Five Team Toyota athletes and their big name partners had seven weeks to create the ultimate vehicles of their choice
Building the dream
The Toyota Dream Build Challenge gave five Team Toyota athletes and their big-name partners seven weeks to create the ultimate vehicles of their choice. Top Gear host and racing personality Rutledge Wood will announce the winner at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. local time.
Beauty and Brawn in Rally-Style Camry
NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and Kyle Busch Motorsports plunged into the rally racing world to transform the 2013 Camry SE into the "CamRally" for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge.
The exterior of the Camry turns heads with the vintage Toyota Racing color combination of red, orange and yellow. Working with Mooresville, N.C. shop Detroit Speed, Inc., the rest of the modifications create a real, road-ready rally car. Racing seats, turbos, racing windows, a roll cage, powerful brakes and heat protection add functionality and safety to the car for rough terrain. Fog lights and an aerodynamic package enhance the ability of the car when it hits the road. There's also a special CamRally logo with Kligerman's racing number 77.
Corolla Prepared to Ambush
BMX rider and Team Toyota athlete Drew Bezanson can turn any terrain into a fun run on his bike. The intensity could go up a notch when joined by the "Crusher Corolla," a creation dreamed up when Bezanson joined Toyota and Skullcandy to compete in the Toyota Dream Build Challenge. Music and BMX come together throughout the customized 2014 Corolla to make Bezanson's next ride a party for everyone involved.
Torrance, Calif. build shop Motorsports Technical Center infused BMX riding into the Corolla's design with custom grind rails added to the front and rear of the vehicle, rally wheels and a rack that mounts two bikes along the vehicle's back window. When the bikes are removed and the trunk opened, there are nesting locations for bike tools, plus a pair of mountable speakers with light bars.
'Let's Go Moto' Tundra
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.
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.
Race, Rinse and Repeat with Triathlon-Themed RAV4
Climb into the LifeTime Fitness RAV4 and kick back. The fitness company teamed up with Team Toyota triathletes Sarah Haskins, Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper to build a 2013 RAV4 with perks that not only soothe tired athletes, but also provide training intelligence.
The Motorsports Technical Center in Torrance, Calif., added the custom features, which include a hot water shower with a 5-gallon fresh water tank, a spin dryer and gear storage compartments in the rear cargo area. While the wetsuit drips into the drain, the athlete can enjoy a shiatsu massage in the front seat while reviewing race statistics and tracking data through the integrated iPad.
The relaxation doesn't end with the massage. In the rear seat, a refrigerator holds water and recovery drinks near the Blendtec blender and cupboard full of snacks. A wireless Bluetooth speaker allows music to move with an athlete around the vehicle. A custom roof rack keeps two bikes secure, yet easily accessible.
SEMA 4Runner Ready to Attack the Slopes
When athlete Simon Dumont partnered with Toyota and Oakley to create the ultimate vehicle for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge, it had to be a 4Runner as aggressive as the sport and with comforts appreciated by an athlete at the end of a long day. Meet the "Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner."
The crew at Herbst Smith Fabrication in Huntington Beach, Calif. created an aggressive look through oversized front grill work, a dark Oakley camouflage-patterned vehicle wrap, LED lights and a rugged, metal roof rack designed to electronically lower and open to store two sets of skis. Comfort is in all the details. The doors, music, windows and other interior features are controlled by three separate iPads for a high-end, customized experience. After a cold ski run, there is a coffeemaker, a dryer for each glove and boot and a mountable grill stored in the rear cargo area.
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