WITH A SPICY TWIST!
If I told you 15 years ago there’d be things like Korean short rib tacos and Sriracha burgers, you’d probably tell me, “That’s just wrong” and that I was out of my mind. If I also told you LS swaps would be everywhere and USDM styling would be a “thing” in Japan, you’d admit me immediately to get me some mental help. As years have gone by, though, the boundaries have been broken. You can find fusion-style food at almost every restaurant and fast food chain, and the rulebook for modifying cars has been thrown into the flames. Anything is possible and anything is fair game; take this month’s Toyota issue, for example.
Engine swaps are becoming more prevalent among the hard-core aftermarket community. No, I’m not talking about putting a B16 in your DX Civic, but odd swaps, for example, Pruk Pruksathorn’s rotary-powered KE25 Corolla and Dino Hilario’s Nissan Sr20-powered Hachiroku. And speaking of Nissan engine swaps, we have an exclusive story on MCA Suspension’s 86. Many of you know MCA as the record holder at World Time Attack Challenge with their Hammerhead S13; however, their latest Toyota project features a 1,000+hp race-built VR38DETT out of the GT-R. Toward the end of the mag, there are a couple of stories on a Mitsubishi Starion and a Ford rat rod. Odd to include in a Toyota-themed issue, but under the hood is an ode to one of the most popular and potent engines from the JZ family. In addition, we have a follow-up feature on the folks from Krowrx. Many people hated the fact that the company tore apart an Acura Integra and transformed it into an exoskeleton car. Well, the boys from ’Bama are back at it again with a new creation under the Toyota umbrella.
Perhaps this month’s cover is the only vehicle that still follows the traditional route of tuning— employing the latest and greatest Japanese engine performance and style into one package. It’s not as unconventional as what many of this month’s feature cars have in common, but it’s equally as awesome.
Are these out-of-the-box engine swaps and modifications a step it the right direction? I guess it just depends if you like Sriracha with your burger or not.