The Toyota Sienna R-Tuned Surprises Spectators in One Lap of America 2016
Who out there is proud to drive a minivan? That’s what we thought. There are some of you out there bursting to tell anyone about how supremely convenient a minivan is. Any time a friend has to move, any time there is stuff to haul, a road trip to embark on, or more than five people to transport, the person with the minivan is the coolest person in the room.
That might be the only time, though, which is why the rest of you are shaking your heads.
That’s why it shocked so many spectators when the Toyota Sienna placed in the top third overall in One Lap of America 2016.
One Lap of America is an extreme endurance multi-race event held since 1984. On a single set of wheels, competitors with all classes of vehicle embark on a seven-day road trip through a dozen states, covering over 2,800 miles — sometimes driving for over 24 hours straight — and compete in 17 different events.
Competing against the likes of the GT-R, Corvette, Evo, McLaren, Viper, and other more traditional sports cars, the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned held its own remarkably well, placing 21st overall out of 75 entrants.
To show what a minivan is truly capable of, Team Toyota Sienna took a stock Sienna minivan, and modified it for the track. The cabin was hollowed out, and all seats were removed. It was upgraded with heavy-duty brakes, racing shocks, custom air intake and exhaust, and performance wheels and tires… but under the hood was the same stock 3.5-liter V6 engine you’ll find in any Sienna on our Street Toyota lot.
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