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
While Hjalti's dropping tyre pressures to 10PSI to give the cars a wider footprint and better floatation, he shows us where the £7000-on-top-of-purchase-price (more in the EU) is hiding. Levering the plastic inner arch cover to one side he shows us a vein of weld running along the metalwork underneath - the tub's been extended upwards by four inches to accommodate fatter 33-inch tyres.
"We also fit stiffened dampers. They hold more fluid and help keep the taller 40mm lift springs from making the ride too unstable. Time for you to see now - we don't want to be here after dark. Very easy to get lost. Getting lost sucks."
We engage the diff locks, low-ratio box, press every button with a cactus on and lead a cautious coffle forth.