Watch This Fleet of Radio-Controlled Mini Toyota Pickups Pull a Real Hilux

RC Hilux tow

Since basically forever, pickup truck manufacturers have found countless ways to demonstrate the crazy-heavy things their trucks are capable of towing, like a 1972 Chevy pulling a Boeing 747.

But Toyota and Japanese radio-controlled toy manufacturer Tamiya have teamed up to put a new spin on the look-at-what-we-can-haul brag. In this case, it’s Tamiya doing the boasting, hitching up 15 examples of its latest 1/10 scale Hilux Bruiser model to tow a 2017 Toyota Hilux D4D Invincible pickup.

Had you asked us to bet on whether this stunt would work, we’d have laughed in your face. But apparently, with each 3.2-kg model truck generating about 17 lb-ft of torque — a total of 255 lb-ft being put to the ground by 30 tiny tires — is indeed enough to haul a 2,000-kg Double Cab Hilux across a warehouse floor.

Believe it or not, this is not the first time a fleet of Tamiya Hilux models has pulled a real-life version of the venerable Toyota truck: The new video is a recreation of a scene from a 1980s Tamiya promo for a then-new 1/10 Hilux R/C model.

The new video is one of a series of videos called Hilux: Little and Large that shows the latest versions of the grown-up Hilux and the Tamiya model doing truck things, like fording a stream and hauling arse through a muddy field.

These short films are an unabashed marketing ploy, but it’s a cute and clever one.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.