The Toyota 86 is one heck of a sports car, as our review for its now dead, identical twin, the Scion FR-S, revealed. The only downside to the vehicle, if you can even call it a negative aspect, is its 2.0-liter flat-four engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. These days, that’s not a lot of power. To address the 86’s lack of ponies, Ryan Tuerck is currently working on stuffing the V8 engine from a Ferrari 458 into a custom-built sportscar. But Australia’s StreetFX Motorsport had another idea and chose to swap out the engine for a twin-turbo V6 from the R35 Nissan GT-R.

According to StreetFX Motorsport’s build page, the amped-up sportscar was built in collaboration with GT Auto Garage and began life as a track-friendly road car before being transformed into a 1,000-horsepower weapon. The plan wasn’t always for the sportscar to get Godzilla’s engine, though, as the car started out as a turbocharged build on the stock engine, which put out 545 horsepower.

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After running into multiple problems and not seeing any performance gains with increased boost, the owner, with some help from GT Auto Garage, decided to go with a stroked 4.1-liter GT-R engine that was modified by HKS. Fitting the larger and more powerful GT-R engine proved to be tricky and required a dry sump lubrication system and the front differential to be removed. A six-speed sequential gearbox, similar to the ones used in V8 Supercars, was added to handle all that newfound power.

While it may not be as original or as cool as a Ferrari swap, 1,000 horsepower from a modified GT-R engine is nothing to frown at. To read the full story behind the build, head over to StreetFX’s website.

Source: http://www.autoblog.com/