Earthcruiser Australia has unveiled its latest creation, the go anywhere Extreme 330 XTR6x6.
Based on the proven Land Cruiser 79 Series platform, Extreme 330 XTR6x6 was developed over 12 months with everything it takes to take on the toughest terrains in the world.
It began life as a special order for a valued customer, but the order books started to fill quickly after word got out.
At the heart of the vehicle is a special drive system developed by respected 6×6 conversion specialists, 6×6 Australia.
It features a clever bogie drive system with a unique coil/airbag sprung bogie drive rear axle set-up, with full load sharing capability between each rear axle.
With a drive-through diff and power divider, the third axle remains undriven while the vehicle is on the blacktop, but once traction starts to break, the power divider locks up 100 per cent drive to all wheels.
The three axles also have the same track width for easier wheel placement when tackling obstacles.
For greater strength, the fully fabricated rear axle/diff housings feature a 3600kg load rating each.
A variable ratio rear steer feature also provides variable steering assistance from the rear bogie based on turn radius and speed.
Extreme 330 XTR6x6 is equipped with three differential locks which can be engaged at the same time via in-cabin switches.
A low-range transfer case is matched to a six-speed genuine Toyota Automatic transmission or standard manual with a fortified clutch.
Portal axles that provide a 5.0-inch lift along with an impressive 390mm of clearance at the diff.
The portals have been FEA tested and certified to over 1500kg each (3000kg per axle) and include a Central Tyre Inflation System, that supplies air to the tyres through the centre hub.
Inflation and deflation can be actuated simultaneously to all wheels, even while the vehicle is in motion via a Garmin in-cabin removable digital touchscreen.
The system can also be programmed to automatically adjust air pressures based on road speed.
Smoothing out the bumps is full airbag suspension with automatic load and horizon levelling.
Owners have access to three height modes – kneel, ride and lift – with up to 100mm difference between the lowest and highest modes.
Up to 250mm of variation can be achieved in manual control mode, but this feature is not for driving purposes.
Chassis clearance at ride height is a terrain-taming 610mm and complementing the airbags are military-spec heavy-duty sway bars with an in-cabin disconnect function that allows greater articulation off road.
A further feature of the setup is the fitment of four hydraulic rams which can be used for performing vehicle maintenance or simply to change tyres without needing to manually jack.
The camper is shod with 17-inch Earthcruiser forged alloy rims with dual inflation valves and 35 x 12.5-inch Federal Xplora mud terrain tyres with 137Q load rating (2300kg per tyre).
Due to the scale of the vehicle, the equipment fitted and its 4130mm wheelbase, the truck has an upgraded 7000kg GVM which has been fully engineered and is registerable federally via SSM (Second Stage of Manufacture).
The front axle capacity is also 500kg higher than stock to 1980kg.
All up, these changes provide owners with 3000kg payload (in addition to the outfitted camper body).
To handle the added mass, the Extreme 330 XTR6x6 is equipped with a hydraulic brake booster that reduces brake effort while boosting responsiveness; upgraded calipers and oversized heavy-duty vented brake rotors have also been specified to increase stopping power.
The vehicle also boasts the surety of an electric parking brake that actuates on all four rear calipers.
Earthcruiser does do its own engine upgrades or tuning, but can introduce customers to trusted partners.
A fuel capacity of 275 litres allows large distances to be covered on a single tank.
Inside Earthcruiser has made several cabin upgrades to the Land Cruiser’s factory offerings including re-sculpturing and retrimming the driver and passenger seats for greater comfort and aesthetics.
The cabin has also been fully sound and vibration dampened, with heat insulation and crawl-through access to the camper.
Two additional seat-belted positions are provided in the camper body, extending carrying capacity to four people (but it sleeps only three).
The body features moulded structurally insulated foam walls and floor and a one-piece infusion moulded structural foam roof that’s closed with double seals.
The entry door receives the same treatment and also features deadlock, with all latches and locks being flush mounted or recessed.
Overhead, the body boasts a triple-layer block-out roof curtain, incorporating PVC windows, insect and full privacy screens.
Offering luxury and practicality are leather dinette seats, precision CNC-routed Corian benchtops, stainless steel sink with a separate purified drinking fountain and freshwater wash taps.
There are also internal and external showers with immediate and continuous hot water and central air heating, both diesel-powered.
On board water capacity is 275 litres and there’s also a 27-litre grey water tank.
Adding to the camper body’s convenience is split system air conditioning, microwave oven, two-burner induction cooktop, two fridges, washing machine and dryer.
The truck also features an Arctic System that heats the water tanks.
An eclectic slide-out Thetford chemical toilet ensuite and an integrated high-pressure water cleaner are also included.
The camper features a full Lithium battery system for start and house batteries, with 810W mono-crystalline solar panels, 3000W Victron inverter and 50A Multi Country Victron battery charger with 200A high output and a fully sealed and water-cooled brushless alternator ensuring reliable power no matter what the location.
Forward lighting on the vehicle is handled by auxiliary spotlights, a curved road vision light bar and bullbar integrated fog lights.
Full 360 degree flood lighting is also fitted to the vehicle and includes an ’emergency lighting’ function.
Along with traditional UHF communications, the camper has a Starlink Satellite System providing easy internet access while allowing owners to view and track their vehicle from their phone anywhere in the world.
Protective bars include a Hammer-tone textured deluxe winch compatible steel bullbar along with steel scrub rails and side steps, which are colour-coded to the bullbar.
There are also heavy-duty front and rear recovery points if needed, with two 13,000lb 12-volt electric winches front and rear.
Two spare wheel carriers with electric ‘wheel lifters’ are also fitted to the truck for effortless tyre changing, while a dual-purpose Maxtrax / fire-wood carrier allows owners to carry up to for Maxtrax and a load of firewood simultaneously.
Earthcruiser offers virtually limitless options allowing prospective owners to specify and accessorise their Extreme 330 XTR6x6 to meet their exacting needs.