Toyota partnered with Tamiya to create this video that has 15 radio-controlled Tamiya Hilux Bruiser 4×4 models tow a full-size, double-cab Toyota Hilux.
The models are a 1:10 scale based on a previous Hilux design and the video was inspired by a similar stunt that was performed in Tamiya’s headquarters in Japan in the 1980s as part of an advertisement.
This new feat took place inside a giant hangar at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire with a driver sitting in the real 3.2 ton, double-cab Hilux with the ignition off and the transmission in neutral.
The radio-controlled Tamiya Bruiser is able to generate 2 kg of pulling force and all of the models were locked into low-range four-wheel drive with their tyres inflated to 60psi. Weights of 500g were added to the rear of the bakkies to aid in traction.
Toyota says that in oder to attach the radio-controlled 4x4s to the Hilux it “called for the design of a dedicated towing arm, made from steel and featuring 15 separate eyelets, one for each towing cable, set level with the Bruisers’ towing points”. This 10 kg unit was then bolted to the Hilux’s front tow points.
IT was then up to a group of radio-control model experts “with the skills to ensure the models moved off in perfect synchronisation and with the optimum power delivery” to make it happen. And they did.