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
Fortuitously, we have help. Namely Arctic Trucks' Hjalti Hjaltason, the man who helped Jeremy and James navigate to the Pole. And he's really quite handy off-road. Which is nice, because we're not.
Hjalti's given us the FJ (the one you can't buy in the UK that looks like it should have a giant steering wheel on the roof). Of the three - which includes a Land Cruiser and a Hilux - it's the lightest at 1948kgs, and the 4.0-litre V6 offers the keenest power to weight ratio (138bhp per tonne).
"You need power out here, not torque," says Hjalti. "You've got to maintain speed, not dig into the desert. This is a good learner car if you're a bit... not so good."