• Nov 10th 2009 at 5:58PM
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2010 4Runner for the Baja 1000 -- Click above for high-res image

Toyota is taking a nearly stock 2010 4Runner to the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in about ten days, and the immortal Ivan "Ironman" Stewart will be piloting. Toyota hasn't said what changes to the production truck will be made, but the class rules dictate that runners stay pretty close to factory specs, while allowing more serious mods to the suspension and whatever is needed inside for a safety cage.

In addition to the loss of the rear gate and the swapped-out wheels, we imagine a thorough shock overhaul and a minor engine tune. We'll look for more in-depth info on the car as the race gets closer, but for now we'd like to let Toyota know that they need to add this package -- minus the cage and spare -- to the 4Runner's showroom offerings. You can read about the truck in the presser after the jump, and click above for a high-res image or check out the stock '10 4Runner in our gallery below.

[Source: Toyota]


Toyota 2010 Model Year 4Runner Slated for the SCORE Baja 1000
Baja 1000 4Runner: The Fifth Generation 2010 Toyota 4Runner to run in the "Stock mini" Class

TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2009)
– Toyota will make history by entering its 2010 Model Year Fifth Generation 4Runner in the internationally renowned SCORE Baja 1000. With over 672 miles in length and a time limit of 31 hours, the Baja 1000 is one of the toughest desert races in the world.

Over 325 entries are expected from around the world to compete in the 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 – the last desert race of the season scheduled for November 20-21, in Ensenada, Mexico.

Toyota will test its newest 4Runner and showcase the SUV's capabilities and durability in the Mexican desert's treacherous terrain. "Historically, only half of the racers finish this incredible test of man and machine, but we're confident the Fifth Generation 4Runner will be a major contender in the stock mini class and can handle the grueling course", said Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager.

One of the scheduled drivers will be the legendary Ivan "Ironman" Stewart – 22-time SCORE Baja race winner. Stewart has successfully conquered the toughest obstacles in off-road racing and was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006. "I'm thrilled to have been chosen to be one of the drivers to once again prove the toughness and durability of Toyota vehicles. I'm sure the Fifth Generation 4Runner will be tough enough to survive even my Iron foot", said Stewart. Co-driving the 4Runner will be the teams of Bob Ditner/Zach Zwillinger from the start line to Borrego Junction, Ken Ziesemer/Mark Sasaki throughout the San Felipe loop, Joe Nolan/Paul Williamsen from Borrego to Valle De La Trinidad, and Ivan Stewart/Bob Ditner from Valle De La Trinidad to the finish line. The 4Runner will run on General Tires and utilize the famous Baja Pits Organization throughout the course.

The 2009 Baja 1000 will be a single loop race – starting and finishing in Ensenada on the Pacific Ocean side of the magnificent peninsula and run through Mexican villages -- luring in tens of thousands of spectators.

The Fifth Generation 4Runner
The fifth generation 4Runner has an improved V6 engine with better fuel economy and 34 more horse-power than the previous V6. It also adds 17 inch wheels and two additional airbags-for a total of eight, providing buyers more than $1,700 worth of added content. However, the price of the popular four wheel drive V6 SR5 remains unchanged at $30,915. Vehicles will begin arriving at dealerships in late-November.

For Fifth Generation 4Runner specs visit: http://www.toyota.com/4runner/specs.html

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      The one in the main picture seems highly modified.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its amazing what you think highly modified is. All I see are wheels, tires, suspension kit, and a cage. Things you can do in a home garage in one weekend does not equal highly modified. The body, chassis, and drivetrain are all stock.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      I Heart TRD Trucks.

      The 4 Runner has been good from the start.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I feel bad for the Ironman. To pilot a "stock mini" over the Baja desert for almost 1,000 miles will be 10 times more violent than the plush ride he had in his Trophy Truck days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That doesn't look "nearly-stock" to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except for the cage, all I see there is right out of the TRD catalog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nearly stock..... hardly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good luck to them. Hope they lose to HUMMER.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope they beat those soon to be chinese too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The press release says they'll "make history" but doesn't say how. What's so historic about entering this SUV in the race?

      Nice PR.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a bad idea if their going to sell Civilian versions of it, Ford supposedly sold most of the Raptors that they produced and Toyota doesn't really have a flagship truck model
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Ridgeline won this class last year, so let's not get too juiced on how this really brings out the truck in trucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why don't you take a look at what lost last year?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ridgeline surely is tougher than I think. Because I think it's a joke that shares more with a Subaru Baja than even a Tacoma. But either way, even if the 4Runner wins, don't get too excited, because a trucklet with independent suspension and an Accord motor can win the class too.

        Baja Beetles finish the race, saying something must be a hell of a truck to finish is rather misleading. It's an accomplishment, it's an accomplishment I likely could never do. But it's also quite possible to overstate what it indicates about the vehicle in question.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or maybe the Ridgeline is tougher than you think. I'd say just finishing the 1000 is more proof of a truck's worth than assumed opinions brought on my marketing hype.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'Nearly Stock' doesn't matter

      For offroad, suspension is all that matters. Yes power is important but just about any trucks today have enough - VW beetles get through the Baja year after year.

      Put a vehicle out there with stock suspension and that'll get me to notice
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they remembered to tether the floormat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the floormat thing is old news buddy, maybe you can get with the times and the fact that the CHP officer didn't have the sense to try and put the car into neutral. Anyway, back on topic i think the new 4Runner looks great and this thing looks even better. Lexus already won with their LX, now it's Toyota's turn to win with the 4Runner.
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