Be impressed, and a little afraid, by Toyota’s 2,000bhp Land Cruiser…
Built especially for SEMA, the annual US tuning show, Toyota have brought fans of everything speedy one of the fastest cars in the world; a modified Land Cruiser producing 2,000bhp and capable of reaching up to 220mph.
The question on everyone’s lips is, of course, how have Toyota managed to produce speed usually only heard of in conjunction with the names Ferrari or Bugatti? The answer, in the Japanese brand’s own words, is a ‘volleyball-sized Garrett turbocharger’ on each bank of the Land Cruiser’s 5.7-litre V8 engine.
Specially designed inlets in the bonnet allow for maximum airflow, along with a lower stance, roll cage and a small lip spoiler which combine to create a Land Cruiser that is subtly powerful, leaving the rest to the performance. This is similar to what the Land Cruiser available at Lancaster Toyota does; a design that combines subtlety and power is brought to life by incredible performance.
The Toyota motorsports tech centre manager, Chuck Wade, describes the monster machine: ‘From the outside, the Land Speed Cruiser appears quite normal, quite subtle. 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. I love the challenge of taking a vehicle and making it stronger, faster. Making something beyond outrageous keeps me coming back for more.’ Us, too.