Pickup trucks are very popular in South Africa, otherwise known as pastry in an African country. In fact, South Africa’s best-selling vehicle in 2021 is a pickup truck and that is the Toyota Hilux. However, this Hilux is unlike any other Toyota pickup truck in South Africa – or anywhere else in the world, for that matter.
Converted by Fat Boy Fab Works, this Hilux conversion was originally carried out to conquer Simola Hill last year. The truck has gone through various upgrades since the first time we saw the madmen build. As a side note, Francois Fritz, owner of the tuning workshop, checked various engines before deciding what he had right now – the 5.0-liter V12 engine from the Toyota Century.
The factory V12 of the majestic Japanese sedan isn’t strong in stock form, producing just 276 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 355 pound-feet (481 Newton-meters). However, after the two engines were rebuilt and a pair of Garrett GT35 turbochargers installed, the entire setup under the hood of this Toyota Hilux can now put out 563 hp (420 kW) and 715 lb-ft (970 Nm) of traction.
According to Fritz, the engine now comes with fully forged parts after the second rebuild. It can produce up to 1,000 hp in its current form, with a boost of 0.5 psi and runs on 50 percent ethanol and 50 percent gasoline.
Sending power to the wheels is the Toyota Supra’s 4-speed automatic gearbox but with the mechanics swapped out. However, that’s just a stand-in as they now plan to convert it to a manual gearbox, which would be pretty sweet.
It’s safe to say, this isn’t the final form of this truck, and we’re intrigued how far Fritz goes with this crazy one-off bakkie.