Toyota's legendary four-wheel sport utility vehicle has been regarded as an iconic vehicle and has snatched up approval left and right over the 60 years that it has been released by the Japanese automaker. And now, Toyota Land Cruiser has added another achievement under its belt, the label of the "World's Fastest SUV". My oh my, we have a speed devil out here.
Previously at SEMA, Toyota gifted us the iconic Land Cruiser that is claiming to reach speeds of up 220 miles per hour. And the interesting part is that the we are talking about a vehicle that has an old-school body on frame model that has nearly 3 tons of 3 row seat leather seating that caters to 8 passengers. It is fitted with a 5.7 L V8 engine that can produce a whopping 381hp and has full four-wheel drive, and an $85,000 price tag. Considering its overall weight and built, we were doubtful that this SUV can go very fast, not to mention breaking speed records.
However, we were proved wrong by the Mega Land Cruiser, as it didn't only break the 220mph record. It also annihilated the 211 mph record held by a Brabus-modified Mercedes GLK V12 by completely speeding off to an impressive 230 mph. By now we are asking on how on earth did the Japanese automaker convert the normal Land Cruiser into a speeding maniac? All of these awesomeness starts with the boost. A pair of Garrett turbochargers were installed by scientists up at Toyota's Motorsports Technical Center, adding up to 55 lbs of pure boost.
The Toyota team then modified the internal parts with race specific pistons and connecting rods, knowing that the stock Toyota V8 would be damaged if it will handle such intense pressure. In addition to modifying other key parts, a custom intake manifold was also fitted to aid with the breathing. Toyota did not disclose the complete set of details. Definitely, there were plenty of other modifications as the end result is an astonishing 2,000hp that is mainly delivered through a custom racing transmission.
Power is not the only concern in all of these. The SUV's suspension was also taken into account, lowered and narrowed to aid the Land Cruiser in dealing with the 200 plus mph airflow. Moreover, the frame was also altered to aid the suspension's geometry, and with the help of the narrowed stance, the team will have no problem in running the SUV with wide Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The SUV was further fitted with a full interior cage with racing seat for safety reasons.
The modified SUV was brought to the Mojave Air and Space Port in California where the first run clocked in a 211mph record, but NASCAR driver Carl Edwards was running out of space to stop so the boost was altered again for better acceleration. The second run clocked in an impressive, GPS verified speed of 230.02 mph. We hate to break your bubble, but this speeding devil version of the Land Cruiser is not anywhere close to its production version.