Someone Swapped an F22 into a 1996 Tacoma
This little Toyota truck is packing something a lot more interesting than its shell.
The Swap Job
It's not often that you see a sports car engine swapped into a small pickup truck. And not just any sports car engine, an F22 engine from an S2000. While some may call this crazy, it's exactly what one individual did. On their own, both the Tacoma and the S2000 are about as good as they get for their intended use. The owner of this old Toyota must have wanted the best of both worlds. But is that what he ended up with?
The Honda Sports Car
Let's now take a quick look at each of the two cars that were combined to create this F22-powered small truck. First, our beloved Honda S2000. About as pure and exciting of a sports car that has ever been built. The S2K design utilizes a front-mid-engine layout which provides great weight distribution, and with its compact package and brilliant drivetrain, the S is the ultimate driver's car.
King of Japanese Trucks
The Toyota Tacoma, on the other hand, is about as economical and utilitarian of a cargo vehicle that 1995 had to offer. Not quite the presence and power of the larger trucks, and nowhere near the handling and performance of a proper sports car, the early Tacoma was intended for light-duty cargo transport usage. It's as reliable as you want, but nothing to write home about...
The F22 engine found in the AP2 models was an Aluminum-Alloy l4 engine. Though not the fastest engine in stock form, it still put up some solid numbers, with 237 Horsepower at 7800 RPM and 162 lb-ft torque at 6800 RPM. The process of swapping the engine it was not a simple one, as one can imagine. Custom engine mounts and parts had to be fabricated in order to fit the F22. The firewall, intake, and seat railings had to be modified and rebuilt as well.
A custom driveshaft went into the truck, as well, to help bring the new-found power to the wheels. To rounds things off, the Tacoma was fitted with the S2000 digital instrument panel, as well as the red start button. With all the work done, this Tacoma will pump out S2000 power to the wheels and wow Honda enthusiast at car shows.