Under the Hood at TRD

When you stop and think that NASCAR was formed in 1947 and Toyota/TRD didn’t start racing in NASCAR until 2006, we’re literally the new kid on the block. But that hasn’t stopped our success—if anything, it pushed the Toyota/TRD-powered teams to prove that they’re contenders to win every week. “At that time, (Toyota) literally didn’t care about winning, it was about participating. From our end here (at TRD), we wanted to win and we were confident it would come in time. And it has,” said Dave Wilson, President and General Manager, TRD USA, “TRD has the capabilities to develop and design engines, chassis, a multitude of disciplines.” In fact, the TRD headquarters in Costa Mesa, California supplies the engines for six NASCAR Cup cars: Four at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), two at Furniture Row Racing. Toyota/TRD proved that they’re a force to be reckoned when Toyota/TRD-powered Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Monster Cup Championship in 2015.

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Toyota 86: Slaying the Dragon

Autocross. It’s a driving event that requires skill, finesse and power. When Jonathan Lugod drove his 205-horsepower 2017 Toyota 86 into the pits at the 18th Annual Palm Springs Corvette Club Autocross, most drivers didn’t give him a second glance, thinking, “just another import.” A few hours later, after having secured the fastest overall time of the day, everyone was curious to see what was under the hood of the Toyota 86. The answer: A stock engine with a few TRD add-ons, which is why Jonathan also took home the trophy for being the fastest car in the Stock Class and proving that fun-to-drive cars, like the Toyota 86, can deliver exceptional handling and eye-opening performance in a car that’s affordable and practical enough for everyday use.

Follow along and learn how the Toyota 86 slayed the dragon.

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Team 5 Medical

—they fly, float, 4-wheel or walk to go where others won't to help the helpless.

Whether it's in the United States or the Amazon jungle, where there are people in need, Team 5 Medical will fly, float, 4-wheel or walk to provide medical care. Team 5 Medical Foundation—the “5” means that there are five active or former Special Forces medical professionals on each mission—was created to provide medical care in the most underserved, remote and dangerous areas of the world. And just recently, Team 5 added a specially equipped “Quick Response Force” Toyota Tundra modified with TRD Pro components, to be able to quickly deploy when disaster strikes in the U.S.

Read on to discover how Team 5 Medical changes lives all around the world...

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2017 TACOMA TRD PRO WITH FOX SHOCKS

—A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN FEEL.

For the most part, all shock absorbers look alike; but when it comes to performance, they can be distinctly different. Case in point, the FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD that come on the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro—they are unlike any other shock on the market. Why? Because the engineers from TRD and FOX worked side-by-side, mile-after-mile, for over two years as they developed the ideal shock absorbers for both on- and off-road performance.

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PERFORMANCE AT ITS PEAK

ROD MILLEN AND THE RECORD-BREAKING 1994 CELICA GT RETURN TO PIKES PEAK TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS UNIQUE EVENT.

Few events match the prestige and pedigree of The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It’s been run 94 times over the past 100 years, and to mark its 100th anniversary, the race organizers invited 5-time winner Rod Millen and the 1994 Celica GT AWD Turbo back to the site of his record-breaking run.

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THE TACOMA TURNS PRO

A look inside the latest TRD Pro release

The Toyota TRD Pro Family is changing what it means to be a "stock" vehicle. This year the family is returning to three models with the addition of the all-new 2017 TRD Pro Tacoma. Charging deep into the most treacherous terrain that the world has to offer, TRD Pro created a ferocious machine, with as much comfort as muscle. Find out what it means to be a Pro.

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