Toyota SEMA concept lets athletes… shower anywhere image

Talk about increased functionality and you could use as a fresh example the recently released LifeTime Fitness RAV4. That is, because, of course, after spending hours working towards their physical limits, Toyota knew the first thing professional triathletes would do is jump in their RAV4 and…take a shower.

Toyota-sponsored triathletes Sarah Haskins, Andy Potts, and Hunter Kemper jointly created a RAV4 with all of the “options” they considered fit for their events. The SUV was created by the Motorsports Technical Center in Torrance, Calif., and in addition to the shower, the RAV4 includes a spin dryer and gear storage compartments in the rear cargo area. The ability to dry out wet clothes is great, but triathletes need even more. To offset muscle pain, the athlete can enjoy a shiatsu massage in the front seat while reviewing race statistics and tracking data through the integrated iPad.

“This fun RAV4 brings together a triathlete’s passion for a healthy, active lifestyle and the drive for pushing ourselves to race faster and smarter,” Haskins said. “The cutting-edge tools incorporated in the vehicle will help us continue to build our racing skills, while enabling us to relax a little too.”

Haskins is one of the top female triathletes in the United States with 29 professional wins and has been part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic triathlon team. Kemper is the most awarded US triathlete in history and a four-time member of the US Olympic triathlon team. Potts competed on the 2004 Olympic team and won the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.