Toyota DragQuoia to debut at SEMA
Racer Antron Brown's modified Toyota Sequoia SUV has more than 650 horsepower.
Toyota has commissioned NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown to gin up a wooly-bully concept car for display at SEMA. The DragQuoia is, as the name suggests, a Sequoia hacked, stripped, prodded, boosted, and subjected to all other manner of fettling and finagling in pursuit of glory on the quarter-mile drag strip.
The performance target for Brown's SUV? Somewhere between nine and 10 seconds. As such, the engine features upward of 650 horsepower via a supercharger and a nitrous shot. That alone wouldn't be enough to turn the anticipated ET, so the ute went on a 1,600-pound diet. Four racing seats with five-point harnesses hold the family in place during high-G forward motion, and 21.5-inch wide tires make sure the power gets to the ground.
And it's all for charity. Toyota's had NASCAR's Kyle Busch do up a Camry; his on-track competitor Clint Bowyer conceptualized a Prius. NHRA Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria's Tundra desert PreRunner rounds out the field of racer-conceived wackiness. From October 20th through 29th, fans will be able to vote for their favorites via Toyota Racing's Facebook page. Prizes are a matter of course for some lucky voters, while the award for the winning vehicle is a $50,000 donation to the driver's charity of choice.
-- Davey G. Johnson
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