Watch a Twin-Turbo Willys Jeep Unleash at the Drag Strip
It’s hard to imagine the engineers at Willys-Overland ever conceiving the idea of a twin-turbocharged Willys Jeep. But just because it never happened, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t nowadays. Imagine the surprise on competitors’ faces when this turbocharged Willys rolled up to the recent Street Car Takeover event in Phoenix, Arizona. The vintage CJ-3A Willys Jeep has—at some point—lost its original 2.2-liter four-cylinder, but now it has been replaced with something about ten times as powerful… a General Motors LSX V8 with twin turbochargers. The engine? That came from a junkyard. The Borg Warner turbos? Those were sourced from eBay. And the transmission? That’s a popular TH400 automatic. Now the vintage Willys makes a tall 661 horsepower, 805 lb.-ft. of torque, and it sure can hustle. RELATED: Hennessey Unleashes Hell with Twin-Turbo 1,032HP Hellcats
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It’s all pretty amazing for a “junkyard build.” The Ratchet Willys or “whatever that is” as the announcer calls it, runs the quarter mile drag strip netting regular ten-second passes, all while sounding absolutely brutal. Oddly enough, from afar it almost looks like a Caterham Seven with its low-slung stance and roll cage.
The Willys Jeep doesn’t quite have enough to match a tuned-up Toyota Supra in the next lane, though it did reel it in, finishing the pass in 10.19 seconds at 135.82 mph. It was however fast enough to pummel a Ford Mustang Boss 302 and a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, claiming back to back 10.07 second passes. Yikes, don’t mess with this Jeep.
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