'Let's Go Moto' Tundra Brings the Heat at SEMAJoe Gibbs Racing Motocross, Josh Grant and Justin Brayton Únleash Imaginations for Toyota Dream Build ChallengeTORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2013)
– Two top-notch motocross athletes and the Toyota Tundra came together to create one ultimate desert sports machine for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge. Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross (JGRMX) teammates Josh Grant and Justin Brayton combined their vehicle wish lists for a hot competition day, with help from the JGRMX and N-FAB shops more than 1,000 miles apart. The collaboration resulted in expandable electronic awnings and TV screens to cool down, along with all motocross gear and attitude to heat up the competition.
To accommodate the oversized needs, the team kept the front half of the 2014 Tundra with a CrewMax cabin and swapped in an 8-foot long truck bed from another Tundra. A custom-built metal box accommodates the length of a motocross bike, plus three TV screens on doors that swing open. One TV plays off a game console so the riders have entertainment between competitions, another can play DVDs and a third displays bike engine diagnostics. A fridge, power washer, helmet dryer and space for tools, back-up gear and hydrogen tanks contribute to the functionality of the truck. Finally, the entire vehicle was lifted by nearly 12 inches to handle the rugged desert terrain where motocross events frequently occur.
'The competition is not going to be able to hang with this truck and all the resources JGRMX and N-FAB brought to the table,' Grant §äid. 'Our industry has a lot of unique needs, and this Tundra hits them all.'
Grant has competed professionally since 2004 and is a frequent visitor to the podium, including a gold medal in Moto X at X Games 16, as well as wins in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. Brayton turned pro at age 18, making a name for himself in the AMA Arenacross Series before earning a ride in Supercross and winning an X Games gold medal earlier this year.
The two Team Toyota athletes and their partners had seven weeks in this year's Toyota Dream Build Challenge to transform a vehicle. Voting for the winner begins today at www.ToyotaDreamBuild.com until Nov. 4. The winner will be revealed by Top Gear host and racing personality Rutledge Wood at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can watch at www.livestream.com/Toyota.
'The skill, creativity and willingness of the teams to take on a wish list like ours was incredible to watch,' Brayton §äid. 'The Tundra will blow everyone away at SEMA, giving us the victory.'
To win, Grant and Brayton must beat out freestyle skier Simon Dumont with partner Oakley with the Últimate Dream Ski 4Runner; BMX rider Drew Bezanson with partner Skullcandy and the 2014 Corolla tuned for performance and NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman with partner Kyle Busch Motorsports, who transformed a 2013 Camry into a rally car.Source - Toyota
Supercross Tundra Motors Over CompetitorsTeam Toyota Athlete Winner Revealed in Dream Build Challenge
TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2013)
– Supercross stars Justin Brayton and Josh Grant turned up the racing heat and won the 2013 Toyota Dream Build Challenge, announced today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Their custom Supercross-themed Tundra was one of four competition entries from Team Toyota athletes and their big name partners.
Fans voted for their favorite vehicles, choosing the 'Let's Go Moto Tundra' from supercross stars Justin Brayton and Josh Grant and partner Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross above the 'Crusher Corolla' from BMX rider Drew Bezanson and partner Skullcandy; the 'Últimate Dream Ski 4Runner' from freestyle skier Simon Dumont and partner Oakley; and the 'CamRally' from NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and partner Kyle Busch Motorsports. To read about each of the build's features, visit www.ToyotaDreamBuild.com.
Television racing commentator and Top Gear ÚSA host Rutledge Wood announced the winner from the SEMA showroom floor.
'Thanks to all the fans who voted to make this extreme vehicle a champion,' Brayton §äid. 'Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross and N-FAB, Inc. made this an amazing experience for me to learn the mechanics, craftsmanship and creativity that go into a winning SEMA entry.'
The winning Tundra featured an 8-foot rolling 'pitlane,' complete with TV screens for downtime fun, data acquisition and video feeds, a power washer, and spare parts and tools. Retractable shades, a fridge and a helmet dryer help keep everyone cool and comfortable during desert events.
'All our athletes and partners took their Toyota vehicles to new rugged, extremes for this year's Dream Build Challenge,' said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing communications and motorsports for Toyota. 'We're looking forward to showing more fans the vehicles as we travel throughout the country.'
With the competition complete, all four Dream Build Challenge vehicles will accompany the athletes at select events across the country.Source - Toyota