Toyota has made a special, one-off Tundra pickup that’s a mobile pizza factory.
This year’s SEMA show has given us a lot of things to be excited about. FCA has provided 1,000 horsepower engines, Chevrolet has given us new stripes and an electric Camaro, and Toyota has given us a Tundra that makes pizzas.
In collaboration with Pizza Hut, Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center (MTCI) has built a Toyota Tundra that has been modified into a “mobile pizza factory.” Because why not?
“As the flagship Toyota truck, the Tundra is a workhorse in the truest sense,” said Ed Laukes, Toyota Marketing VP and Chief Pizza Truck Proponent. “Its great strengths are its extreme capability and eminent versatility, and what better way to illustrate that than by turning it into something completely unique—a hydrogen fuel cell electric-powered, pizza-making robotic vehicle!”
Not only is this a pizza-making Tundra, but it’s also a green pizza-making Tundra. The stock 381-hp, 5.7-L i-FORCE V8 engine has been removed in favor of the same hybrid powertrain found on the Toyota Mirai. It drinks not a drop of gasoline and instead favors clean-burning hydrogen fuel.
But the real magic happens in the Tundra’s bed, which has been converted into an automated pizza kitchen. A refrigerator stores some pre-assembled pizzas (courtesy of a Pizza Hut employee) which is opened by a robotic arm. The arm then selects a pizza and places it on the portable, high-efficiency conveyor oven. Six to seven minutes later, it comes out the other end a fully cooked pizza.
A second robot arm then grabs the cooked pizza, places it on the slicer, slices it into 6 meticulously perfect slices, and then places it in a box, ready for delivery.
Best of all, the only emissions the truck produces are water vapor and the siren’s smell of Pizza Hut pizza.
To get a good look at Toyota’s pizza truck and maybe even grab a slice to go, head on down to Toyota’s booth at the SEMA Show before November 2nd. While supplies last, of course.