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The Toyota Land Cruiser is typically driven or owned for its ruggedness and utility, but Toyota USA had other ideas for the example destined for SEMA this year. Behold, the 2,000 hp, twin-turbocharged 5.7 litre V8 Land Speed Cruiser.

“From the outside, the Land Speed Cruiser appears quite normal, quite subtle. This is what makes it so special. Every single system and component has been touched. The trick is getting the body back onto the heavily modified frame,” said motorsports technical center manager Chuck Wade.

Toyota’s 3UR-FE 5.7 litre petrol V8 served as the basis for this project of massive horsepower, which in this guise has a “volleyball-sized” Garrett turbocharger affixed to each bank of cylinders, feeding directly from circular air inlets in the front bumper. Putting the resulting output of over 2,000 hp to the road is an ATI transmission.

Also at the front of the Land Speed Cruiser is a deep splitter to help keep its wind-bashing properties in check; handy when the big Toyota is capable of 352 km/h. The Land Speed Cruiser isn’t the only Land Cruiser on display at SEMA. It is joined by others, including the 1961, first-generation Land Cruiser.