Exclusive: Carl Edwards breaks 230 mph — in an SUV

Carl Edwards isn’t racing in NASCAR this season, though he’s still going copiousness fast.

Edwards, who won 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races over 13 years initial with Roush Fenway Racing and afterwards Joe Gibbs Racing, recently gathering a heavily mutated Toyota Land Cruiser to a speed of 230.02 miles per hour, creation it a World’s Fastest SUV.

And in an disdainful talk with FOXSports.com, Edwards talked about what pushing a 2,000-horsepower savage was like.

“I went out there on a tip speed run and it done some arrange of noise,” Edwards told FOXSports.com of his record run. “All we could consider was that this competence be a usually shot during removing a record and so we kept my feet in it.”


From there, a play usually got bigger.

“The front finish kind of wandered during about 225 (mph) and we thought, ‘Holy crap, we don’t know what’s entrance next,’” pronounced Edwards. “Once we saw 230 — we indeed got to 232 or 34 — we close it down. Man, my heart was pounding. I’m not exaggerating. It was flattering exciting.”

Edwards done his record run during a Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, that has a straightaway that is 2.5 miles long. And Edwards pronounced he flew there in his Cessna and landed on a same runway where he set his record.

On his initial run, Edwards strike 211 mph before using out of serviceable pavement. He brought a large SUV in and Toyota’s engineers incited adult a boost, permitting him to strike 230.02 mph on a subsequent run.

The 2,000-horse SUV is nicknamed a Land Speed Cruiser. Based on a batch Land Cruiser, it was heavily mutated by a group of engineers during Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center (MTC) before debuting during a 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.


Craig Stanton, a championship highway racer and exam driver, helped set a lorry adult and he and some Toyota engineers were on palm for a run. Edwards pronounced that distinct in NASCAR, this was new domain for all.

“In a NASCAR world, all is a small some-more predictable,” Edwards told FOXSports.com. “I got out there and it was a small bit of an adventure. No one knew what was going to happen, so that was something that we hadn’t felt for a prolonged time, that was unequivocally cool.”

As was a intercourse with a Toyota folks on hand.

“The neatest partial of it was only that clarity of only a garland of guys removing together and building something to see how quick it would go,” Edwards said. “That was flattering darned cool.”

I afterwards asked Edwards what his subsequent journey would be.

“I got about 1,800 acres of soybeans to plant, though that’s about it for right now.”

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 07:  Cars competition during a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 during Talladega Superspeedway on May 7, 2017 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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