500 HP
350 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2976 LB
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
6.2 L
Transmission Type
MPG (City/Highway)
15.7 MPG

This Toyota 86 was purchased new in October 2012 and it stayed stock for 3 days before getting new wheel, coilovers and a host of other small TRD goodies. 4 months later I installed a Sprintex Supercharger kit, infact the first one sold outside of Sprintex's own cars. We ran the car for a year like that and then in 2013 it got a new exhaust smaller pulley and a retune with Flexfuel. it made 200rwkw. nothing too exciting but it woke up the car to no end. Fast Forward another year and I grew bored and based on the FA20 I was not really wanting to keep the Subaru motor in I opted to engine swap the 86 with an HSV Tuned LS3. This build was a long one, just short of 2 years in the making. While this seems long I was doing all of the work myself in my garage at home. This is where Mad Panda Garage was born a brand started to champion the DIY Home Mechanic in all of us. Expression Thru Modification. a simple phrase but one that rings true in every discipline.  The year is May 2017 and I had finished the main part of the build. The car was running and I was driving it. I had replaced just about every part of the driveline, interior and engine, and it still looks and drives like stock apart from the growl of a 6.2l V8 under the hood. After I had it tuned we were now pumping out a lazy 300rwkw. however this time the 86 was not peaky and due to torque the 86 would pull away in 4th at almost any speed. It is a pleasure to drive.  This is the journey from this point onwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as me. 

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[]James Russell

How the hell do you tame this thing?!

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