San Clemente, CA – Team Azuñia Tequila is proud to announce the launch of its newest off-road racing truck, the Trophylite R8. The R8 comes from the hands of well-known Trophylite builder Greg Foutz and represents a one-of-a-kind spec class truck with a sealed and tagged V-8 engine, created to offer an economical, yet powerful, step up from the Trophylite class.
As the only existing 8 cylinder Trophylite vehicle, with a whopping 450 horsepower, the R8 will confidently make its racing debut in nothing less than the longest off-road race in the US, Best in the Desert’s “TCSO Vegas to Reno” race this Friday, Aug 19th. For experienced driver and last year’s class winner of this very race Jim Riley, the R8 is an exciting change from his previous truck: “I have enjoyed the spec class of Trophylite the last two years and achieved many of my racing goals. The R8 was the perfect solution for me to get some more power under the hood without stepping into the Trophy truck class just yet”, said Riley, CEO of Azuñia Tequila. Azuñia’s crew also includes an accomplished driver Rick Johnson, navigator Craig Malloy, and prep/navigator Matt “Shrek” Dowland.
To celebrate the launch of the R8, Azuñia Tequila will be presenting every banded racer with a special bottle of Regional Tequila, sister brand to Azuñia, during the official check in to the “Vegas to Reno” race. Every banded racer will be gifted a full size bottle with a custom made label, depicting the spirit of off-road and honoring the race’s founding organization, Best in the Desert.
The first public viewing of the new Trophylite R8 will be in the evening of Wednesday, Aug 17th during a pre-race party held at Hussong’s Cantina Las Vegas benefiting FAST-aid, a non-profit organization supporting injured racers. The R8 will be parked on display at the Mandalay Place valet and Team Azuñia Tequila would like to invite everyone to come see the one and only R8 in its full beauty, before it embarks on its first journey through the Nevada desert.