The 1GZ-FE was only employed in the second-era Toyota Century, a fullsize luxury sedan marketed to high-ranked persons in Japan. Despite the fact that far a lot less acknowledged than a preferred Toyota motor this kind of as the 2JZ series, the company’s only V12 really lived a very long 50 percent, from 1997 to 2017 as the preceding-gen Century was marketed for two decades.
One particular of the five.-liter engines was transported at some position to South Africa where the crafty people at Fatboy Fab Operates managed to cram it within the motor bay of an completely different car or truck. We’re chatting about a humble Hilux that at first had a 3.-liter diesel when it rolled off the assembly line back in 2012.
Introduced to our focus by Double Apex, the amped-up Hilux now rocks the Century’s V12 with a pair of Garrett GT35 turbochargers. The initial motor in its naturally aspirated variety employed to make 276 horsepower (206 kilowatts) back in the day in the majestic sedan, but now it is pushing out a substantial 540 hp (402 kW) on the dyno. Torque is also significantly up, from the stock 355 pound-feet (481 Newton-meters) to a mountain-relocating 715 lb-ft (970 Nm).
Curiously, it would surface the 4-speed transmission of the Century is able to cope with more than 2 times the V12’s initial torque as the Hilux retains the sedan’s computerized though working with a custom made propshaft. The brakes are initial for the time currently being, but will before long be upgraded to take care of the extra muscle furnished by the twin-turbo powerhouse.
The key thought driving the tremendous truck was to have it completely ready for the Simola Hillclimb function, which took location earlier this month. Fatboy Fab Operates managed to signal up the twin-turbo Hilux and it efficiently climbed up the hill, but not ahead of sorting out some electrical and gearbox complications. The beefy truck is now up for grabs if any person is brave more than enough to push a V12 Hilux.
Bear in brain it is not the to start with Toyota soon after the Century to get the 1GZ-FE as there have been several Supra Mk4s with the five. conversion. As you can see in the related inbound links earlier mentioned, we’ve composed about a few of them. Also value mentioning the Hilux is no stranger to more substantial engines, with an AMG V8 conversion building the headlines previous 12 months many thanks to its naturally aspirated six.two-liter (M156) sourced from an previous C63.