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With its back-to-basics approach towards driving pleasure, the Toyota 86 has favoured involvement over outright performance, hence its employment of a naturally aspirated 2.0 litre, four-cylinder boxer engine.

Tuning options and packages for the 86 abound; however, in this crazy collaborative effort between Street FX and GT Auto Garage, a Nissan GT-R-sourced VR38DETT 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 was installed in the two-seater Toyota, with an aimed output of over 1,000 hp.

It certainly wasn’t a mere engine transplant, as plenty of work was done to the powerplant. A 4.1 litre stroker kit and GT1000 symmetrical turbine kit were sourced from tuner company HKS, and a dry-sump lubrication system was employed, which helped lower the GT-R engine and clear the 86’s low-slung bonnet.

Putting the four-figure output to the road is a six-speed sequential gearbox by Albins, the same company that produces the spec transmission for the Australian V8 Supercars race series, while the builders also did away with the standard powertrain’s all-wheel-drive setup, further helping reduce weight and the engine’s height.

In addition the the Albins sequential gearbox, A Motec air-powered paddle-shifter kit was integrated into the transmission setup in order to allow even quicker gearshifts and a removal of the conventional gearlever. Manual clutch operation is required for setting off and stopping, but otherwise the ECU takes care of rev-matching once on the move.

Despite the highly extensive, performance-oriented work done on the car, the GT-R-engined GT86 remains a road-legal car, and it even has a sound system along with a sub-woofer, as well as a reverse camera.