370km/h Toyota Land Cruiser smashes SUV speed record
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Toyota has set the record for the world's fastest SUV as a modified Land Cruiser hit speeds of 230 miles per hour (370km/h).
The turbocharged vehicle rocketed along a 2.5 mile (4km) California runway to beat the previous record of 211 miles per hour (340km/h).
Dubbed the 'Land Speed Cruiser' by the daredevil team, the SUV underwent a myriad of modifications to get it up to pace.
The custom-built, 2,000-horsepower Cruiser had two turbochargers added to its regular 381hp, 5.7L V8 engine to increase its power output five-fold.
Alongside several other engine modifications, the SUV had wider tires and reduced suspension to boost its top speed.
It took former NASCAR driver Carl Edwards just two attempts to break the SUV land speed record.
Modifications to the car's volleyball-sized turbochargers allowed the racer to add 19 miles per hour (30km/h) to his first attempt.
He only slowed down because he had run out of usable pavement - with enough track ahead, the Cruiser could be expected to go even faster.
Test driver Craig Stanton said adjustments to the vehicle added stability at the SUV's terrifying top speeds and gave the car unbelievable acceleration.
'I wanted the Land Speed Cruiser to provide the confidence you need, as a driver, to keep pushing even when the world around you becomes a high speed blur,' he said.
'We made some setup adjustments, and it not only accelerates and shifts more smoothly, but it also has enhanced stability.'
The record attempt was made at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California.
In addition to being one of the few places in the US where supersonic flight is allowed, it features a two-and-a-half-mile paved runway.
Mr Edwards said: 'At 225 mph, the thing was wandering a little bit. All I could think was that Craig said, "No matter what, just keep your foot in it," and we got 230 mph.
'It's safe to say that this is the fastest SUV on the planet.'
While Toyota may have claimed the overall title, Bentley still holds the record for the fastest unmodified production SUV, having reached 187mph (301kph) on a test track prior to its release in September 2015.
The record-breaking SUV
- The vehicle was a modified Toyota Land Cruiser
- It had two turbochargers added to its regular 381hp, 5.7L V8 engine
- This increased the vehicle's power five-fold to 2,000hp
- The SUV also had wider tires and reduced suspension to boost its top speed