Is the Lexus UX a Dressed Up Toyota C-HR?

The question is out there, the upcoming Lexus UX looks like it shares the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) with several vehicles including the Toyota CH-R. While there is very little official information about the Lexus UX, officials from Lexus confirmed that it will be cut.

Here’s a bit of information coming from our friends at TFLcar. Remember: We have the TFL team videos on our Autowerkz.TV  Autos Channel.

Lexus UX Concept

This first question comes from a viewer who wants to know what’s going on with the Lexus UX crossover.

Q:Hi Nathan; I would like to know if you hear anything on the future of the LEXUS UX, about the production?

Thank You

M Richards
Lexus UX Concept

A: Howdy M!

The upcoming Lexus UX competes with the the Audi Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, and the BMW X1. It will slot under the Lexus NX. It looks like it will share its platform and some components with the Toyota CH-R.

Here’s what we know:

  • It’s official – the Lexus UX is heading to production.
  • There will be a hybrid available, Lexus applied for the UX 250 and UX 250h trademarks.
  • This will be the entry model as the Lexus CT-200h is ending production soon.
  • Rumor has it that there will be more information (and, possibly, a reveal) at the 2017 Los Angeles International Auto Show

That’s about all I got. Hopefully, Lexus will leak some additional details soon.

Cheers!

N

 

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Toyota Land Speed Cruiser hits 230.02 MPH on a Record Run Driven by Carl Edwards

 

Can you believe a Toyota Land Cruiser “Toyota Land Speed Cruiser” hit 230.02 MPH? This story debuted a week back, but we just got our hands on their video. Pretty oddball stuff, especially considering it comes from one of the most conservative brands – Toyota.

Torrance, Calif., May 5, 2017— Land Cruiser, Toyota’s iconic go-anywhere four-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicle, has earned myriad accolades and records over the 60-plus years it’s been in production. And now, among them: the title of “World’s Fastest SUV” thanks to a record speed of over 230 mph, attained by the custom 2,000-horsepower Land Speed Cruiser.

With former Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards at the helm, the understated Land Speed Cruiser shattered the previous “World’s Fastest SUV” record by more than 19 mph, reaching a GPS-verified and video-documented 230.02 mph before running out of usable pavement. With enough track ahead, the Land Speed Cruiser could be expected to go even faster.

“At Toyota, we like to say ‘Let’s Go Places,’ and the Land Speed Cruiser goes places faster than any SUV before it. This was an aspirational goal that inspired us all,” said Steve Appelbaum, Toyota Motor Sales national engagement marketing manager. “We achieved success by employing the kind of innovative solutions and unyielding determination that have long represented the core of Toyota’s soul.”

The Land Speed Cruiser, which debuted at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, started life as a stock production model before being heavily modified by a team of engineers at Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center (MTC).

“The World’s Fastest SUV record was at 211 mph. That’s extremely fast. Toyota thought, ‘Why don’t we make a really, ultra-powerful Land Cruiser, and let’s just see how fast we can make it can go,’” said MTC Manager, Chuck Wade.

Using the Land Cruiser’s production 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8 engine as a starting point, the team added a pair of volleyball-sized Garrett turbochargers that are capable of producing up to 55 PSI of boost. To cope with extreme force induction, the MTC team upgraded the engine’s internals with sturdier pistons and rods and a custom-made intake manifold, among other key items. This helped ensure the monstrous V8 could safely and reliably produce over 2,000 horsepower for its record-setting runs. The role of doling power was left to a custom racing transmission strong enough to withstand the stresses and abuses of high power and tremendous speeds.

However, building the engine was the easy part. Driving in excess of 200 mph challenges a vehicle’s aerodynamics and stability. To aid controllability, the Land Speed Cruiser sits lower to the pavement, thus dramatically reducing the amount of turbulent air allowed to pass underneath. Its frame received some massaging in order to maintain optimal suspension geometry, and was narrowed by 3 inches to accommodate wider Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Test driver and championship road racer Craig Stanton played a key role in fine tuning the Land Speed Cruiser’s setup at Toyota’s Arizona Proving Ground (TAPG). His input was translated into tactile changes made by MTC’s engineers.

“I wanted the Land Speed Cruiser to provide the confidence you need, as a driver, to keep pushing even when the world around you becomes a high speed blur,” he said. “We made some setup adjustments, and it not only accelerates and shifts more smoothly, but it also has enhanced stability.”

