Toyota Landcruiser is world’s fastest SUV [video]
A 2,000-horsepower Toyota Landcruiser has earned the title of World’s Fastest SUV.
The Toyota Landcruiser has always been renowned for being tough. But until recently, performance isn’t something you’d necessarily associate with it. Let’s be honest, there are far quicker equivalent vehicles out there, like Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which boasts a 0-100km/h time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 290km/h.
However, with some wicked modifications, a Toyota Landcruiser driven by retired NASCAR driver Carl Edwards has eclipsed the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and secured the title of ‘world’s fastest SUV’.
The 230.02 MPH (368km/h) run at the 2.5 mile (4km) Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California was achieved after two practice attempts, which hit 198 and 211 MPH (317 and 338km/h) respectively.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Landcruiser – or “Land Speed Cruiser” as it’s now known – was packing some serious power ahead of the run.
Utilising the standard 5.7-litre petrol V8 engine as a starting point, Toyota then added a pair of “volleyball-sized” Garrett turbochargers that could deliver over 55psi of boost. The pistons, rods and inlet manifold were then significantly upgraded to cope with all the extra power being produced. The standard transmission was also ditched in favour of a racing version capable of transferring all of that power to the wheels.
The end result is a Landcruiser that boasts over 2,000-horsepower, which could have travelled even faster with more roadway, according to Toyota.
“At Toyota, we like to say ‘Let’s Go Places,’ and the Land Speed Cruiser goes places faster than any SUV before it – this was an aspirational goal that inspired us all,” Toyota’s Steve Appelbaum said.
“We achieved success by employing the kind of innovative solutions and unyielding determination that have long represented the core of Toyota’s soul.”
Here’s a video of the Landcruiser’s epic run: