The 1GZ-FE was only used in the second generation Toyota Century, a full-size luxury sedan sold to high-ranking people in Japan. Although much less well known than a popular Toyota engine such as the 2JZ series, the company’s only V12 actually lived a long half, from 1997 to 2017, when the previous generation Century was sold for two decades.
One of the 5.0-liter engines was shipped at one point to South Africa where the crafty Fatboy Fab Works managed to cram it into the engine bay of an entirely different vehicle. We’re talking about a humble Hilux that originally had a 3.0-liter diesel when it rolled off the assembly line in 2012.
Brought to our attention by Double Apex, the amplified Hilux now rocks the V12 of the century with a pair of Garrett GT35 turbochargers. The original engine in its naturally aspirated form once produced 276 horsepower (206 kilowatts) in the majestic sedan, but it now produces a whopping 540 horsepower (402 kW) on the dynamometer. Torque is also up considerably, going from a stock of 355 pound-feet (481 Newton-meters) to a mountain movement of 715 pound-feet (970 Nm).
Interestingly, it looks like the Century’s four-speed transmission is able to handle more than double the original torque of the V12, as the Hilux retains the sedan’s automatic while using a custom driveshaft. The brakes are stock for now, but will soon be upgraded to handle the extra muscle provided by the twin-turbo power plant.
The main idea behind the super truck was to prepare it for the Simola Hillclimb event, which took place earlier this month. Fatboy Fab Works managed to engage the Hilux twin-turbo and successfully climbed the hill, but not before fixing some electrical and gearbox issues. The beefy truck is now up for grabs if someone is brave enough to drive a Hilux V12.
Keep in mind that this isn’t the first Toyota after a century to get the 1GZ-FE as there have been several Supra Mk4s with the 5.0 conversion. As you can see from the related links above, we’ve written about a few of them. It’s also worth mentioning that the Hilux is no stranger to bigger engines, with an AMG V8 conversion making headlines last year thanks to its naturally aspirated 6.2-liter (M156) from a old C63.