Driven: Xtreme Toyotas built for the desert
Arctic Trucks – who made the vehicle Top Gear took to the North Pole – have built some new ones. And these are for sand…
Posted: 11 Apr 2012
We're promptly given an inkling that civilization's approaching; dromedaries in a cage. Then the sand gets coarser, ordinary steering reaction makes a welcome if partial return (our tyres are still at 10PSI) then, unceremoniously, we're roadside.
We get back into the FJ for the first road leg back to Dubai. When we were thrumming up shifting, deadly dunes, it made a lot more sense than it does on the road - heaving its centre of gravity up 40mm's added a drunken sway through corners. The tyre roar's also a constant, hissing intrusion above 40mph. Next, the Hilux. The standard car feels like it views road noise, wobbly cornering and a choppy ride as objectives not shortcomings, and this is much the same.