Toyota showcased the Land Speed Cruiser last year at the SEMA auto show in the US. It was a 2000 hp version of the off-roading legend Land Cruiser but no one expected it to take on the land speed records as well. That is exactly what it has done as the performance SUV has managed to touch 370 kmph leaving several supercars in its dust.
The mammoth from Toyota has been known to possess invincible build quality which can withstand heaviest of punishments from natural as well as man-made causes. This is a far cry from the supercars which have light components which cannot withstand smallest of damages.
The Land Speed Cruiser was driven by a retired Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards who took it to 370.2 kmph on a 4 km runway set amidst the famous Mojave desert in California. The previous record by an SUV was only 340 kmph which the Toyota SUV has topped that too by a heavy margin.
The engine on the Land Speed Cruiser gets Toyota Motorsports expertise and is 5.7 litre V8 fitted with two big Garrett turbochargers coupled with a custom transmission and reinforced parts for the engine which can hold up so much pressure and massive power boost. The suspension has also bee stiffened to help with aerodynamics while the Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber helps keep the high speed maintained.
Toyota says they could have got an even higher figure but ran out of pavement. Toyota has both the video as well as GPS data to back up its claim and we don’t even doubt them. They are an automobile giant and they know better than to make false claims.