Hiace Racer by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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The Toyota Hiace is immensely popular to modify in Japan due to its spacious interior. Many Japanese modify these like you’d outfit your living room or bedroom featuring full out bars, couches and/or beds inside. While the car is wildly popular to customize for cruising and hanging out it is a very rare sight to see one on the race track. So when Mat Rus of FarmOfMinds found this raced out Hiace we thought it would be a really fun post to share.

This Toyota Hiace sports a motor swapped Nissan 2.8l  OHC L28 inline 6. We can only guess that there are many serious other mods done to this Hiace. I’m sure those gauges aren’t there for nothing and also you’ll notice a full roll cage, window safety net, oil cooler, ITB’s, etc…

These shots are not the best but the Toyota Hiace is cool enough to post here!

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Toyota HiAce by Matt Rus

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As most of you know, vanning is very popular in Japan. The most recognized JDM vans are those extreme vans with custom body work, crazy wings, airbrushed paint and loud exhausts. Sure, I love their different approach of styling but I would never be seen driving one.

Instead I would be happy to have Toyota HiAce with minor styling modifications. First I was skeptical about these vans but in the course of time they actually grew on me simply because they are different compared to EUDM style vans which daily pass by my eyes. This HiAce is an example of how I feel it should be done. 20-inch CRS ESSEX ES-20 white wheels to match the body paint, lowered stance and some sleek body parts to make it complete, and yet it’s functional and perfect to go to shopping with.

What do you think? Is it too “rice” with 20-inch white wheels? I think they fit well on the van.

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EDIT BY BEN – The real reason to get a HiAce becomes apparent when you see how people have been modifying the large interior space to recreate full out living rooms in the back, couches and all. Just think of how many Japanese women will fit in one of these vans…If I sold used cars, that’d be my pitch (sorry, just watched “the goods” last night with the whole Bulletproof team and car sales pitches are fresh on my mind)

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