February 22, 2024

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This Toyota Hiace Packs A Twin-Turbo V12 Behind The Seats

We’ve had our reasonable share of interesting Toyota Hiace vans on the web-site. From motorhomes to V8-driven ambulances, there is no end to its versatility. But there is a Hiace in South Africa that may be the most excessive create nonetheless.

For James Redelinghuis, a heavily-boosted straight-6 or a V8 was not ample for his challenge van. For his Hiace (Known as the Quantum in South Africa), he shoved in the major Toyota creation motor at the rear of the seats. He chose the 1GZ-FE, also known as the V12 made use of in the second-generation Toyota Century. But the madness failed to prevent there for James’ Hiace.

The Toyota V12 puts out 276 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 355 pound-feet (481 Newton-meters) of torque proper out the box. But beefed-up internals and a pair of turbos crank it up to wholesome 600 horsepower (442 kilowatts) and 524 pound-feet (710 Newton-meters) of torque. Not only that, all that grunt powers the rear wheels as a result of a sequential 3-speed transmission.

Bespoke fabrication was desired to in good shape the enormous 5.-liter V12 in the Hiace. The 12-cylinder could not healthy underneath the seats, so the flooring was slash to put it in. More reinforcements, one of a kind subframes, and other braces keep the arrangement in location. There are also sections from other cars and trucks bolted on to the van. For occasion, the rear differential is from a Mustang, the wheels are from an Audi R8, and the gasoline injectors have been from a 997-era Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Redelinghuis goes extra in-depth in the video clip. His job took about 5 decades to finish and highlighted in quite a few publications in South Africa. Nevertheless, the creator of this wild van states it can be time to move on to the following create. The “Taxi” is at the moment for sale in Fb Market for 1,295,000 Rand or $85,489 at present-day trade prices.