The 24 Hours of LeMons is, ostensibly, a racing series for cars whose running gear costs $500, but sometimes car builders get carried away and blow by that dollar figure. Usually, those builders end up swimming in penalty laps, but the right type of insane car builder doesn’t mind that because they ultimately have an incredible, one-of-a-kind racecar.
Such is the case with Olaaf Rossi’s Turbo Taxi, a Ford Crown Victoria whose Modular V8 is fed by a pair of Garrett turbochargers. Rossi posted it for sale—post engine destruction— in November for $5,000 and never got any bites.
Now it’s headed to the junkyard. Make the jump to see the video that explains why that’s an immense shame.
At the Turbo Taxi’s final race at New Jersey Motorsports Park last spring, it passed 107 cars in the race’s opening nine laps before the V8 called it quits. The , but here are the most relevant factors:
- Twin Garrett T3s, at least one of which is mounted inside the car underneath a scatter shield (Hence the amazing blow-off valve noises in the above video). From memory, I believe the setup made north of 350 horsepower.
- T3650 manual transmission swap from a Ford Mustang (No surprise since Rossi also races a Mustang in NASA’s American Iron class).
- Custom wiring with a Megasquirt injection setup outputting to 24-inch monitor inside the cabin to serve as the onboard instruments and also to make the car look like a fighter jet inside.
Naturally, the engine is destroyed and would need replacing with the all-aluminum engine from a 1995 to 1999 Lincoln Mark VIII. The swapped-in engine would need a slight tune, according to the sale posting, but it would be insanely fun thereafter.
Alas, the car is headed to the junkyard after Rossi strips the parts from it.