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Twin-Turbo Toyota Land Speed Cruiser Lives Up to Its Name--Sema 2016

Discussion in 'Garage' started by OishiiJPN, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. OishiiJPN

    OishiiJPN Administrator

    The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is currently underway, and in a sea of glitzy and modified cars, it can be hard to stand out. Most SEMA vehicles tend to be over-the-top monstrosities just designed to attract attention -- and then you have Toyota, which has done virtually the exact opposite. The deceptively normal-looking Land Cruiser you see here is, in fact, the world's fastest SUV. With 2,000hp, the "Land Speed Cruiser," as it's called, can hit 220mph.

    Eight cylinders, two turbos, 2,000 horsepower:
    So, about that engine. It's a heavily modified version of the stock V8 that came in the Land Cruiser. The engineers slapped on a pair of "volleyball-sized" turbos, and added some holes in the bumper for air, so they ultimately produce more power. The end result is over 2,000hp -- more than enough to cause a few problems for other components, which is why virtually every single facet of the vehicle was modified or replaced.

    For a Land Cruiser, it's deceptively aerodynamic:
    When dealing with something like an SUV -- which has almost none of the aerodynamic efficiencies you'll find in ultra-high-speed vehicles like the Bugatti Veyron -- top speed is limited as much by the shape of the vehicle as the power under the hood. By lowering the Land Speed Cruiser, less air goes underneath it, and by smoothing out the underside, turbulence is kept to a minimum. That means not only less drag and higher top speeds, but more stability at those speeds, too.

    The most impressive thing about this is what you can't see:
    Sure, if you look from certain angles, you can see that it's not exactly stock, but by and large it looks like a normal-ish Land Cruiser -- not a 2,000hp beast that can beat a Ferrari F40 on the Autobahn. That's very much by design, and was actually one of the hardest parts of the build. A team of engineers at Toyota's Motorsports Technical Center literally cut the body off of a Land Cruiser, modified almost every single thing from the frame, to the suspension, to, well, obviously the engine, before carefully putting it back together again.

    There's nothing haphazard about that at all.

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