The Desert Legend

The 015 PPI-Toyota Off-Road Trophy-Truck

One of the most storied legacies in racing was established by PPI’s partnership with Toyota. Between 1983 and 2000, the tandem dominated the world of off-road racing with multiple wins and championships in nearly every series they entered. During that time, the PPI-Toyota partnership yielded an indelible record of success.

These results include a remarkable ten Baja 500 and two Baja 1000 victories. Six of those ten Baja 500 wins were consecutive (1989-1994), and two of them were earned in conjunction with Baja 1000 wins the same years (1993 and 1998). In 1993, the team became the only organization in history to sweep the “Crown Jewels” of desert racing – the Nevada 400, Baja 500, and Baja 1000 – in a single season.

SCORE Desert Victories 33
SCORE Off-Road World Championship Victories 4
SCORE Off-Road Overall Championships 2
SCORE Off-Road Unlimited Class Championships 2
SCORE Trophy-Truck Championships 1
SCORE Off-Road Overall Driver’s Championships 1
HDRA Desert Victories 1
Total Off-Road Victories 88
Total Off-Road Manufacturer’s Championships 11
Driver Ivan "Ironman" Stewart
1994 San Felipe 250, Baja 500, Fireworks 250
1995 Laughlin Challenge, Parker 400, SCORE Trophy-Truck Championship
1997 Baja 500
1998 Baja 500, Baja 1000
1999 Baja 500

The legend of the PPI/Toyota Trophy Truck would not be complete without acknowledging its legendary driver, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart. He joined the PPI/Toyota team in 1983 and found instant success in both desert and stadium racing. In 1990, he became the only driver in SCORE series history to win both the SCORE Overall and Unlimited Class championships in the same year – a feat he repeated in 1993. He also holds the record for all-time MTEG wins with 17.

In 2000, Stewart shared co-driving duties with Larry Roeseler, a motorcycle champion who has earned 12 Baja 1000 wins (more than any other competitor in the sport) and nine overall Baja 500 wins. That year, the duo drove the PPI/Toyota entry in two “millennium” events – the Best in the Desert Nevada 2000 and the SCORE Baja 2000.

The 015 PPI/Toyota Trophy Truck is the last iteration of the highly successful off-road vehicles built by PPI for competition. It made its desert debut in 1994 and raced a limited schedule – but still managed to collect ten victories, including four Baja 500 and one Baja 1000 wins. The vehicle features a unique center seat for the driver – showcasing the Ironman’s unparalleled ability to complete entire desert races without a navigator or a relief driver. It also comes with a comprehensive package of ancillary items and support materials, including chassis blueprints and related equipment.

Type Tundra Racing V8 4 valves per cylinder Double Overhead Cam
Displacement 4.9 liters
Power 560+ hp at 8200 rpm
Induction TRD/EFI Technologies, Port Injection
Bore 3.54 inches
Stroke 3.75 inches
Compression Ratio 13:1
Fuel F&L Racing, 108+ Octane
Exhaust Borla Stainelss Steel Tuned Exhaust with Mufflers and USFS Approved Spark Arrestors
Engine Development and Maintenance Toyota Racing Development (TRD) USA, Inc.
Transmission 5-speed Manual PPI Modified, Hewland Internals
Clutch Tilton Carbon/Carbon Double Disk
Final Drive Precision Preparation, Inc. – Custom Transaxle
Chassis Chrome-Moly Steel Tube Fram, Mid-Engine Design
Body Carbon/Kevlar, with Quick Release Fasteners for Servicing Truck during Race
Steering PPI Rack & Pinion, Power Assisted
Seating Single Seat, Center Position Custom Seat
Hoses and Coolers Earl’s Performance, Aircraft Type
Paint PPG Automotive Finishes with Flexible and Visual Enhancers
Type Four-Wheel Fully Independent, Double-Wishbone
Front/Rear Position Sensitive Coil Spring
Shock Absorbers Bilstein Race Series, Velocity and Position Sensitive, Single Coil Over Shock per Wheel
Wheels Ultra Custom Wheels – 17” x 7” with Tire Bead Lock
Tires BF Goodrich Project Baja T/A, 37” diameter x 12.5” width x 17” rim, Radial Construction
Brakes 4 Wheel Disc Brembo Calipers, Precision Preparation Inc.-Manufactured Rotors, PPI Power Assisted Brakes
Lights Hella High Intensity Discharge, Two Lights for Daytime Running and 12 Lights for Nighttime, Anti-Collision Rear Safety Light
Safety First-Aid and Survival Supplies with Aerial Flares; On-Board Fire Suppression System; Fuel Safe, Fuel Cell Bladder System; MOMO Fire Retardant Multi-Layered Driver Suit; Racing Shoes from No Fear; Bell Helmet for Head Protection; Impact Resistant Lens Goggles for Eye Protection
Race Weight 3,900 lbs.
Wheel Base 120 inches
Wheel Travel 22 inches
Overall Length 188 inches
Overall Width 80 inches
Height 64 inches
Ground Clearance 17 inches
Track Width Front – 68 inches; Rear – 68 inches
Fuel Capacity 43 gallons