Toyota Turns Highlander Into a Spongebob-Themed Fishtank, Announces Competition Winner

Following the Texas barbecue-themed Tundra, Toyota has unveiled another custom concept based on the full-size pickup at the SEMA Show. The 2014 SpongeBob Highlander Tanked edition features an 800-gallon (3,028-liter) custom tank that can host around 115 individual fish!

The tank occupies the entire space behind the front seats and was designed by Animal Planet’s “Tanked” co-stars Wayde King and Brett Raymer in partnership with Toyota and Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants”.

More than 32 species populate the aquarium tank, which features a custom-built, complex filtration system including an overflow system, sterilizer, UV filter, temperature regulator and additional elements.

The SpongeBob theme carries throughout the interior details and the exterior wrap of the vehicle. The unusual Highlander will be featured in March 2014 in an episode of “Tanked” on Animal Planet.

Today, the Japanese brand also announced the winner of the 2013 Toyota Dream Build Challenge, which is the “Let’s Go Moto Tundra”, designed by Supercross stars Justin Brayton and Josh Grant with the help of Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross. The concept truck features an 8-foot (2,438-mm) rolling “pitlane”, complete with TV screens, a power washer, spare parts and tools.

By Dan Mihalascu


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