RGM Hilux still going strong - Citizen

An Arctic Truck conversion, such as the one carried out on this Toyota bakkie, hinges on increasing track, width and ground clearance and a crucial part of achieving that is the metre-tall wheel/tyre combination. RGMotorsport’s solution comes in the form of an engine upgrade to compensate and in this instance the Toyota V6 gets fitted with a supercharger kit – a conversion which has been tried and tested. In fact, across Hilux, Fortuner, Prado and FJ Cruiser, RGMotorsport has fitted a ‘blower’ to dozens of examples of this engine family. The single VVTi version is rated at 175kW and 376Nm on the showroom floor but when the forced induction gurus from Strydom Park, north of Johannesburg, finished forcing high pressure and well-chilled air into it, there was 295kW and 493Nm on offer. Needless to say, this transforms performance and gives the Hilux the ability to cope with the 37-inch wheel/tyre combo, resulting in scintillating performance and excellent all-round driveability. But RGM supercharged conversions aren’t the reserve of ‘theme’ trucks like this: ordinary Toyotas can benefit hugely, especially if towing is on the agenda. Source: citizen.co.za