What Is the Weirdest Engine Swap You’ve Ever Come Across?


Engine swaps can go one of two ways, and there’s almost no in-between. Either the new heart slides right into its recipient vehicle without a hitch, or there’s a massive fabrication job waiting for the person unlucky enough to have signed up for the project.  

Of course, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they hear “engine swap” is the legendary LS engine that has been found in so many GM vehicles over the years. The formula’s pretty straightforward: Pull old engine, slap in an LS, go fast. In fact, swaps using the engines are so common that it takes something special to really make it interesting.  

Spend as much time scouring the internet for car news as we do and you’re bound to come across things that just don’t add up. Take this Porsche Boxster, for instance, whose owner had a truly interesting engine swap in mind. The car somehow holds a Toyota 1UZ V8 behind the seats, but just barely. 

After a debate between The Drive’s staff on how something could actually be possible, we started talking about the strangest engine swaps we’d ever seen. A Toyota V8-swapped Porsche Boxster is unique, but it can’t possibly be the wackiest swap out there. It’s not hard to find super wacky swaps like the one below, but we’re more focused on the swaps that might actually work on a daily basis.

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