A 2002 Volkswagen Passat wagon isn’t a prime candidate for swapping a small block V8 into, but the aptly named Psycho Tuning out of Norway did exactly that, dropping an LS1 engine complete with a Magnuson MP112 supercharger right in between the two front wheels of the practical German five-seater.
According to LSXTV the Passat Wagon started out life as a standard 1.9-liter 4-cylinder TDI model, but after Psycho Tuning decided they wanted to go drifting and drag racing, they quickly realized front-wheel drive and an economical oil-burner weren’t quite going to cut it.
To make the wagon rear-wheel drive, they replaced the stock front and rear subframes along with all driveline components with those from an E39 BMW 5-Series. They then bolted their all-American LS1 power plant to a 5-speed manual Tremec TKO 600 transmission, which is usually intended for Ford engines.
Thankfully, this insane build isn’t just a garage queen that sits in storage all day. Psycho Tuning uses it for exactly what it was made for, converting perfectly good tires into smelly white smoke. Check it out in action in the video below.