Who knew Toyota had this up its sleeve. By this, we mean a Land Speed Cruiser modified in all the right ways to blaze a 220 miles per hour trail.
The 2,000-horsepower beast is the headliner of Toyota’s SEMA lineup this year. Sure, it starts with the stock 5.7 liter V8 under the hood, but don’t let that deceive you. The engine is modified with “volleyball-sized” Garrett turbochargers flanking each side that breathe directly through front inlets in the specially designed aerodynamic hood. It also has a custom ATI transmission.
The tires are lower and beefier, too. Plus, other aerodynamic touches gives it a sleek look bumper to bumper.
“From the outside, the Land Speed Cruiser appears quite normal, quite subtle,” said motorsports technical center manager Chuck Wade, who built this vehicle with his team of engineers. “This is what makes it so special. Every single system and component has been touched. The trick is getting the body back onto the heavily modified frame.”
Other Toyota mods include the Prius G Extreme, which is capable of pulling 0.99 Gs in the corners, along with a two-door XTREME Corolla, and the wide-body Extreme Sienna fit with performance parts.
Toyota also rolled out its Tacoma TRD Pro Race Truck at SEMA. It will compete in the 2017 Mint 400 race. Instead of a V8, it features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 that powers all four wheels. The truck was fitted with 2.5-inch coilovers from Fox and has Multi-Terrain select, as well as Crawl Control, to tackle the tough terrain. Check out the builds below.