Video: Subaru Microvan With Rear-Mounted LS1 Burns Them Down

Just recently, we did a quick little article on a video we came across of an Aussie that had thrown an LSx into an 1,100-pound tiny Suzuki Mighty Boy kei car. He swapped out the 543-cc SOHC motor that pushed a mere 28 horsepower and now has more power than the car can handle– today. Were assuming its only purpose is putting on some gnarly smoke shows. A reader commented, “Much like Japan is all about drifting, Australia is all about huge smokey burnouts.” And after today, we think this statement has been proven as factual, all thanks to an LS1-swapped microvan.

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LS swapped Suzuki Mighty Boy Kei Car

The most recent headline from the LS world in the land down-under goes along with this exact statement, too. This isn’t just a regular ol’ LS swapped RX7, Miata, S2000, or anything else like that– it’s a Subaru Sambar.

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LS swapped Subaru Sambar microvan

Exported to Australia from Japan, the Sambar would push a maximum of roughly 50 horses and be called a Subaru 500, 600, or 700 depending on the specific vehicle’s displacement. But, with the LS1, this one would be called a 5,665 (it’s not exactly 5.7-liters). The van is super light, weighing in at only 1,500lbs, so its 301 rear wheel horsepower has to be pretty freakin’ insane. But if you know anything about Aussies, you know insane isn’t good enough– it had to be over-the-top, with flashing lights, sirens, and even red and blue tire smoke.

Check out the smoke screens this thing can put out in the video above, brought to us by the guys over at 1320Video.

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Jenna Schiebe

Jenna’s addiction to all things automotive began soon after she was introduced to the car scene at age 16. She has a special interest in imports but, at the end of the day, is a enthusiast that loves anything that goes fast.
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