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Toyota Land Speed Cruiser Claims World's Fastest SUV

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a very famous full size SUV, especially in Nigeria where it an important part of any government convoy. It is officially built for the off roads but Toyota got bored and decided to build one special "Land Speed Cruiser", its sole purpose, to faster that any other SUV on the planet.

Now, the Toyota Land Speed Cruiser can officially be declared as the “World’s Fastest SUV” after reaching a record-breaking speed of 370km/h (230 mph).

The Land Speed Cruiser started out as a stock SUV before being heavily modified by a team of engineers at Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center. Using the standard 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8 engine as a starting point, they added a pair of volleyball-sized Garrett turbocharged capable of producing up to 55 PSI of boost. Such extreme force induction required sturdier pistons and rods and a custom-made intake manifold fitted to the engine internals. All these modifications summed up and the V8 engine was churning out a heavy 2,000 horsepower.

Custom racing transmission had to be fitted to cope with the extreme power and in order to improve the aerodynamics, stability, and controllability, the SUV was lowered significantly, and the frame was narrowed by three inches to allow wider Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to be fitted.

The 4 km (2.5-mile) runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California was used for the run and behind the wheel of the Land Speed Cruiser was former Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. On its first run, Edwards hit 340 km/h (211 mph) matching the previous record. Hoping to beat the record, engineers increased the boost and the Land Speed Cruiser hit a GPS-verified speed of 370.19 km/h (230.03 mph) before it ran out of runway.

You would think that Toyota would be satisfied with that title, but Toyota says that the Land Speed Cruiser could go even faster on a longer track.

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