[Video] How many little Hilux are needed to tow the real Toyota Hilux? image

Toyota and Japanese plastic model company Tamiya have joined forces in the United Kingdom to answer one of those questions no one ever thought about asking – until now.

They set out to find how many radio-controlled vehicles are needed – of the RC Tamiya Bruisers variety – to tow an actual Hilux pickup truck. There’s little doubt anyone lost a night over this burning question, but at least the demonstration of the feat is entertaining to watch. Apparently the idea came from a commercial in the 1980s where a bunch of Tamiya Bruiser 4X4 RC trucks proved their toughness by doing that exact thing. Now the current Toyota pickup is larger and heavier so the 1/10 scale trucks need to work way harder. Doing some mathematics we find out that each Bruiser weighs around 7 pounds (3.2 kilograms) and produces a maximum torque of 17 pound-feet (23.2 Newton-meters). The hauling object is a Hilux 2.4 D-4D Invincible tipping the scales at 7,055 pounds (3,200 kilograms).

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In order to make the stunt possible, the organizers inflated the tires to 60 pounds per square inch, and the four-wheel-drive electric powertrains of the RC cars were hooked to a low-ratio transmission setting. They even added weight in the small beds for added traction. With all customizations in place the result came in – 15 little trucks were needed to tow the bigger brother. There are also other videos in the series that compare the Bruiser’s capabilities to the modern Hilux.