Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Baja 1000 Truck Can Be Yours
Tomorrow morning in Ensenada, Mexico, hundreds of off-road racers will sprint, bump, and energy drink their way to the city of La Paz some 1,130 miles away, which can mean only one thing. Time for the 2014 Baja 1000.Planning on making an exceptionally late entry? You might want to turn up in this – Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s own 1994 Toyota Trophy Truck. PHOTOS: The 2015 Toyota TRD Pro Series Tundra can tame the desert
For those unfamiliar with the "Ironman," Stewart began racing for Toyota and Cal Wells’ Precision Preparation Inc (PPI) off-road outfit in 1983, and would go on to win the Baja 500 a staggering 17 times, and the treacherous Baja 1000 on three separate occasions. His steely nickname? That came after winning the Baja 1000 by driving the entire 20-plus-hour race alone.
This iconic trophy truck, offered for sale at Charlotte’s RK Motors, is responsible for Stewart’s 1998 Baja 1000 win as well as four Baja 500 wins. Denoted as chassis 015, PPI crafted this trophy truck with a Toyota badge, though behind its Tundra/T100 looks, it’s all custom.
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Tucked in the middle of the 015 Toyota lies a 4.9-liter V8 racing engine, derived from Lexus’ 1UZ-FE V8, which sips gas from a 42-gallon fuel cell and delivers a goliath 550 horsepower. Those horsepowers exit through a stainless steel Borla exhaust, and if you’ve ever heard it rev, sound like a few quite pissed-off ponies.
Underneath, the Toyota boasts a custom double wishbone suspension in the front and rear, supported by bespoke PPI coilovers and Eibach springs. The serious suspension setup allots for an unbelievable 22-inches of wheel travel. But with a top speed of over 135 mph whilst cresting dunes and taming whoops, stopping in a hurry can be just as important as going. Stewart’s truck features four wheel disc brakes fitted with PPI rotors, Brembo calipers, and concealed by the massive set of beadlock wheels and 37-inch BF Goodrich T/A KR tires.
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Inside, the driver is strapped into the truck’s hand-built aluminum chassis with a Simpson racing harness and Mastercraft seat, mounted in the middle. To the left you have toggles for all 12 Hella HID spotlights; to the right are fan, ignition, and fuel pump switchgear. On the outside, the Toyota’s carbon-kevlar body bears a repaint of Ivan’s 2000 Baja race livery.
The truck was lovingly restored just a few years back by some of the PPI crew that originally brought it to life. But best of all, and probably worth nearly half as much as the truck itself, chassis 015 brings with it loads of unique spare parts, including quarter panels, fenders, hoods, brush guards, and 49 unmounted wheels. Interested? This legend of the Baja has been begging for a new home since 2012 and it will cost you $299,900.
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