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Hoonigan Puts Two Fast & Furious Homage Cars On The Dyno To See What Power They Make

The dyno battle is the precursor to an epic, Fast & Furious-inspired drag race between a Ford F-150 "Frightening" and a Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

Hoonigan shows some love for the original Fast & Furious movie by hosting a "Dyno war" at throtl’s dyno where two cars, inspired by the 2001 Fast & Furious movie, put down some epic numbers, worthy of the franchise. Hoonigan brings their Ford F-150 "Frightening", which is a parts bin special with a 2JZ swap while throtl brings out a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, modified to look like Brian O’Conner’s original car. This one, however, is the real deal, so it should be interesting to see what power it makes. Hopefully, no "danger to manifold" signs pop up.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

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Unlike the movie car, this one has the 4G63T engine. The engine is fully built, but retains the 2.0-liter displacement. It also has an FR RED turbocharger running on 31 pounds of boost. It has an upgraded clutch and a five-speed manual that sends power to all four wheels. It’s also running on E85.

The car is a perfect representation of what Brian O’Conner’s green Eclipse should have been. The movie car packed a naturally-aspirated engine with around 140 horsepower, which wasn’t even a Mitsubishi, but a Chrysler engine. Everything from the green paint to the stickers is inspired by the car Paul Walker started his Fast & Furious stardom in.

The Ford F-150 "Frightening"

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We’ve seen Hoonigan’s Ford F-150 Lightning in action before when it went up against a modified Chevy K5 Blazer. Unlike the Mitsubishi, which is an incredibly clean build, the F-150 "Frightening" is a parts bin special. It was built from whatever the Hoonigan team could find laying around, including a stock 2JZ engine.

Like the Mitsubishi, the Ford is an homage to the F-150 Lightning shop truck, Paul Walker’s character was driving in the first movie. However, Hoonigan has decided to build the truck into what they think Brian O’Conner would have done with it. The 2JZ unit has a Garrett G-Series turbocharger strapped to it, running on 25 pounds of boost. The truck also runs on E85.

Mitsubishi hits the dyno first

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Things are looking promising as the AWD Eclipse experiences wheelspin
This testifies for some serious power. The last dyno pull showed a figure of 533 hp. The engine’s turbocharger runs at 31 psi

On the first run, the Eclipse experiences wheelspin, despite the all-wheel drive. Because of this, it manages to put down "only" 444 horsepower. After lowering the tire pressure, the car attempts two more runs. The final figure was 532.9 horsepower.

Can the Ford F-150 "Frightening" beat that?

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Like the Mitsubishi, the 2JZ-swapped Ford made three dyno runs. On the first one, the driver did not use all the RPMs and put down "only" 568 horsepower. The next two runs, however, were a pleasant surprise. If you have watched Hoonigan’s last race with the 2JZ-swapped Ford F-150, you will notice it had less power, back then.

On the second and third runs, it put down 628.6 and 642.5 horsepower, respectively. Notice how the right turn signal was shaking. We promise not to make any jokes about Ford’s 1990s build quality. The Ford makes more power, but it also weighs more. Soon, both vehicles will be seen on "This vs That", so stay tuned.


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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