Toy­ota’s 2,000hp su­per ‘Cruiser

Motor Equipment News - - OEM -

Broad shoul­dered and con­fi­dent, the vaunted Toy­ota Land Cruiser au­thored the rule­book for Sport Util­ity Ve­hi­cles. This year, the Land Speed Cruiser will write a new chap­ter in the SUV’s his­tory book.

De­but­ing at Toy­ota’s 2016 Spe­cialty Equip­ment Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion (SEMA) Show dis­play in Novem­ber, the Land Speed Cruiser is a lowslung, pur­pose-built sled of a ve­hi­cle ca­pa­ble of gen­er­at­ing more than 2,000hp (1,500kW) and a top speed of 350km/h that leaves most sports cars in the dust.

“From the out­side, the Land Speed Cruiser ap­pears quite nor­mal, quite sub­tle,” said mo­tor­sports tech­ni­cal cen­tre man­ager Chuck Wade, who built this ve­hi­cle with his team of engi­neers. “This is what makes it so spe­cial. Ev­ery sin­gle sys­tem and com­po­nent has been touched. The trick is get­ting the body back onto the heav­ily mod­i­fied frame.”

The build team sur­gi­cally ex­tracted the outer shell of a 2016 Land Cruiser. Be­neath the sur­face of the Land Speed Cruiser lies the rugged dura­bil­ity of Toy­ota’s 3UR-FE 5.7-litre petrol V8. A vol­ley­ball-sized Gar­rett tur­bocharger flanks each bank of cylin­ders and breathes di­rectly through front in­lets in the spe­cially de­signed aero­dy­namic hood. The engine is linked to an ATI trans­mis­sion.

“I love the chal­lenge of tak­ing a ve­hi­cle and mak­ing it stronger, faster,” Wade added. “Mak­ing some­thing be­yond out­ra­geous keeps me com­ing back for more.”

“With the Land Speed Cruiser, we are break­ing all of the nor­mal con­ven­tions of what an SUV should be,” said Steve Ap­pel­baum, Toy­ota Mo­tor Sales na­tional en­gage­ment mar­ket­ing man­ager. “This is a ve­hi­cle is truly a feat of en­gi­neer­ing.”

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