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24 January 2018

This GT-R powered HiAce will unclog your pipes

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk

A plumber's dream van.

Modified vans seem to be a bit of a thing at the moment. Last week we brought you a supercharged Nissan Elgrand and a Toyota Hiace with turbocharged 1JZ.

However, these seem tame when compared to this fifth-gen Toyota HiAce with a twin-turbo VR38 V6 from the mighty Nissan GT-R.

Yes, this sits right right next to the driver. (image credit: Engine Swap Depot) Yes, this sits right right next to the driver. (image credit: Engine Swap Depot)

Producing 373kW, Ju Sung Oh (the owner) plans on increasing power to 597kW, adding another level of insanity to the van.

Somehow it has also ended up with a manual instead of the GT-R's dual-clutch auto.

Helping cope with its newfound grunt is upgraded suspension and wider rubber. Visually, it has scored fender flares, while the inside has been jazzed up with six Recaro seats and countless other mods including automatic sliding doors.

It was recently on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon with all the other weird and whacky things you would expect to see in Japan.

This isn’t the first time a humble van has been given one of Nissan’s high-powered engines, joining this Ford Transit drag car with an RB straight-six, for example.

Does your HiAce need a GT-R heart transplant? Let us know in the comments.