The Black Truck set a new standard for the Australian off road industry and Patriot Campers gathered the best of the best suppliers to build the ultimate touring vehicle to international acclaim. And...we’ve done it again. Introducing the Patriot Campers Megatourer™.
In 2016 Patriot Campers took the Australian 4X4 world by storm with the release of their LC79 Supertourer™ dubbed the ‘Black Truck’. The media coverage the Black Truck received far exceeded the expectations of the four year old Camper Trailer and Supertourer™ manufacturer based on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia.
After Patriot Campers’ trip to SEMA in November 2016 he was inspired by the scale and quality of the builds that the USA was producing and decided to design a touring vehicle to match that scale and flair without compromising on touring capabilities.
The concept for a 6X6 vehicle isn’t a new one, but Patriot Campers’ industry relationships and experience building the legendary Supertourer™ range, Justin knew that his team could create a six wheel touring vehicle that would rise above the crowd.
The Patriot Campers team were assisted in developing a revised chassis to accommodate the extra axle of the Megatourer™. The system weighs a mere 350kgs more than the standard 79 Series chassis and is the lightest of its kind on the market. The chassis upgrade provides a GVM upgrade of up to 6.2 tonne and a coil conversion kit keeps the Megatourer™ riding smooth and comfortable.
The additional braking capacity is complimented by the performance racing brake setup from WP Pro Brakes that features 320mm disc brakes all around and a six-pot brake caliper helps to pull the 7m Megatourer™ up at high speeds.
Portal Axles provide additional ground clearance and the adjustable custom air ride system gives the Megatourer 8” of lift.
The Megatourer features the next generation of Supertourer™ styling with reworked rear toolboxes, angled sheet metal front and rear guards and integrated Rhino platform featuring LED lights
Patriot Campers engaged design and engineering experts to help design a hoopless, slimline, body-coloured bullbar for the LC79 that adds to the distinct styling of the Megatourer but function over form prevails as the depth and strength of the bullbar adds to the Megatourer’s touring prowess.
The team at GSL took the base model Toyota LC79 and worked their magic adding more than 150kw at the wheels on 37” tyres. The expert craftsmanship of the Granville locals added lobster-back welded pipework and a massive turbo to power all six wheels. As an added touch, the exhaust is routed through twin 4” exhaust stacks.
The Megatourer’s suspension system has been completely reworked and a custom system was for the 6X6 that sits airbag suspension alongside one-off shocks to provide adjustable height and damping for exceptional ride height and versatility.
Bathed in concrete grey paintwork inspired by prestige European supercars, the Megatourer rides on purpose-designed 18” wheels with machined alloy accents inside 37” all-terrain rubber making it a menacing, yet stylish looking truck.
The entire interior has been reskinned in Nappa leather and suede and behind the rear seats hides a glowing powerplant that manages the full electronics suite of two lithium batteries and two AGM batteries, twin compressors, twin air tanks, solar panels and a full lighting system. An 8” Alpine screen and custom instrument consoles round out the high-spec Megatourer™ interior.
Proving the Megatourer™ isn’t just a show truck, it features front and rear winches, twin air-outlets to manage tyre pressures, a 70L water tank and lockable mini-canopies that hide a 60L fridge. An air snorkel and dual, angle-mounted spare tyre carriers mean the Megatourer is ready for cross country touring of the harshest variety.
The full build of the Megatourer™ is featured in episode 12 of Patriot Games and documents the fast paced team at Patriot Campers in a rush to build the 6WD truck in time for its international debut at the National 4X4 show in Melbourne. Patriot Games is an adventure-lifestyle and reality show about Patriot Campers and is available to stream at patriotgames.com.au