Hoonigan’s 2JZ Supra-Swapped Ford F-150 Frightening Has Sprung to Life
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Hoonigan’s 2JZ Supra-Swapped Ford F-150 Frightening Has Sprung to Life

The Hoonigan team took it for dyno testing and it makes over a 100 horses more than the stock 2JZ engine

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The yesteryear Ford F-150 Lightning was one heck of a truck, especially in its second generation. It came with a supercharged V-8 mill that was officially the world’s fastest production truck at that time, hitting a top speed of 147 mph in a run in 2003. Now, no one in their right minds would swap this engine for something else, but the folks at Hoonigan did; and we love it!

Presenting, the Ford F-150 Frightening: an SVT Lightning that’s now powered by the 2JZ engine from the Toyota Supra. The team took it to a dyno, and the results are quite impressive for a shop truck.

What’s The 2JZ Engine?

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The Frightening is still a work-in-progress, but we get some updates and stuff that’s been done to it. First up, of course, it comes with the legendary 2JZ engine under the hood.

This is a 3.0-liter, straight-six twin-turbo engine that Toyota manufactured from 1991 to 2005. The first-gen that was built from ’91 to ’96 made 276 horses and 319 pound-feet of torque.

The U.S.-spec and the European versions, though, made 321 horses and 326 pound-feet of torque. It was equipped with different turbochargers, larger injectors, and revised camshafts. In the second-gen, it made the same horsepower but 333 pound-feet of torque.

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Since we’re talking about the 2JZ and the Supra, here’s another tidbit. The iconic “10-second” orange Supra from the first two Fast & Furious movies, driven by Paul Walker, was up for auction last weekend. It fetched $550,000, which is multifold more than what a 1994 Supra would get otherwise. Well, it is a celebrity in its own sense, and after Paul Walker’s untimely death, a fabric of history, too.

What Did Hoonigan Do To The 2JZ Engine?

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It’s not easy to put a Supra engine into a big truck. But, Hoonigan managed to do it quite well. They made a few changes of their own to it. The intercooler receives with the blower valve peeping out from the bottom. The team even equipped it with a Haltech coils pack and a carbon fiber filter! To keep the truck under control when it’s let loose, Hoonigan has swapped the stock brakes for 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers and aluminum hubs.

The Hoonigan F-150 Frightening Made 500 Horses In The Dyno Run

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After three baseline runs that made between 350- and 390 horses, the team then turned up the timing to see what it can churn out. In the final pass, it made 500 horses, which is impressive considering the components that are used and the purpose of this shop truck.

How Is It Compared To The Stock F-150 Lightning’s Engine?

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The SVT Lightning was a performance truck Ford built for almost a decade. It lasted for two generations. A third-gen concept was revealed, but it never made it to production. Both the generations of the truck came with V-8 mills, but the second one featured an Eaton Gen IV Supercharger and a water-to-air intercooler. It made 360 horses and 440 pound-feet of torque for the first couple of years, but was given a slight power boost to make 20 horses and 10 pound-feet of torque more. It seems too little, but this cut down the 0-60 mph time by one full second, now taking just 5.2 seconds to the dash.

Ford recently revived the moniker and slapped it on its first electric pickup truck based on the F-150. The F-150 Lightning is the most powerful F-150 ever built, making 563 ponies and 775 pound-feet of oomph in its best avatar. It will also be the quickest ever, breaking the original SVT Lightning’s 5.2-second time. Ford hasn’t revealed the time yet, but made sure to mention it will do it in mid-four seconds. A work-truck version of it called the Lightning Pro was also revealed.

Conclusion

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The truck was then taken to a dyno in a rather bare-bones form with even the body not built yet. The Hoonigans fixed some gauges inside, though. It seems like everything is running parallel. There will be another episode from this series and it will be the last one. So, we’ll see the final product then and know how this shop truck actually turned out to be.

What do you have to say about the F-150 Frightening by Hoonigan? Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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