There’s no doubt that we have come across some crazy engine swaps– especially on our sister magazine, LSXmag.com, we’ve seen everything from go-karts, kei cars, vans– you name it.
This one, though, we had yet to see until today; a VR38DETT in a Ford Focus (well, if you still want to call it a Focus.) We spotted it on Engine Swap Depot’s site.
If you don’t already know, the 3.8-liter VR38DETT V6 actually comes straight out of the R35 Nissan GT-R. When paired with AWD, the motor already makes for quite the performer, but this specific one pushes upwards of 800 horsepower and 700 ft-lbs of torque on 20 pounds of boost.
Its said that the team at Pace Innovations thought about swapping in a Coyote, but ultimately decided on the twin-turbo VR38 because of fitment issues. We’re sure glad– but still, the engine has to sit a little off-center and on a slight angle to squeeze in.
Though the owner and builders still refer to it as a Ford Focus, the only OEM Focus parts left on the car are the A and B pillars. The rest of the vehicle is custom built out of carbon fiber, weighing in at only 2,171 pounds and producing a whopping 2,204 pounds of downforce at 124MPH.
The car’s purpose? Hill climbs. The owner, Tony Quinn, plans on competing in various events, including the prestigious Pikes Peak this year.
We’ll be keeping our eyes open for Tony in future competitions, though the Focus definitely won’t be easily over-looked.