Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Turbo Minivans - "I gotta get me one of these!"

Call me crazy, but turbo minivans have been an interest of mine ever since I was a kid. My parents had a minivan, and the thought of making one really fucking fast by either upgrading the naturally aspirated engine, or adding a turbocharger sounded really cool. As I grew up, I realized that these things are all over the place.

Obviously at the age of 20, I have better things to spend my money on (i.e. rent, food, and beer) but I've been reading stories over at turbominivan.com that seriously make me want to pick up a minivan at some point in my life, and slap a turbo on it. Can you imagine the look on someone's face when they hear your minivan's engine screaming with 15 psi of boost? I can.

Still thinking turbo minivans are a joke? Well, they're not. Here's a video of a Plymouth Voyager absolutely smashing a Firebird on the track:


And here's a video of a turbo Plymouth Voyager (possibly the same one?) just barely losing to a Subaru WRX:


So in conclusion, if you pull up to a red light and there's a dude in a minivan beside you, you don't know what he's got under the hood! And to all the haters who are saying "yeah, but it's an ugly-ass minivan," I say shame on you all. It's the ultimate sleeper, and I'd totally like to own one (not as my daily driver, of course).

22 comments:

  1. I love a good sleeper, mini-van included. My friend had a mini-van in high school - God I wish I knew which model - and it actually had a stick shift. Hand-me-down from his dad. We called it Tonsa Fun, cuz, well, it was.

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  2. i used to have a van like this, then it just started fucking up every month, so i sold it for a 150 bux.

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  3. LOL, man I totally want to trick out a minivan now. Just gotta be careful on those sharp turns for rollovers =D

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  4. i'd choose one of those over a japanese import car anyday.

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  5. ROFLMAO I love this, it's very top gearesque.

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  6. Love this sort of hidden energy under the dashboard and then like a crack of thunder they're gone and eating your dust, they did this on Top Gear recently but with a Ford Transit van with a jaguar engine and 2 turbo's.

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  7. the concept of a turbo minivan makes my skull hurt...

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  8. hmmm
    i want one but i dont wanna be seen in it.
    heh.

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  9. i still have an golf 3 need to change it in the near future

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  10. my little corsa is turbo charged - best money i ever spent. Looks like a little a little unassuming run about....but absolutely kicks ass of the lights

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  11. I actually like the Chrysler Pacifica sadly they quit making them(kinda minivan suv crossover look) wouldnt mind seeing one of them with turbo.

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  12. That's cool the ultimate sleeper, but Id still go for a crown vic.

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  13. holy crap, those things seem sweet but I've never seen one in person. That is amazing I would pick one up if I had the money for sure. That's gotta be alot of force!

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  14. i've never been one to drive a sleeper. i like some show with my go. but a sleeper minivan would be pretty fun. i'd go extreme with it and do as much weight reduction as possible, try and slap in a rotary turbo if it'd fit right...could be pretty great but i don't have the money for that.

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  15. I guess soccer moms are late for practice sometimes. This could be useful.

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  16. pretty good pick, lets help him out so he can get one!

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