It’s common knowledge that Australian car culture is a little wild. They have an unbridled obsession with burnouts, a long-running romance with rear-wheel drive and a seemingly unrivaled knowledge of how to heavily turbocharge a V8. We truly thought we had seen all Oz had to offer, until we stumbled across this 1500 horsepower Toyota Tarago on Fullboost’s YouTube channel.
The Tarago is powered by Chevrolet LSX iron block 454 V8 crate engine with two 75 mm Turbonetics turbochargers, GM LSX heads, a hydraulic roller camshaft, a methanol fuel injection system and much more. That’s linked up to a Powerglide automatic transmission and a Strange 9-inch rear end with 35-spline floating axles.
Fullboost says the Tarago has been in the works for a while now but is just about ready to perform some shakedown passes. Despite it being based around a Tarago (sold in North America from 1991-1997 as the Previa) this build looks extremely professional and very well thought out.
The video below doesn’t show the van in action, but provides a quick rundown of the build and allows you to hear its LSX 454 V8 starting up. Here’s a sentence we never thought we’d type: we can’t wait to see what this early 90s Japanese minivan can do in the quarter-mile.