Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Japanese and Italian technology combine for new track day transporter.
A unique collaboration between Toyota and Ducati has produced one of the custom accessories of the year, unveiled at the recent SEMA custom car and truck show in California. The 2009 Tundra Ducati Desmosedici transporter –an accompaniment for the Italian factory´s Desmosedici RR- turned plenty of heads at the exhibition.
Toyota built the transporter from their regular Tundra CrewMax, with the frame stretched to accommodate the MotoGP replica. A hydraulic ramp, popup solar panels for extra power and flip up bedsides feature on the limited edition accessory, all with the Ducati red and white paintwork.
Ducati leant Toyota one of the special Desmosedici RR machines –the only street legal MotoGP bike- in addition to tools and leathers to test storage for the project.
`Toyota approached us for this project based on Ducati´s world-championship racing record and our reputation for the best in technology and performance,´ says Michael Lock, Ducati North America CEO. `It is a partnership that gives Ducati some visibility to an enthusiast crowd that we otherwise don't normally reach.´
The most famous owner of the RR since its unveiling at Mugello in 2006 is Hollywood star Tom Cruise, present in the MotoGP paddock at Laguna Seca earlier this year.
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