Turbo LS Toyota Hilux Drives 3000 Miles to Do Burnouts

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Custom bodywork and a boosted, bottled LS V8 makes this classic Toyota truck one wicked hooptie.

This video comes to us from The Hoonigans YouTube channel and it features one of the most unique Toyota Hilux trucks we have ever seen. This compact pickup is powered by a LS-based GM V8 fitted with a turbocharger and a nitrous setup, and it was driven more than 3,000 miles from the owner’s home in New Hampshire to the Hoonigan Donut Garage in California.

Turbo, Nitrous and LS Power

In the video above, we are introduced to the unique Toyota Hilux and its owner. The owner explains that he installed the stock 5.3-liter LS V8 in the middle of a cross-country road trip, after getting tired of dealing with problems with the original Toyota engine.

Hilux with LS Power

Just installing an LS-based V8 in this tiny truck would make it pretty stout, but the owner didn’t stop there. He mounted up a huge turbocharger on a custom manifold that sticks up through the hood, and since there is no room for an intercooler, this classic Toyota truck has a 100-shot nitrous setup to help cool the compressed air.

To handle all of that boosted Chevy power, the Hilux is fitted with the front and rear suspension, as well as the rear differential from a Ford Crown Victoria with a 3.27 gear set.

Hilux LS Turbo

Finally, the owner made a custom DTM/Group B style widebody kit and while it was his first attempt at this type of project, the body looks pretty damn cool. Most of the kit is tacked-welded together, except for the front splitter, which is held on with a pair of C-clamps.

The 3000-Mile Road Trip

In addition to introducing us to his 1977 Toyota Hilux, the owner explains why he is at the Hoonigan Donut Garage. Evidently, he was called out to be a part of the $3,000 Hooptie Challenge, so he finished the project – or got it roadworthy – and headed across the country.

Turbo LS Hilux Burnout

Along the way, he stopped by a drag strip and made some low-13-second quarter mile times before heading to meet up with the Hoonigans. Of course, what do you do at the Hoonigan Donut Garage?

You do donuts, and that is exactly what he did, making us fall in love with his turbocharged, nitrous-fed, LS-powered Toyota truck.

A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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