The Toyota GT 86 is not the fastest and most powerful sports car in the world. It’s really far from that, but what it lacks in sheer strength, it more than makes up for in sheer accessibility to aftermarket companies. That’s been the case since the sports car broke into the scene back in 2012 as we’ve seen with the plethora of souped-up GT 86 models that have been unleashed since then. But as many as they’ve been, I can’t recall one as insane as the one Street FX is preparing for its owner Mark Trueno. This modification – you might even call it a full-on transplant – comes with a goal of giving the GT 86 an output in excess of 1,000 horsepower.
Those numbers don’t lie; that’s really what Street FX is shooting for. It’s ambitious, but history has shown that ambition is nothing compared to a tuning firm that’s determined to see its work through. That’s what we get here as Street FX is turning no stone unturned in accomplishing its objective.
Truth be told, this GT 86 is already tuned to deliver 545 horsepower. That’s been the case ever since Street FX added a Rocket Bunny kit and a turbocharger a few years ago. But as is the case with people who don’t settle, Trueno thought that he could get more out his already potent GT 86 by taking out its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replacing with a twin-turbo V-6 from the Nissan R35 GT-R, on top of all the modifications that came after that.
The car’s tuning is not done yet and I can imagine that there will be more upgrades in place before Street FX finally celebrates its completion. In the mean time, let it all sink in. A Toyota GT 86 that can produce more than 1,000 horsepower is delightfully absurd in every which way imaginable.
There are a significant amount of aero kits fitted into Trueno’s car, and by the sheer look of it, the GT 86 is well equipped to handle any sort of racing environment it finds itself in. The obvious modifications are the massive front spoiler and the equally gargantuan rear wing, both of which were included to help the GT 86 improve its handling and downforce, an important quality considering how much power it’s supposed to get after the build is finished. There’s also a new set of white wheels that look right at home with the heavy amount of graphics tattooed into the GT 86’s body.
Best I can tell, the interior of the GT 86 has also been subjected to a significant amount of changes. The new sports seats can clearly be seen from the glam shots and with the kind of performance numbers it has, I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire rear section of the interior was stripped down to accommodate some roll bars.
The engine swap to the Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged V-6 engine may be the highlight of this program, but it’s far from the only significant aspect of the whole build. Far from it really. It also has an HKS symmetrical turbine kit that sounds every bit as ferocious as one would expect it to be.
That said, there were some challenges in terms of executing the upgrades, none more important than reconfiguring the dimensions of the GT-R’s engine to fit into the GT 86’s engine bay. Turns out, merely dropping it into its section is impossible because the engine is more than twice as tall as the low-slung boxer engine. So Street FX did what any able-minded tuner would do; it discarded some parts deemed unnecessary, specifically, the front differential and replacing it with a dry sump system. The switch helped cut the engine’s height by six inches, enough allowance to slot it seamlessly into the engine compartment.
Street FX isn’t stopping until the car gets its desired output, which in this case would be over 1,000 horsepower
The engine has also been hooked up to a six-speed sequential transmission, an ideal companion to the engine that can be played with through a set of Motec-sourced, air-powered shifters that have been mounted on the steering wheel.
All these modifications are in place, but the whole build is still a ways away from completion. There are still a lot of details that need be worked out, but rest assured, Street FX isn’t stopping until the car gets its desired output, which in this case would be over 1,000 horsepower. Rest assured, once the project is completed and the GT 86 is ready to roll, Trueno and his team at Street FX have made it their mission to use the GT 86 in “a combination of time attack (circuit), street use and roll racing.” In other words, it should make for an incredibly hellacious viewing experience.
Since this is a one-off creation for Street FX owner Mark Trueno, don’t expect the tuner to release pricing details anytime soon. That said, anybody who’s interested in getting a similar project done for their GT 86s can contact the tuning firm for more details. I don’t know if Street FX will accommodate a similar project, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask, would it?
Nissan GT-R DT1200R by Garage D
Nissan GT-R DT1200R by Garage D
A car like this defies all sorts of traditional comparisons so we’re going to have to get a little creative to find a suitable comp for Street FX’s Toyota GT 86. This particular program was devised back in 2014 by a similarly mental tuning firm called Garage D. The work on this Nissan GT-R was exhaustive but after a massive engine turn that included the addition of a bevy of engine components, Garage D was able to extract a total output of 1,200 horsepower and an estimated 980 pound-feet of torque out of the GT-R’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. That’s a little higher than what Street FX managed to get out of the GT 86 and the eye-popping numbers were reflected in the GT-R’s performance times. According to Garage D, the tuned-up Godzilla was capable of hitting the quarter-mile in just 9.450 seconds at speeds in excess of 164 mph to go with a top speed of 230 mph.
Nissan GT-R Goliath by Switzer Performance
Nissan GT-R “Goliath” by Switzer Performance
If we’re going to talk about mental programs built for the Nissan GT-R, it’s hard not to have a list that doesn’t include Switzer Performance. Well, the US-based GT-R tuner put in the work back in 2013 with the creation of this frightening beats. It’s called the “Goliath” program and as you can imagine, it comes with a significant amount of aftermarket modifications on the car’s twin-turbo V6 as well as the intercoolers, plumbing, and exhaust hardware. The end result is a real piece of work to the of 1,500 horsepower, enough to make some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world tremble in fear.
I don’t think I’ll need to convince anybody of the merits of this program as I’m sure 1,000 horses very well speak for themselves. But I’m also aware that this kind of tuning program isn’t for everyone. Performing this much change on the makeup of the GT 86 is meant specifically for people who can tame the kind of power and performance it has. Yes, it looks astounding on paper, but if you’re thinking about getting one for yourself, be sure that you know exactly what it is you’re getting into.
- Power beyond belief
- Plenty of aerodynamic components to handle the loads of extra horses
- Should be a ball of fun to drive
- Not for everyone
- Probably not for sale
- Not a lot of interior amenities