Full Tilt Boogie: This Twin-Turbocharged Nissan Patrol Launches Like An Old Impala!


Full Tilt Boogie: This Twin-Turbocharged Nissan Patrol Launches Like An Old Impala!

If you haven’t seen a Nissan Patrol, here’s a summary: it’s two boxes connected by drivelines. One box houses an engine, another, larger box houses humans and cargo. The end…what’s more to say? They evolved from Nissan’s take on the original Jeep and have been in production since 1951. With exception of a run of second-generation vehicles sold from 1962 until 1969, weren’t available for the U.S. market. But go overseas and you’ll see these boxy SUVs all over the place. The Middle East loves them and Australia has quite a few running around, too. One in particular needs to be addressed here. It launches like an early 1960s Impala at the dragstrip, heading forward but with the body cocked seven ways from Sunday and screams through the quarter mile. “YPANIC” is a 1991 model Patrol and LS power makes it move out. Twin Garrett turbochargers pump 16 pounds of fun through the engine, which shoves 645 horsepower out through a TH400 automatic to the Nissan rear diff. Drinking E85 and hiking the front end at launch, the Patrol acts less like a Jeep descendant and more like a Qatar dune climber. Click play below to check out it’s first time at the track…we bet that more suspension work is going to happen in the near future!


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One thought on “Full Tilt Boogie: This Twin-Turbocharged Nissan Patrol Launches Like An Old Impala!

  1. ratpatrol66

    2 boxes, that is a very good description of the Patrol. I have bombing around in a 66 Nissan Patrol for over 20 years now. Slow, not very comfortable, heater sucks, and slow! But its still fun.

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