TRD Tacoma X-Runner Concept at SEMA

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2008

TRD improved the internal engine parts with fresh pistons, connecting rods, camshafts and other equipment to generate 400 horsepower of max output and 350 lb.-ft. of peak torque, a boost in excess of 160 horsepower and 80 lb.-ft. torque.

The engine is coupled with the Tacoma six-speed manual transmission, utilizing a unique Kaiten billet steel flywheel that is 30-percent lighter than stock, together with a heavy-duty ceramic metallic Aisin clutch.

DC Sports custom built the true-dual polished stainless side-exit exhaust system. The chassis received careful attention to attain maximized balance and handling, in addition to a reduced ride height and underbody aerodynamic parts. The exterior styling matches the underbody aerodynamic improvements and highlights a new robust styled front bumper fascia and grille.

New body side molding components carry the tough appearance of the front fascia and integrate new full-length rocker panels with integrated side-exit exhaust. A unique rear valance/bumper assembly is coupled with a functional underbody aero diffuser element.

Headlight and taillight assemblies have been improved with LED lighting. A hard tonneau cover with color-coding along with an integral rear spoiler rounds off the styling concept. Inside, the vehicle integrates several improvements that match the TRD X-Runner theme of power and style.

TRD Recaro Sport Seats with complementary door inserts are utilized together with a smaller TRD steering wheel. Body rigidness is enhanced with a four point interior roll bar behind the seats. Function is supplemented with a multi-function TRD digital display with integrated shift light and programmable data logging.

The sound system is greatly improved with an Alpine 5.1 Multi-Media Audio System which is iPod-ready, xM Satellite Radio and DVD navigation. A custom rear cargo compartment and audio enclosure completes the interior improvements.

TRD -- abbreviation for Toyota Racing Development -- is the in-house tuning shop for cars made by Toyota and Lexus. Backing up Toyota's racing interests around the world, TRD is in charge of improving street cars for more performance. It manufactures tuning products, parts and accessories, as available through Toyota dealers.

Although the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) was established in 1963 -- by Roy Richter, Bob Hedman, Willie Garner, Robert E. Wyman, Phil Weiand Jr., Al Segal, John Bartlett, Vic Edelbrock, Jr. and Dean Moon – the first SEMA Show didn’t come until four years later in 1967.

The very first SEMA Show was held in the basement of the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Around 98 manufacturers had booths at the 1967 SEMA Show, which was attended by around 3,000 people. At that time, SEMA still stands for Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association.

However, in 1970, government regulations emerged as an issue and there were also apprehensions about the use of the term "speed." Thus, group changed its name to Specialty Equipment Market Association.

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