Toyota first showed off the Land Speed Cruiser at last year’s SEMA aftermarket show. It’s built for high-speed driving, with the Land Cruiser’s standard 5.7-liter V8 sporting a pair of turbochargers the size of volleyballs. Stronger engine internals combines with the blowers to produce a 2,000-plus horsepower.
It’s more than just an engine. In order to keep the vehicle right side up, Toyota dropped the ride height for extra stability, and its frame received a few modifications — namely, it was narrowed by 3 inches in order to fit larger, stickier Michelin Pilot Super Sports tires.
Hitting that world-record speed took more than one attempt. Edwards’ first run achieved 211 mph. In order to cram more speed into the same distance, Toyota turned up the boost pressure, which gave Edwards the hustle he needed to achieve 230 mph.
Toyota will not sell you this Land Cruiser, nor will it offer up something like this for purchase. However, if you have the $83,000 for a Land Cruiser and another, say, $100,000 for modifications, you can always build a Land Speed Cruiser for yourself.