toyota Tacoma. Now, for 2011, the Tacoma has become available in two new packages which are derived from a concept truck introduced at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show. These are the T|X and T|X Pro packages, where special combinations of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) accessories are added at more affordable prices, and with both also being offered with the Off-Road Package.
At a time when other companies are reducing or discontinuing their compact pickups, Toyota is assuming a clear segment leadership role by introducing more market-specific model variants at greater value. They also modified their portfolio by abandoning three low-volume models, while adding five new four-cylinder models as they seek to keep up with the increasing emphasis on petrol efficiency and operative cost. Design-wise, a new grille trim is seen on all new Toyota Tacoma variants.
Specific 2011 Toyota Tacoma models feature richer standard equipment packages. For example, all Regular Cab variants now have air conditioning systems. Tacomas which were delivered with a six-disc CD changer are now also equipped with an integrated satellite radio receiver (subscription required). New Double Cab models come with the Convenience Extra Value Package, which consists of cruise control, steering wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry and a sliding rear window with privacy glass.
T|X Packages for Hard-core Pickup Fans
For a limited period, the new T|X and T|X Pro Packages are available for the Toyota Tacoma V6 Access Cab to let it adapt the sporty SEMA concept. Whereas, the V6 Double Cab can add these along with the TRD Off-Road Package. The added capabilities elevate its off-road performance above all others in the Tacoma line. There are specific T|X and T|X Pro Package versions for the PreRunner and 4x4 models.
The Toyota Tacoma with the T|X Package will look more aggressive and dynamic, especially with the TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels and 265/70R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tyres. The package also brings black tube side steps, a stainless steel exhaust outlet and distinctive body shell graphics, all resulting in a custom truck style. However, these cost significantly less than if each component was ordered individually.