Toyota upgraded a 1966 FJ45 Land Cruiser with a 715 BHP NASCAR V8

shawn By On 15/11/2023 at 09:05

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Show this to everyone who tries to convince you that Toyota is uninteresting. The US team of Toyota Motorsports Garage created this FJ Bruiser Concept.


FJ Bruiser Concept built by the Toyota Motorsports Garage

The FJ Bruiser is a massive, rock-climbing machine that combines a 1966 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser Pickup with a modified NASCAR engine.

crew manager Marty Schwerter remarked, "At first it was referred to loosely as 'The Unstoppable FJ,' but by the time it was done it was a beastly vehicle, and so the team started referring to it as the FJ Bruiser.

According to our sources, Toyota Racing Development in California received the first call, and the intention was to commemorate the Land Cruiser's comeback to the US market. The current 5.8-liter NASCAR Camry V8 engine, which produces 715 horsepower with a three-speed automatic race-built gearbox, was tuned and provided to Schwerter's squad by TRD. After learning more about the engine and observing the side-exit MagnaFlow exhaust, we would definitely argue that Toyota is underselling the sound when it refers to it as "intimidating.

The body of the original Land Cruiser was transferred onto a specially designed tubular frame chassis to ensure it could handle all that power. The Bruiser retains its classic Land Cruiser powertrain, which includes an Advanced Adapter Atlas transfer case with four different 2WD and four additional 4WD gears, and a bespoke drivetrain with front and rear Currie differentials. The Bruiser can reportedly crawl at 12 mph in its lowest gear while reaching 7,000 rpm on the engine, and reach 165 mph in its highest gear at the same engine speed.

Along with large 42-inch BF Goodrich off-road tyres and 20-inch beadlock wheels, there are also beefy Fox shocks and Eibach springs. Another outrageously awesome feature is the tank track, which runs below the centre of the car and replaces the central skid plate. If you manage to beach the bruiser and lose all four corners of your grip, the tank track will power you out of really sticky circumstances. Indeed, we said "tank track." Heck, you can even press a button to activate it from within the cockpit. The Bruiser eliminates the need for winches.

Speaking of the cabin, Complete Customs has updated the FJ45's interior with Momo bucket seats and a 1968 Jackie Stewart championship steering wheel. And how adorable is that plaid trim? That honours the original bench seating on the FJ.

The coolest concept vehicle you've ever seen?


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