German carmaker Volkswagen announced today the next week's launch of the Volkswagen-Red Bull Baja Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck, a new vehicle specially built for the which will be Baja desert race.
The Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck will be competing in the 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race in the SCORE Trophy Truck segment. It is propelled by a 5.5-liter V12 clean diesel motor that generates a whopping 550 horsepower of max output and 625 lb.-ft. (846 Nm) of peak torque.
Faithful to the off-road prowess that the VW Touareg is well known for, the purpose-built Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck takes the Touareg's off-road persistence to the next level.
With a dual A-Arm front suspension that permits 25 inches of wheel travel, and a 4-link rear suspension that permits 30 inches of wheel travel, together with Fox Racing Shocks, Eibach Coils and BFGoodrich Baja KRT 37x13.5x17 off-road tires the Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck should have no trouble traversing the highly challenging and highly technical Baja 1000 course, which covers around 634 miles.
The chassis design and production of the Volkswagen-Red Bull Baja Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck was managed by Arciero Miller Racing found in Foothill Ranch, California.
The Volkswagen-Red Bull Baja Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck has a total length of 213 inches, total width of 92 inches and a total height of 78 inches, as well as highlights a wheelbase measuring 125 inches. It also has a gross weight of 5,650 lbs.
The Volkswagen-Red Bull Baja Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck was conceptualized and created by the Volkswagen Design Center of Santa Monica, California. Its sponsors include Volkswagen of America, Inc., Red Bull, Dow Automotive, BFGoodrich Tires, KMC Wheels, Fox Shocks and Oakley.
Founded by Ed Pearlman in 1967, the Baja 1000 is a Mexican off-road motorsport race held annually on the Baja California Peninsula. The first official race was held on October 31, 1967, and was dubbed as the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. The race started from Tijuana, Baja California, and ended in La Paz for a total length of 849 miles (1,366 km). The first Baja 1000 was won by Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels driving a Meyers Manx buggy. The duo completed the event in an overall time of 27 hours 38 minutes (27:38 hours).
The 1974 edition of the Baja 1000 was cancelled by NORRA due to the so-called Arab Oil Embargo, which caused the price for a barrel of crude oil to surge 70 overnight in October 1973.