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
With the idiosyncrasies of sand cornering understood if not strictly mastered, we're promoted to the heavier Hilux. In terms of modifications, it's almost identical to the FJ - there's a set of big 285/70/17 33-inch tyres on Arctic Truck's own 10x17-inchers (with a more aggressive, poked-out offset), 40mm suspension lift all-round and beefy dampers.
But making progress requires a slight mental recalibration. The wheelbase is considerably longer, so you need more speed to scrape it over crests. There's virtually no weight over the back wheels either, which has the uncanny effect of burying you axle-deep in the sand.