No Soccer Mom Here: Is This The World’s Baddest Minivan?

The minivan — a modern day carriage that is a staple at malls and athletic fields all over the world. Every major automotive manufacturer produces or has produced them and not one of them is meant to be a performance vehicle, but that doesn’t stop some folks from taking it upon themselves to try. Bert Willemsen has laughed in the face of conventional race car building not once, but twice, creating two over the top “race vans”. Willemsen’s newest 1,500 horsepower family hauler is the ultimate mash-up between an outlaw heads-up car, and a van that takes kids to school.

The first van that Willemsen constructed was a Toyota Hiace van. Rocking a 383 LT1 that got boost from a Garrett turbo that took orders from a MoTec fuel injection system the van was a wild ride for sure. Getting this box down the track was a challenge for Willemsen, but he was able to knock out high eight-second passes at over 150 MPH.

Taking things to the next level is the 1993 Toyota Tarago Van that Willemsen will now pilot. The chrommoly chassis built by Top Notch Race Cars is full of bars for some ultra-quick elapsed times and gives the van a great stance. Giving the van its 1,500 horses is a Grunt Power-built 454 cubic inch iron block LSX mill. The engine is stuffed with a set of CP Pistons, Oliver rods, a Hydraulic roller cam, and is topped off with a set of GM LSX heads. A pair of billet 75mm Turbonetics snails pump out 18psi of boost for the engine.

A MoTec M84 ECU commands methanol guzzling 24 X 1000cc Injectors and four 1600cc Injectors. Taking the power and putting it to the ground is an A&B Automotive Powerglide with TCE 3400 stall converter. A Strange nine-inch filled with 35-spline floating axles and Pro 3.5:1 gears finishes out the driveline. 

The walk around video from Fullboost shows all the details of this van, and you get to hear the van build some boost. We can’t wait to see what kind of times this monstrous minivan puts down when Willemsen turns the wick up.

About the author

Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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