This is the only way to destroy the indestructible truck.
Top Gear famously proved that the Toyota Hilux, which shares components with America's Toyota Tacoma, is indestructible. Jeremy Clarkson did everything he could to destroy the resilient pickup truck from crashing it into trees, dropping a caravan on it, and hitting it with a wrecking ball, but it refused to die.
Somehow, it even survived being buried by a 200-foot building that was demolished. Ultimately, Top Gear gave up trying to kill it and kept the battered Hilux on display in the studio. Nearly 20 years later, YouTube channel WhistlinDiesel has been torture-testing the Toyota Hilux in some even more extreme tests to find out if it really is as tough as Top Gear claims.
Initially, WhistlinDiesel's durability tests were relatively tame. In the first test, the bed was loaded with over one tonne of bricks to see how the truck coped under stress. The Hilux was also taken to Moab Utah to see how it handled the challenging off-road trail. Despite all the abuse, the Hilux was still in working order.
In the most extreme test yet, the YouTuber wanted to find out if the Hilux can survive being dropped 10,000 feet by a helicopter. Before the big drop, the Hilux is dropped from 500 feet. The hard landing bends the truck out of shape, damaging the frame.
Unfortunately, we don't get to find out if the engine still starts because it costs $100,000 a minute to rent the helicopter. With no time to waste, the Hilux is hoisted back into the air and the helicopter climbs to 10,000 feet. When the truck is released, it spins violently in the air and freefalls for nearly 30 seconds before slamming onto the ground.
As they approach the wreckage, the crew discover the Hilux has been completely flattened. Clearly, the truck is no longer drivable, but WhistlinDiesel plans to see if the engine still runs in a future video to find out if the Hilux is truly indestructible.