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2017 Toyota Tacoma | South Hills Toyota | Canonsburg, PA


The 2017 Toyota Tacoma’s supreme capabilities and the impact of racing

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma has it all. A 2016 Kelly Blue Book best resale value recipient, the Tacoma of 2017 surpasses last year’s mid-sized truck to deliver segment best power, performance, and capability.

In the Tacoma, it is mainly about capability. It has an available 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine that offers the perfect combination of efficiency and power.

Two different transmissions options are available depending on how much control you desire. The first is the 6-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on each model, but the other option is the 6-speed manual that puts you in complete control.

These powerful engine and transmission options allow the Tacoma to have some impressive capabilities including a towing capacity of up to 6,800 pounds.

Racing allows for great performance of the Tacoma as well as all passenger vehicles

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a top performing truck. But it didn’t get their alone. With a new start to the racing season, it is perhaps worth a look to see how the sport of automobile racing has impacted passenger vehicles.

Dangerous, heroic and exciting, racing in America and in the World, has not only inspired and transfixed racing fans addicted to its full throttle action, but it has also impacted our ever day lives in tremendously positive ways. It has done so by developing innovative technology. Technology that eventually found its way into our passenger vehicles.

The Indianapolis 500 is credited with the rearview mirror, turbocharging, and safety belts just to name a few. Turbocharging was first tried in 1952 at Indianapolis. The turbocharged roadster won the Indy pole in ’52 and finished well in the 500. Here is a closer look at the others and a few more to consider.

  1. In 1911, Indy 500’s first winner mounted a mirror to his race car as he opted to race without a riding mechanic, much the chagrin of his competitors. Upon reflection, it was a competitive edge that helped seal the victory.
  2. Indy 500 drivers of the 50’s took WW 2 aircraft pilot belts from Army surplus stores and had their mechanics install them in their racers. Safety belts became standard in vehicles in 1963.
  3. NASCAR is credited with improving the aerodynamics of passenger cars, the use of an inner lined tired that won’t burst when punctured, and improving fuel injection in engines. NASCAR has had a big impact on modern cars.
  4. Manufacturers have adopted Formula 1’s use of lightweight composite materials and having electronic driver controls engineered into steering wheels. Both seen in most of today’s cars.

All of them, and many others, were almost immediately adopted by automobile manufacturers throughout the world.

Now, you don’t have to go out and race your Toyota Tacoma to experience all its incredible features. Although you can pretend. But when you are out enjoying the 2017 Tacoma’s smooth performance, rugged capabilities, and advanced safety, remember, there was a wide-eyed racer in the past who sought a competitive edge or who simply longed to race again.

Visit  you local South Hills Toyota dealership and explore the 2017 Toyota Tacoma.

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged Toyota, Tacoma, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Truck, Toyota Dealer on 03/03/2017 at 10:24 AM