1988 Volkswagen Caddy Will Soon Have McLaren 650S Power

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That's 640 hp in a car that weighs less than 2,000 pounds.

Can you imagine what a first-generation 1988 Volkswagen Caddy pickup would feel like if you put the twin-turbocharged V8 from a McLaren 650S in the load bin and used it to power the rear wheels?

Well, as it turns out, we won't have to imagine much longer. Garage 68 Motorsport will soon have the answer, as its employees are currently busy building the car we described above. This is one of the weirdest combinations we've seen in years. The most powerful engine ever put in the first-generation Caddy was a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, producing 74 horsepower. That model was never sold in the USA, however.

The 650S has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 640 hp, nearly nine times more than the Caddy was designed to handle. It sounds like a recipe for disaster but also loads of fun. This will make an HSV Maloo GTSR seem dull.

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The Drive spoke to one of the two brothers behind the project, and he explained how it came to be. They purchased a Caddy and the engine from a fire-damaged McLaren 650S from eBay. Because the McLaren was effectively burned to the ground, the engine was delivered sans wiring harnesses and sensors. Luckily, one of the brothers knows the engine well and had worked on McLaren race cars before. He still has contacts in that industry and was able to source the required parts.

To find a suitable gearbox, they scoured through more burned-out supercars and found a six-speed manual from a first-generation Audi R8. The build required a bell housing adapter to make the gearbox fit, plus another adaptor to mount the clutch and flywheel from a Lamborghini Gallardo.

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That's three supercars and one ratty old pickup in a single build.

As you can see from the images, the work is not done yet, but the rest is planned. The Caddy obviously can't run its standard suspension, but the brothers will be using the front end of a Porsche Boxster (986) to build a custom setup. The rear suspension will consist of Porsche 911 (996) components. Garage 68 custom-built a subframe to which the suspension components and the engine will be mounted, and the track will need to increase.

Missing parts include the entire intake system, exhaust, and front brakes. The rear brakes consist of Seat Cupra discs and the Boxster's rear calipers. The front will need something quite remarkable, and the brothers will likely splurge or turn to eBay to find a fourth supercar to borrow from.

While this may seem like the craziest idea ever, it's not the first time someone has put a massively powerful engine in a humble VW pickup. Still, we can't wait to see how this one turns out. Stay tuned.

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Source Credits: The Drive

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