HGK Racing in Latvia is known for building ultra-fast BMW drift cars using all carbon-kevlar bodies and huge naturally-aspirated American V8s. Now they’ve built a Toyota 86 and it is a rhino.
People pay absurd prices for Porsche restomods, but too often, those pricey, perfect cars languish away in sad collections, only coming out to park at Cars and Coffee. You don’t want that. You want a Porsche “reimagined” by a self-proclaimed redneck instead, complete with a mid-engine LS3 swap from a Cadillac…
Nathan Churchel has always looked for ways to make his 1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo stand out, as merely being the second person he knew of to swap in the massive VH45DE V8 from an Infiniti Q45 wasn’t enough. He gave the car a truly apocalypse-ready metal widebody, and was one of the showstoppers at Radwood Philly.
For years, I have been meh about the LS swap. General Motors’ ubiquitous V8 engine fits almost anywhere! It makes a lot of power! I know, I know. But it’s so common. It is the “live, laugh, love” of engine swaps, my dudes. It is as basic as pumpkin spice. I got bored of hearing about them.
The little Mercedes-Benz 190E remains one of the most well-built cars of the modern age. Dependable? Certainly. Fast? Not so much, unless you spring for a Cosworth or something. That is, unless you drop a big-turbo LS into the front of it.
Scott Leone’s 1992 Toyota MR2 Turbo ought to be the ultimate cautionary tale about Craigslist trades. He thought he was getting a perfect, no-problem car. But when it turned out to be a basket case, Leone didn’t scrap it. He brought this MR2 back to life using a more powerful V6 engine that the car always deserved.…
The Nissan SR20 is the little ball of fury that has powered innumerable Nissan budget and pro drift and drag cars over the past nearly three decades. Usually it’s your best way to two or three hundred horsepower. Here’s what it’s like when it’s pushing 900.
Take a look at Matt Panic’s 1973 Toyota. Under the hood is Toyota’s famed BEAMS engine from the 2000s, the last evolution of a long line of little twin-cam four-cylinders. What makes Mark’s interesting is that it has so much intake noise it sounds like it could ingest a nearby horse.
More and more old, light, reasonably modern rear-wheel-drive cars on the used market are ending up trashed, crashed, and rusted out. What is a car enthusiast to do? Convert a different old, light reasonably modern front-wheel-drive car to shred at the back.
Everyone mythologizes the sounds of vintage sports cars of the 1960s and back, that their engines had some ineffable qualities that modern ones can’t match. But this guy stuffed a modernized Ferrari engine into his Dino and it sounds incredible.
We thought Mark Sawatsky had the engine swap of the century when he fit a Jaguar V12 into an MGB GT. Only problem: it didn’t really work, and then that lovely V12 died. So he did what any sensible person would do: hacked the roof off, added a Buick turbo four-cylinder, designed a new tube frame and suspension, and…
Kyle Long’s 1966 Volvo 122S wagon would be cool enough on its own, given that he swapped in the more modern five-cylinder engine from a 1995 Volvo 850. The week after finishing it, he took his freshly swapped wagon on a 7,000-mile cross-country road trip, where he’s well on his way to legendary status after already…
Ben Beacock’s 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco had one slight problem: its engine was toast. So, he swapped it for the beloved 24-valve VR6 engine, and fabricated a ton of custom parts to move the engine to the middle—yes, the middle—of the car. It’s perhaps the most complicated fix to a relatively simple problem, and I…
Few things sound as awesome as 12,000 RPM wailing out of a little car.
One of the fastest cars in the world at the moment is a Chevrolet Corvette with a V6 under the hood. Which V6, I wondered, like so many of you at this very moment. As it turns out, it’s a unique one, one with a bit of story behind it.
The Nissan RB straight-six is one of the most desirable engines of all time, and America’s Gran Turismo generation fights to get parts for these forbidden fruit motors. That’s what makes Dillon Merkl’s Skyline-powered 1962 Ford Falcon so funny, since he basically it built out of spares and parts other people were…
Thirty-seven horsepower in the 1,400-pound Tata Nano is fine. Over 200 horsepower is better.
Minis! They’re fun cars, but please miss me with that British kitsch—they’re BMWs now and we all know it. So, why not stuff a BMW V8 in the front?
“What in the hell?” That was 24 Hours of Lemons race organizer and ex-Corvette Magazine writer Nick Pon’s reaction after the series’ first C3-generation Corvette popped its freshly repainted, Warsteiner-liveried hood. Inside was the BMW M50B25 inline-six engine out of an E34 BMW 5 Series. Surprise!
We here at Jalopnik have cracked the secret to true joy, and it involves a tiny Yugo, a big V8 engine and a nice afternoon of ice drags. This cute little Soviet Bloc hatchback reaches over 100 mph in the 1/8 mile. It’s just what we all need.