Toyota Hilux to support Project Runningblade

Posted on Thursday, 13 May 2010 , 15:05:13 byAlina

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Toyota Hilux to support Project Runningblade

Toyota’s legendary pick-up, crowned indestructible by BBC’s Top Gear, and present at the recent eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafallajökull volcano, is supporting Project Runningblade, the British attempt on the world land speed record for a lawn mower on 22–23 May 2010 at Pendine Sands, South Wales.

American Bob Cleveland currently holds the record for the World's Fastest Lawnmower, which was set at 80.7929 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats on July 4, 2006.

The purpose of the project is to build a conventional lawn mower, still capable of cutting grass, but adapt it to drive at speeds reaching 100mph. The aim is an attempt to smash the record set by Bob Cleveland.

The team has been using a 3.0-litre D-4D Double Cab Toyota Hilux as their key support vehicle throughout the project, transporting the 'super mower to the final event at Pendine Sands.

Runningblade is powered by a 26 bhp Kawasaki V-twin lawnmower engine but running on road tires, and modified by aerodynamics engineers to increase its chances of beating the world record.

The project also aims to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Wessex Heart Beat.