Coz on the diner when we did 600 horsepower , we did 201 kilometers an hour in second gear .
So technically in a vacuum , this quantum can do 300 ks an hour .
But you need big balls .
I think to go over 200 in this vehicle .
If you drive this vehicle , it's actually it's not bumpy , it's not noisy .
We've got two big mufflers at the back muffles just enough that you still get a really nice view to it .
My name is James Ridling behind me is my crazy Lamborghini inspired V 12 twin turbo taxi .
The reason this taxi came about five years ago , we were buying Toyota quantum panel vans , which we then could legally get converted and we could then sell them as taxis .
And at that point , we decided let's do something for marketing purposes , but also something creative .
I came upon a , a company s ad customs Japan that actually took a Lamborghini vented door and they took some inspiration from that both the front and the back and I had this really good video of this thing driving .
And I said , well , this for me is one of the coolest cars that I've ever seen .
And so the journey started of actually deciding to buy the body kit from Japan .
The body kit cost 96,000 .
So that was an expensive part .
We bought a 12 2002.5 petrol quantum .
And then we found a fabric crater that could actually build the quantum for us .
It's a V 12 1 Z U engine from Japan .
Not a lot of car nuts know that Toyota made a V 12 .
It's actually an engine that comes from a century which is a limousine something limousine is almost exclusively sold in Japan .
It does about 225 kilowatts from the factory uh 410 Newton meters of torque , but torque is delivered at about 1000 500 R PM .
So it's a really toy engine .
We've put two twin scroll turbos T three T four .
So it's nice big Turbos which pulls up to about 3.5 1000 .
Then they start to boost running boost at 10000.5 because we've got a high compression engine engine is 10.5 to 1 compression which is very high for a turbocharged engine .
It's not a good engine to turbocharge .
The original injectors which were 254 CCS , it couldn't deliver the fuel .
So we put in Porsche 9973.8 Carrera , a 351 cc Bosch injectors in running at a duty cycle of about 90% which is on the limits , but that's still within um , the specs .
Then we had a custom plenum designed with 12 trumpets to get the air flow equally into the plenum .
On the E C U side , we run a max eu U .
We've got this C I three speed gearbox limited slip diff 750 horsepower .
It's rated to , we've got a bespoke coil overs in the front in the , we had to unfortunately take out the double triangulated suspension .
So we're running the regional leaf springs .
We are running the standard brakes in the front just because the quantum is designed to carry load .
So it's got really big brakes in the front .
We also had to remove the intercooler which was situated behind the diff with two charged coolers and that actually gets cooled by two radiators that sits in the front .
It cools the intake temperature from about 80 to about 45 degrees , which is really , really good for a turbocharged engine .
And then we have to install a couple of fans just to get to dissipate the heat build up as the engine is sitting quite high and it's sitting in a tub .
I wanted something with a lot of torque uh so that it can drive without the turbo spooling up .
And so you drive , working back turbos is not on , you drive normally aspirated 400 Newton meters of torque , which is fine to get the vehicle moving along .
The auto box work .
So it's really smooth .
The gear changes .
What's nice about this box ?
It's called the T C I .
It's the company , the model is a street fighter .
It's a box that they use for street track racing in America .
So it's three speed .
But what makes it unique if you pull the pistol shifter from third to second ?
It actually changes instantly .
It's interesting when the power comes in , I think because the torque curve is so linear , there is no drama .
So you go from normally aspirated , you hit 3000 R PM .
You can hear the turbos boost in .
It almost feel like if the quantum is lifting up a little bit , which is a great feeling .
I won't dice a G T I , it is a brick , it doesn't have good aerodynamics .
But once I'm going and I'm in second gear and I'm at 80 and you throw that thing , I tell you a fast car might beat you , but it's gonna go .
What the , you know that this quantum is actually keeping up with me .
This vehicle for me is about a sizzle by achieving that .
It , it , it achieved my goal .
We had to go through a whole process of R and D .
We could have gone a very simple route .
We could have put a Toyota Super One or two Jay Z engine in five parts from the shelf , put it in it's all proven technology .
But because we decided to go for the V 12 engine , we had to pay a price for R and D .
We are on engine number three , we have done two turbo set ups .
The suspension was done three times .
We have done two E C us .
It felt like I'm stuck in this nightmare because it would just drag on and drag on every time something broke or we had to make a change .
That was a month or two that went by .
At that point , you just say this is a nightmare .
I want to turn around and walk away from this .
I did , I got in my car and I left and then the weekend goes by and you , and you say to yourself , I need to pick up .
I can't just let this thing go .
If you are maybe 6 , 700,000 into a bolt and you blow an engine , you can't just say I give up .
But I must say the last year when we started getting the outside done getting the inside done , then I could see results .
And then when we decided on the red with the gold wheels , I actually saw it for the first time .
I said now everything is coming together and I was so delighted and overcome with emotions when I saw that .
So the last year has really , really been not so frustrating .
It's been a pleasure for that .
I'm thankful because now that the taxi is done .
I can actually enjoy it while I'm driving it and it is really a fun , a fun vehicle to drive everything in this van .
I would say we've taken it to , to the next , the next level , the amount of compliments you get , just make it absolutely worth the while .
In my opinion , at least in South Africa there's nothing like this and in the world you might find something which has got the same body kit , but mechanically having a twin turbo V 12 with a bespoke suspension .
I don't think there's something that comes close close to this .
So for me it's a , it's a world unique , uh , uh , vehicle .
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