Hoping to beat the record, engineers increased the boost and the Land Speed Cruiser hit 230.03 mph before it ran out of runway.
On its first run, Edwards hit 211 mph matching the previous record.
It’s safe to say that this is the fastest SUV on the planet.” You would think, then, that the team would be satisfied with that title, but Toyota says that the Land Speed Cruiser could go even faster on a longer track.
“All I could think was that Craig said, ‘No matter what, just keep your foot in it,’ and we got 230 mph.
“At 225 mph, the thing was wandering a little bit,” said Edwards.
referring to To achieve that, the Land Speed Cruiser sits lower to the pavement, thus dramatically reducing the amount of turbulent air allowed to pass underneath.
The iconic Land Cruiser has been in production for over 60 years now.“The World’s Fastest SUV record was at 211 mph.
This was an aspirational goal that inspired us all,” said Steve Appelbaum, Toyota Motor Sales national engagement marketing manager.
Torrance: Toyota ‘s Land Speed Cruiser SUV has broken the previous “World’s Fastest SUV ” record by more than 19 mph, reaching a GPS-verified and video-documented 230.02 mph before running out of usable pavement, the company said in a media release.The SUV was driven by former Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and recorded a speed of over 230 mph, attained by the custom 2,000-horsepower Land Speed Cruiser.“At Toyota, we like to say ‘Let’s Go Places,’ and the Land Speed Cruiser goes places faster than any SUV before it.
“It’s safe to say that this is the fastest SUV on the planet.”
referring to Check out Nathan’s walk around of the World’s Fastest SUV at last year’s SEMA show to see that, yes, it was a stock Land Cruiser.
The result was a run that hit 230.02 mph and earned Toyota bragging rights to the World’s Fastest SUV.
To pull it off the engineers at Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center started with a stock Land Cruiser and a stock 5.7-liter V8 engine.
On a test run that saw Edwards hit 211 he could’ve gone faster, but ran out of pavement needed to slow the Land Cruiser down.
The mad geniuses’ at Toyota put NASCAR driver Carl Edwards behind the wheel of a heavily modified 2,000-hp Land Cruiser and gave him a airport landing strip to floor it on.