With the Land Speed Cruiser dialed in and finally ready for its record-setting run, recently retired Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards met the team at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. In addition to being one of the very few places in the U.S. where supersonic flight is allowed, it features a two-and-a-half-mile paved runway perfectly suited to the Land Speed Cruiser’s mission.

Prior to Edwards’ run, Stanton warmed up the SUV, moving it along at a hefty 198 mph. On his first run, Edwards was able to hit an awe-inspiring 211 mph, but found himself running out of pavement to slow the big SUV. More boost was then dialed in to up the power, and he tried again.

The next run proved to be the most impressive. Edwards put the hammer down, and piloted the Land Speed Cruiser to its jaw-dropping 230 mph record.

“At 225 mph, the thing was wandering a little bit. All I could think was that Craig said, ‘No matter what, just keep your foot in it,’ and we got 230 mph,” Edwards recounted from behind a huge grin after setting the record. “It’s safe to say that this is the fastest SUV on the planet.”

The 2017 Overland Expo West has a New Location

Join us May 12 – 14, 2017 for the
ninth annual Overland Expo WEST near
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA — NEW VENUE!

We are the premier overlanding event in the world—no other event offers the scope of classes taught by the world’s leading experts, alongside a professional-level trade show that brings together in one place all the camping and vehicle and motorcycle equipment and services you need to get outfitted and get going.

EVENT SCHEDULE — OVERLAND EXPO 2017 WEST

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6 pm to 8 pm:  Overland Expo Gear & Beer + Cool Ride Party in Downtown Flagstaff (TBA)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
1 pm to 7 pm:  attendee check-in; exhibitors set-up;
camping opens for Overland Experience and pre-purchased Weekend Passes with Camping only

Friday, May 12, 2017
9 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Saturday, May 13, 2017
8 am to 5 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
5 pm to 7 pm: happy hour
7 pm to 10 pm: evening programs TBA

Sunday, May 14, 2017
8 am to 3 pm: exhibitor show, classes and programs
430 pm: BBQ dinner for Overland Experience attendees, exhibitors, and media

Monday, May 15, 2017
departures . . . the adventures begin—where do you find it?

Details about Overland Expo EAST near Asheville, NC in October 2017, will be available in June 2017.

Why come to Overland Expo?

WHY TRAIN WITH US?

Several overland shows now offer worthwhile classes. But no other event comes close to the breadth and depth of education available to Overland Experience attendees at the Overland Expo, from choosing the right vehicle for your needs, to packing it with the proper equipment and provisions, to comfortably handling challenging driving conditions, to winching it out of a hole. Our team of instructors is simply the best on the planet: from ex-Camel Trophy team members to trans-Africa veterans to professional expedition leaders. The 2016 Overland Expo EAST schedule includes 140 classes comprising a full 320 session-hours of instruction. We now have attendees who have been to every Expo and have not run out of things to learn.

 

WHY COME EAST?

The Overland Expo EAST venue lies in the forested heart of Blue Ridge Mountain country, at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. We have access to several miles along the French Broad River for our vendors, training areas, and camping. Asheville is a culinary and micro-brew mecca, and before or after the show you can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or head to the stunning Outer Banks to overindulge in seafood, climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and rest your hand on the rail from which the Wright Brothers launched their first Flyer at Kitty Hawk.

 

WHY BUY A WEEKEND PASS?

If you’re not quite ready for the full Overland Experience package, do not imagine your time won’t be busy. A weekend pass (with or without camping) gets you access to over 100 vendors, a drive in a new Land Rover on a specially built course, test BFGoodrich tires, plus dozens of demonstrations, slide shows, films, and roundtable panels on worldwide travel. You can effortlessly fill three days—some guests tell us it takes them hours just to look through all the fascinating overland vehicles in the parking lot. And as always, kids 17 and under get in free to Overland Expo (Biltmore entrance fees may apply).

 

WHY OVERLAND EXPO?

One word: Community. Of all the comments we get raving about the quality of classes, instructors, and vendors, one impression strikes people the hardest, and that is the people who come to learn, to teach, and to share. The Overland Expo has become a mandatory calendar event for travelers from all over the world, many of whom schedule trans-continental journeys to coincide with a West or East Expo, to see old friends and meet new ones. Those new to overlanding tell us again and again how welcomed they feel by this community whose reason for being, after all, is to explore, learn new things, and meet new people. It’s why our motto is: Overland Expo—where adventure begins and friendships last.

For more information about the Overland Expo West, click (here).