Toyota 220 MPH Twin Turbo Land Speed Cruiser
The larger than the life go-anywhere Toyota Land Cruiser utilitarian now challenges and beat-any-supercar with a 220 Mph Land Speed Cruiser
The Land Cruiser may be the only vehicle that has the correct name. Its go-anywhere capability is well utilized by UN missions around the world. Interestingly, besides few mechanical mods and upgrade along with the blue flag carrying post and the long VHF antennas, the civil Land Cruisers are more luxurious than the bare-bone Cruiser with standard air-con only ordered by the UN.
Breaking all the rules of normalcy, Toyota introduced the Land Speed Cruiser at 2016 SEMA, challenging the all 200 mph supercars. A purpose built, tarmac smooching SUV with Toyota’s 3UR-FE 5.7-liter V8. Two giant 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.
“From the outside, the Land Speed Cruiser appears quite normal, quite subtle,” said motorsports technical center 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.” “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.”
The Land Speed Cruiser is Toyota’s answer to the extreme. The 2017 Land Cruiser represents the present, and the first generation 1961 Land Cruiser harkens back to the past. These three distinctly different Land Cruisers—along with numerous other Toyota specialty vehicles displayed at SEMA