It appears South Africa is a hotbed for bonkers Toyota Hilux engine swaps. Most sharp a few weeks ago we had been speaking about a contemporary, facelifted version of the decide-up truck in the country with a 6.2-litre N/A AMG V8 transplant, itself a apply-up to a identical venture. And now, now we gain this to your enjoyment – a Hilux packing a ‘1GZ-FE’ V12.
Japan’s finest manufacturing V12 became once passe for one vehicle and one vehicle finest – the 2d-skills Century. Happily, aftermarket operators gain unfold the Toyota V12 like a tiny bit additional, most famously with the High Secret Supra. Here is the first time we’ve heard about a 1GZ powering a Hilux, even when.
The venture is the work of Knysna-essentially based FatBoy Fab Works. Starting with a 2012 Hilux, the shop eliminated and sold its usual 3.0-litre diesel version, and plan about rebuilding the 1GZ for its recent characteristic.
This 5.0-litre V12 isn’t precisely wired in its peculiar guise, growing a modest-for-the-displacement 305bhp and 355lb feet of torque. FatBoy’s, on the opposite hand, runs a few Garrett GT35 turbochargers, yielding recent outputs of 535bhp and 715lb feet of torque. The overhauled V12 now powers the Hilux’s rear wheels by plot of a customised propshaft and the auto’s usual differential.
The whole thing became once in-built spherical two weeks, upright in time for the Simola Hillclimb. The match wasn’t without its concerns, with gearbox and electrical gremlins hampering the team on the first day, and alternator concerns on the warmth-up of day two.
After that even when, the V12 Hilux became once ready to plan time, sounding fabulously infected and garnering a variety of consideration in the technique. What a thing.