We’ve assembled an incredible list of modified machines for the inaugural Custom 4X4 Of The Year award.
On Track 4x4 Repairs owner Andrew Cassar is no stranger to modified 4x4s, but when it comes to engine mods, his latest Nissan Patrol takes the cake.
After fitting the stock VK56 5.6-litre V8 engine with a Harrop 2.3-litre supercharger kit, and retuning the ECU, Andrew’s Patrol now puts out a massive 350kW at the wheels.
“It goes great. It sounds like an HSV, goes like an HSV and I drive it like I stole it!” Andrew said with a grin.
With a weight of three tonnes, V8 Supercar power and a fuel economy of 21L/100km, it’s lucky that Andrew installed a 150L LRA auxiliary fuel tank which took the total capacity up to 290 litres, giving him a range of more than 1000km between fuel stops.
Independent suspension and electronic aids further help with performance. Andrew’s Patrol has been fitted with specifically tailored tyres: a set of 35/12.5R18 BFGoodrichs with stock rims for when it’s time to get dirty and a second set of 305/70R18 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s for running around town.
For the tyres to fit, the Patrol has been raised by 50mm, riding Old Man Emu springs with Nitrocharger Sport shocks; however Andrew told us that they’re currently being replaced with remote reservoir fully adjustable BP-51s.
At the front, the Patrol has been fitted with an ARB Deluxe bullbar and a Magnum 10,000lb winch with a 6hp Warn 9.5XP motor.
The Patrol has matching custom-made scrub bars and sliders, with a Kaymar full rear bar carrying the spare which has been moved out of the rear floor recess. In its place are five 20Ah AGM batteries with a total of 100Ah in reserve, controlled by a Redarc BCBDC 1225 charger. The Patrol is now able to jumpstart itself at the flick of a button.
Most people would expect that such a vehicle would have an extensive storage system installed inside the cabin; however Andrew’s got other priorities to worry about: family duties.
“It’s normally got three kiddie seats in there and the back’s full of groceries” he said with a laugh. No doubt it’s the fastest 4x4 shopping cart out there.
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