The original Toyota Tamaraw FX was named after the Tamaraw – the largest native terrestrial mammal in the Philippines. The vehicle is known for its ruggedness and ease of maintenance. But somehow, the name “Tamaraw” still doesn’t seem to fit the vehicle, as the animal’s preferred habitat is tropical highland forested areas – places where the 2-wheel-drive, low ground clearance Toyota Tamaraw FX could barely reach.
But one crafty Pinoy offroading genius named Paul Javier thought otherwise. He took a stock Toyota Tamaraw FX, stuffed it with all the mechanical wizardry necessary to give justice to the name “Tamaraw”, and viola! The Super Tamaraw FX:
After countless offroad trips and by much praise from the Pinoy offroading community, the Super Tamaraw FX has been given the pet name “Range Revo” due to the Land Rover mechanical components used to turn it into what it is today. It has Range Rover Axles and a Series Land Rover transfer case.
The Super Tamaraw FX in action showing what a real Tamaraw can do:
The tires are 36-inch tall military non-directional treads, similar to those fitted in army 6×6 trucks. The long wheelbase allows the fitment of a dual transfer case system for a wide selection of low gearing, and a super low crawl ratio. Despite the complexity, this rig is still capable of going 120kph on the highway.
Raging river crossings? No problem!
Did you think underwater riverbeds are always flat? That’s probably true only in the flooded streets of Manila. It doesn’t mean that you have a snorkel, you can go through terrain like this. Because out there with mother nature, things are way more extreme. You have got to have a capable offroad vehicle to go through terrain like this.
Range Revo showing it’s suspension articulation.
Owner: Paul Javier
Vehicle: Toyota Tamaraw FX
Engine: Toyota 2C Turbo
Land Rover Range Rover Axles
Dual Transfer Case System
9.00 x 16 Tires
6×6 Truck PTO Winch
[Sources: Beeboy Bargas and 4x4ph.com]
So tell me, do you think Paul Javier’s Range Revo Super Tamaraw FX has given justice to the “Tamaraw” badge? Share your views on the comments below.
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