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Antron Brown's Toyota "Dragquoia" Wins Gran Turismo Award At SEMA

Posted by Josh Chang on Tue, Nov 06, 2012 @ 02:42 PM

Toyota SequoiaThis ridiculous Toyota Sequoia based family dragster, affectionately named the Toyota "Dragquoia", won Sony Computer Entertainment America's Grand Turismo Award as the Best Truck or SUV at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Gran Turismo Awards are a set of awards given to the best cars on display recognizng best car design and innovation in six categories at the annual SEMA Motor Show in Las Vegas. 

Toyota commissioned NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) driver Antron Brown and the Motorsports Technical Center in Torrance, California to put this crazy car together for him to compete in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. As the quacky name suggests, the "Dragquoia" is a Toyota Sequoia that has been totally stripped down and put back together into a lean drag racing machine that looks nothing like the full size SUV it started out as. 

DreamBuildSequoiaAntron015 resized 600Under the hood, the Dragquoia has a supercharged V8 engine with NOS (nitrous oxide) and side exhausts which generate an absurd 650 horsepower. Brown's team cut 1,600 pounds off the production Sequoia's weight so Toyota is claiming it can run a quarter-mile in 9-10 seconds! We're not sure if this car will ever actually hit a track, but it's ready to go and has four racing seats with 5-point harnesses so the entire family can enjoy the ridiculousness that is the Dragquoia. 

Check out these videos to see some of the build process and the Dragquoia's first run!

 

Sources: Toyota Pressroom, YouTube, AutoWeek

Topics: Toyota Sequoia, SEMA

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