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


We have a lot of interesting Toyota Hiace vans on this site. From motorhomes to V8 powered ambulances, the versatility is endless. But there is Hiace in South Africa which is probably the most extreme build.

For James Redelinghuis, a straight-six or amplified V8 wasn’t enough for his project van. For his Hiace (Known as Quantum in South Africa), he put Toyota’s largest production engine behind the seat. He chose the 1GZ-FE, also known as the V12 used in the second generation Toyota Century. But the madness didn’t stop there for James’ Hiace.

The Toyota V12 puts out 276 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 355 pound-feet (481 Newton-meters) of torque right out of the box. But upgraded internals and a pair of turbos make it 600 horsepower (442 kilowatts) and 524 pound-feet (710 Newton-meters) of torque. Not only that, all that grunt drives the rear wheels via a sequential three-speed transmission.

Bespoke fabrication was required to fit the large 5.0-liter V12 in the Hiace. The 12 cylinders couldn’t fit under the seats, so the floor was cut to fit them. Extra bracing, unique subframes and other supports hold settings in place. There was also a part of another car bolted to the van. For example, the rear differential is from a Mustang, the wheels are from an Audi R8, and the fuel injectors are from a 997-era Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Redelinghuis explains more in the video. The project took about five years to complete and was featured in several publications in South Africa. However, the creators of this wild van say it’s time to move on to the next build. The “taxi” is currently on sale on Facebook Marketplace for 1,295,000 Rand or $85,489 at current exchange rates.


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