Toyota’s 2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition features an 800-gallon saltwater fish tank in back. The rolling aquarium was built by the stars of Tanked, the Animal Planet TV show. (Source: Toyota)
Charles--I think Toyota's efforts to gain attention are working. Who on earth would suspect installing an aquarium in a vehicle? Really innovative and clever advertising. I think they should be commended. I'll bet this one was really fun to witness.
Yes, 800 gallons of water would be pushing 7,000 lbs, jhmumford. And, yes, they did weld a steel subframe underneath for support. We'll see how they did that when the show plays on Animal Planet in a few weeks.
800 gallons of water alone weighs, what, close to 7000 pounds? They probably had to weld a subframe under it to support the weight, or at least beef up the stock suspension substantially. No wonder they had to tear out the engine and transmission. Probably weights close to 5 tons even with everything stripped out of it.
I had not been aware of this vehicle prevoiusly, and I wondered about the handling characteristics with an 800 gallon tank on board. I'm glad to see that it is a marketing showpiece and not a road vehicle.
But I don't see how such a vehicle would induce me to consider purchasing a toyota, or any other car.
BUT it certainly is a tribute to the skills of the customizing shop.
It may be uncomfortable to drive a car with a cartoon theme, Pudubu, but I can honestly say that some of the beaters I've driven got a lot of laughs, although they may not have been classified as cartoons.
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