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
In the Land Cruiser, however, you feel like you'd definitely survive. It's the extremest of the Xtremes - there are 17x10-inch alloys, 35-inch-tall by 12-inch-wide tyres, flared fenders, tubbed arches, side protection bar, huge dampers and a 40mm suspension lift.
Hjalti says: "It takes us a week to build a Land Cruiser - the differences don't sound like they'd take that much time, but there are hundreds of small changes to make. Instead of modifying parts, we source them from other models - the longer bump stops are from a Toyota Prado with air suspension, for example. The cars travel as well, so Toyota dealerships worldwide have to be able to service it; you can't go into Pimp My Ride territory."