Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from TFLtruck

It’s the holiday season, and what better way to celebrate than with a drag race?

This drag race, however, is one with a difference. We line up four of TFL’s project vehicles for a drag race shootout. We have the newly-purchased 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser with a massive 5.7-liter V8 engine. Then there’s the Land Rover Discovery, with it’s 4.6-liter Rover V8. Down the line, there’s some good old fashioned American brute force with the 6.0-liter Hummer H2. Finally, we have the diminutive Suzuki Samurai, with its 60 horsepower 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine.

Suzuki Samurai
Probably one of the few times you’ll ever see a stock Suzuki Samurai in a drag race. [Photo: TFLcar]

Sure, it’s not really a fair fight, but this is all about fun! What better way to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season than with a silly drag race? Along the way, we introduce some rules to make the drag races more “fair”, but you already know how this set of drag races is going to turn out, don’t you?

Happy holidays from TFLcar - drag race
TFL’s long-term Land Rover Discovery. [Photo: TFLcar]

Just for the sake of comparison, let’s look at power figures for each project rig in this race. The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser uses a V8 straight out of the Tundra, making 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Yep, exactly the same figure as today’s Land Cruiser (and Tundra, for that matter). The 2004 Land Rover Discovery manages 217 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque from its 4.6-liter engine. How about the Hummer H2? There, you get 316 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the tiny Samurai gets by with just 60 horsepower. As for torque…do you really need to ask?

All of us here at TFL wish you a fantastic holiday season, and hope you’re spending today with loved ones watching some classic Christmas movies, like Die Hard for example. We know we will. Thank you all for your support, and we look forward to another great year coming up in 2019!

Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.