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Total Chaos racing the Mint 400

Curtis Guise

Administrator
Nicole at Total Chaos has been a good friend for about 20 years and was a huge help with the first Dezert People film in 2001. It's awesome to see her progress in offroad racing over the years and I wanted to share some photos from testing and info about her racing the Mint 400 this week. There is also a video from testing coming soon which I'll post here as soon as the editor has it ready. (UPDATE: video is posted below)

Some of you that follow the rally raid section might have seen the thread I started last year about Nicole running the Gazelle Rallye in Africa where she got 2nd place. There are tons of cool photos and videos. Click here for that thread.

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TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication (TC) will take on the Mint 400 off-road race in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday. The team will field #7211 — a Toyota Tacoma, known as “Lil T”, driven by TOTAL CHAOS co-founder, Nicole Pitell-Vaughan. Although TC equipped Toyotas swept the podium at this year’s Dakar in the T1.S class, it is the team’s opportunity to do some of their own testing and research close to home.

The race truck the team is entering into the 2017 Mint 400 is a 2005 Toyota Tacoma 2WD, equipped with custom suspension utilizing the same uniballs, materials, and construction techniques that are used in TOTAL CHAOS production suspension systems. Standing apart from the 7200 class competition, “Lil T” is not a tube chassis race truck. Under the Tacoma badging, is a production chassis retaining many original parts including the stock frame, cab, doors, and headlights. The custom built suspension bolts to the factory control arm mounting locations and utilizes modified OE Toyota components to complete the build. TC performed a 4.0L 6cyl motor swap, modified a 2007+ Tundra steering rack to fit the narrower vehicle and custom fabricated 86-95 Toyota 4WD lift spindles that utilize Land Cruiser hubs.

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TOTAL CHAOS will be posting updates throughout the Mint 400. Follow the team at:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/totalchaosfabrication

Instagram – www.instagram.com/totalchaosfabrication

Twitter – www.twitter.com/totalchaosfab

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DesertCreations

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Awesome!! I couldn't have won the 2016 BITD 7100 championship without the support from TOTAL CHAOS. Good luck to the team.
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Dezertpilot

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Nicole is good people, known her for a while now. Good luck Nicole and team TC!
 

Stuck Sucks

Well-Known Member
We've accidently bumped into her at remote remote Baja locations for races - she is awesome and will kick ass.
 

Curtis Guise

Administrator
After almost a 10 hour day in the race truck Nicole and Tim got it to the finish in 5th place. Nicole's goal was to finish the race without losing and body panels and they made it happen. Here are some of the race photos that were just sent to me and some info about their race.

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POST RACE REPORT - It was an overcast and windy day at this year’s Mint 400. And while many were focused on the party aspect of Vegas and the spectacle of the Mint, Team TC was focused on the task at hand, knowing they were bringing a knife to a gun fight. However, Pitell-Vaughan was racing the Nevada desert and with reports of an absolutely brutal course, she made a plan and stuck to it.

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The 116-mile lap was run 3 times, so the plan was to drive solid for the first lap and sort out the track, race the 2nd lap, and bring it home on the 3rd. All things went according to schedule on lap 1, but lap 2 was a game of survival with the Trophy Trucks that started an hour earlier roaring through. So with lost time on lap 2, and only 10 ½ total hours to complete the course inside the time limit, Nicole had clear air and charged hard, setting a blistering pace on lap 3. They passed vehicle after vehicle broken along the track – not surprising considering the refrigerator sized rocks and deeply rutted course. The team stayed inspired by the fans and teams who cheered them on, as the pump gas, door-banger Toyota on 35” BFG Mud Terrains, purchased off the shelf at Tire Rack, put the hammer down to get to the finish.

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Durability test for TOTAL CHAOS suspension? You bet. The best kind. www.chaosfab.com

CRC Industries, Rebelle Rally, Baja Designs, K&N Filters, FOX, #wd
Photos: Paolo Baraldi, Offroad Lifestyle
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dan200

#BSF200
I was helping another team but we got to share the Total Chaos pit at main. The plan for us was, we were just gonna wave at our truck when it went by and be there in case they needed a spare in the chute or whatever. There was no scheduled stop.

Right before the truck got to us at the end of lap one everything changed and now we had a much more complex situation on our hands. The Chaos squad jumped right in to help and were almost falling all over themselves to help. Their pit, tools and talent were a massive help to us and I/we couldn't be more grateful.
 
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Curtis Guise

Administrator
I was helping another team but we got to share the Total Chaos pit at main. The plan was for us was, we were just gonna wave at our truck when it went by and be there in case they needed a spare in the chute or whatever. There was no scheduled stop.

Right before the truck got to us at the end of lap one everything changed and now we had a much more complex situation on our hands. The Chaos squad jumped right in to help and were almost falling all over themselves to help. Their pit, tools and talent were a massive help to us and I/we couldn't be more grateful.
Awesome. Allot of the Chaos crew have been a part of the Locos Mocos crew as well running pits in Baja and sometimes VtoR. Proud to be a part of LM since we started it 20 years ago. Helping anyone as much as possible is always the goal.
 

FCORR

Well-Known Member
Thanks for posting Curtis, looked to be a very successful day for Nicole and the TC crew! Congrats to all on finishing such a tough race!
 
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