Ducati North America teamed up with Toyota to introduce a Tundra truck concept configured as a transporter for the Desmosedici RR.
The 2009 Tundra Ducati Desmosedici transporter was unveiled at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show, held Nov 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nev.
“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, chief executive officer of Ducati North America. “It is a partnership that gives Ducati some visibility to an enthusiast crowd that we otherwise don’t normally reach.”
The sides of the Tunda Ducati Desmosedici open to reveal storage compartments.Based on a Toyota Tundra CrewMax, the concept vehicle has an extended frame to accommodate a 6.5-foot bed. The sides of the truck bed flip open to reveal tool cabinets for storing track day gear. Small electric accessories can receive power from pop-up solar panels. The truck is also fitted with a Rampage motorized ramp to load and unload motorcycles.
Wearing Ducati’s signature red paint finish with white stripes, the concept vehicle is a stylistic match to the Desmosedici RR. Fast Ed’s Interiors from Torrance, Calif. was commissioned to outfit the truck’s cabin for a look that Ducati North America says “combines high tech style with Italian flair.”