September 26, 2022

We have a look again at a function from 2014, and the proper traditional Euro/JDM mashup created in Sweden; it’s Viktor’s 1JZ VW Caddy.

Function from 2014. Phrases: Ben Chandler. Images: Paddy McGrath.

Generally it’s essential to pinch your self to verify issues are actually taking place. Sounds tacky, however it’s fully legit. Permit us to introduce the JapCrap Bombsquad. Again in April 2013, photographer Paddy and myself flew to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. To be sincere I didn’t know what to anticipate… Rod, of Speedhunters fame, had arrange a function with the fantastically aggressive 1JZ VW Caddy that you simply see right here. It’s an exquisite contraption that has all been very fastidiously constructed by ingenious proprietor, Viktor Martensson.

Viktor and his mates embody all the things I like in regards to the automotive scene. This man began out as a humble metallic employee in Stockholm, and with the assistance of the JapCrap Bombsquad, has put collectively a car that he’s capable of have stacks of enjoyable with.

I’m fascinated by the pure madness of the construct. Merely all the way down to the truth that it breaks all the guidelines. This tuned 1JZ VW Caddy is an ideal Euro/JDM mash-up and Viktor has additionally managed to mix many components of varied scenes to create a automotive that everybody appears to be speaking about. It’s all-encompassing. This car represents the Euro, drift, JDM and stance motion multi functional huge hit. It’s a German automotive that’s been created by a intelligent Swedish man utilizing Japanese energy. Good.

From the surface it could appear like a fairly bonkers Volkswagen Caddy with a side-exit exhaust. However truly, there’s an entire different full automotive concerned within the construct, as effectively a load of fabrication work. Moderately than simply match the engine from a Soarer, Viktor fully re-engineered the entire physique. The entrance finish is just about all Soarer with the Caddy panels cleverly disguising the happenings from this dead-side shot. The rear sub-frame is all Soarer too.

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Sideways drift shot of 1JZ VW Caddy

The entrance of the 1JZ VW Caddy nearly has a character; a form of mad, one-eyed face that shouts, “I’m gonna bodily hurt you in the event you don’t get out of my manner!” And Viktor’s not afraid to push his newest creation as these superior photographs taken by Paddy on the unimaginable Gröndal Eskilstuna Motorsport Area present.

To make the 1JZ VW Caddy extra monitor compliant, Viktor has made some modifications. The exterior wastegate used to sing its battle cry by way of a wild screamer pipe that appeared much like the handbrake and kit shifters used contained in the automotive. This screamer pipe exited straight up out of the engine bay and appeared loopy, but additionally sounded fairly violent, too. Violent in a great way, that’s… until, after all, you’re a racetrack scrutineer with a dB meter. With noise discount being the secret, Viktor has re-engineered his Caddy’s turbo’s wastegate system. Regardless of this although, the motor nonetheless sounds very robust certainly.

Side profile shot of 1JZ VW Caddy

It’s a deliciously easy straight-six sound that the 1JZ turbo lump serves up. A sound that’s fully surprising. It’s not one thing you affiliate with a VW and definitely not slightly Caddy truck. The graceful engine observe is complemented by the equally slick rolling inventory that this car sits on.

As you possibly can think about the swap was under no circumstances straightforward. Viktor truly had the Caddy sat round in his workshop for 4 or 5 years, however didn’t ever begin the challenge. Then a turbocharged ’91 Soarer packing the all-important 1JZ motor got here into his possession and 12-months of significantly arduous work commenced.


Rear 3/4 shot on 1JZ VW Caddy

The entrance finish of the Soarer has been expertly grafted onto the 1JZ VW Caddy. Soarer suspension components have been used all through and that features the 5×114.3 hubs permitting for extra attention-grabbing wheel fitment than the same old 4×100 Caddy choices.

Some components have been particularly sourced for the construct, like this Tial wastegate, while different components have been gained from different builds or sourced at a discount value. I’m actually into this hunter-gatherer ethos and the result’s a machine that instructions respect. It’s clear that somebody who’s resourceful, in addition to ingenious, has constructed this epic truck.

Forcing air into the motor is the GT35 turbo; the sound is totally unimaginable. The gas consumption is fairly insane too… with the turbocharger permitting the 1JZ motor to eat 10 gallons of gas in lower than 120 miles when getting used to its full potential!

The sprint set up, wiring and funky little touches contained in the Caddy are all Viktor’s personal handiwork and an expression of his character. I for one actually prefer it when individuals inject a few of their character right into a construct slightly than merely putting in ‘must-have’ components in an effort to tick packing containers.

This automotive has been constructed for the driving force. The whole lot is strictly the place it must be. Sit within the sizzling seat and you’ll simply entry the effectively positioned gear shifter and the hydro-handbrake. Regardless of the Caddy having the seems to be of a stance automotive, that is very a lot a driving machine.

The highest of the S13 sprint pod greater than hints on the seriousness of the pedal field conversion that Viktor carried out himself.

OBP, or Optimum Steadiness Merchandise as they’re additionally identified, have been used to make sure that the Caddy is even additional targeted in direction of the driving force. Viktor was into Moto X racing, and regardless of it solely being his second time driving the Caddy, out on monitor it was very obvious that he’s a pure drifter.

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Interior on 1JZ VW Caddy

An extra view of the inside reveals that that is very a lot a perform over type affair. It’s completely consistent with the remainder of the construct and hits dwelling how offended this automotive is. In truth, it’s past offended. It’s tremendous mad!

On the day of the shoot Viktor’s Caddy put a large smile on the face of everybody who noticed it and you’ll’t assist however admire his ingenious strategy to the construct. This isn’t a big-money construct. Fairly the alternative – it’s very a lot a blood and sweat sort of affair. Viktor and the JapCrap Bombsquad are bringing collectively the perfect of many alternative automotive cultures and are additionally having a great deal of enjoyable within the vehicles that they construct collectively. And that’s, certainly, what it’s all about.

Rear shot of 1JZ VW Caddy

Tuned VW Caddy with a 1JZ engine

Tech Spec: 1JZ VW Caddy 


Toyota 1JZ motor, GT3582r turbo, Tial 38mm wastegate, 3in downpipe, aftermarket plenum with 80mm throttle physique, BMW F10 radiator with two 12 electrical followers, 19-row oil cooler, GReddy blow-off valve, BMW ZF gearbox, ACT paddle clutch, handmade drive shafts.


OZ Racing Futura 8.5×17 (entrance), 10×17 (rear), Federal SS595 195/40×17 tyres (entrance) and Nankang NS-II 215/40×17 tyres (rear), BC Racing BR coilovers, inventory Toyota Soarer brakes.


Full re-spray in JapCrap purple, handmade vast fender, facet exit exhaust, full customized rear bay with 10-gallon gas cell.


Flocked modified Nissan S13 dashboard, handmade eight-point roll cage, hydraulic handbrake, Sparco Dash seats.