Toyota Land Speed Cruiser Hits 230 MPH, claims “World’s Fastest SUV” title

Toyota Land Speed Cruiser

Toyota amazed guests of the 2016 SEMA Show with an extremely uncommon Land Cruiser. Instead of dominating boulder-strewn trails like most modified Land Cruisers, the Land Speed Cruiser was developed to do something: go really, very fast. Now, the customized Toyota has caught a record for doing just that, clocking a GPS-verified speed of 230.02 miles per hour. Toyota says this accomplishment beats the previous record for world’s fastest SUV by 19 miles per hour.

The record was made by former Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. The Land Speed Cruiser had 2.5 miles of paved runway to stretch its reach and put its twin-turbo 5.7-liter V-8 to great use. The greatly modified Toyota 3UR-FE V-8 utilizes two huge Garrett turbochargers that can create as much as 55 psi. To deal with that level of increase, the engine got upgraded linking rods and pistons, a new intake manifold, and more. Toyota states the powerplant can “safely and reliably” make in excess of 2,000 hp.

Toyota Land Speed Cruiser

As you can most likely distinguish the photos, the Land Speed Cruiser has been decreased significantly to improve aerodynamics, stability, and, most importantly, at high speeds. On the very first run at at Mojave Air and Area Port, Edwards had the ability to hit 211 miles per hour matching the previous record before the SUV began lacking braking room. The engineers then upped the boost and the Land Speed Cruiser struck 230.02 miles per hour.

Toyota says it might go even much faster with sufficient road.

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