We can sum up the insanity here with just two letters and a number: LS1.
Are you ready for a conspiracy theory that will rock everything you think you know about Australia? The history books say indigenous Australians likely crossed a land bridge from Southeast Asia around 45,000 years ago, with Europeans eventually discovering and colonizing the continent in the late 18th century.
It’s all rubbish.
Australia is actually the lost continent of Atlantis; its people are tasked with guarding a most wondrous technology that atomizes rubber in grand, spectacular fashion. Seriously, we’re not making this up. How else do you explain the knack Australians have for positively epic burnouts?
In this instance, we have what appears to be a third-generation Subaru Sambar, built for the Japanese market from 1973 through 1982. They were exported to Australia, where they were known as either the Subaru 500, 600, or 700, depending on the displacement in cubic centimeters of its twin-cylinder engine. If we’re to follow that naming convention, this particular van would then be a Subaru 5700 due to the General Motors LS1 V8 sitting behind the driver.
So to sum up, we have a bona-fide Japanese microvan exported to Australia, where it received a mid-ship LS1 swap to send 301 horsepower to the rear tires. Oh, did we mention the van weighs roughly 1,500 pounds? That’s a recipe for the kind of automotive fun that comes with a warning label from the Surgeon General, and in this instance the crazy van doesn’t disappoint. The tire smoke even matches the emergency lights. Neat.
Yes, we’ve seen plenty of burnout videos from all around the world. But to call back to this Atlantis theory – how is it every burnout clip from Australia is wickedly, violently awesome? Anyone can turn the hides on a car to create a smoke show, but there’s something entirely different happening with our friends Down Under. Clearly they have access to some kind of mythical technology the rest of us just don’t understand. They are, after all, living in Atlantis.
We're cool with secrets as long as we keep getting videos like this.