“Monster 86” Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 V8 Conversion

500 wheel horsepower LS plug and play conversion done the modern way!

Today’s sophisticated CAN electronics can make conversions difficult as often ABS, Stability Control, Electronic Steering, tachometer, and AC are lost or compromised with complicated parallel engine management wiring.  Well that’s a thing of the past as we’ve developed a Chevrolet V8 LS engine harness with only 2 connectors that plugs directly into the OEM BRZ/86 firewall connectors.  That’s right, click, click and you’re done!

Our Nemesis Engine Management System has also been fully developed to be a plug and play solution for the sophisticated Toyota/Subaru CAN system allowing fully functional ABS, Electronic Steering, Stability Control, AC, Tachometer, plus allows fully programmable gear based traction control.  We’ve been racing and setting records since 2012 using this engine management solution and now we’ve adapted it for your “Monster 86” V8 conversion.

While many will be happy with a 500 whp 6.2 liter naturally aspirated engine, we’ll also be offering tuned maps, products, and support for 800-1200 whp turbocharged upgrades.  We will provide more details as we fill our product pages to help you with your conversion or a “Turnkey” conversion for you.  Engines, transmissions, driveshafts, clutches, radiators, belt systems, dry sump oiling systems, alternators, wiring, and all those little details you have no idea you need to tackle, we will have already solved for you.

Why an LS V8 conversion over an Element Tuning Pro Comp FA20 build with a turbo kit?  There’s honestly a lot to answer there but it primarily teeters on how much power you want. If 350 whp or less is your desire then we can build your Subaru FA20 to be race reliable, sell you a bunch of supporting mods, turbo kit, radiator, oil cooler, oil accumulator kit, air/oil separator, fuel system, ems, clutch and flywheel, and your transmission will handle it.  The peaky end will be 400 whp for a track car and that’s pretty much at transmission breaking territory.  In fact we couldn’t keep ours together until we built a custom $1500 transmission cooler.  Those parts alone are over $21k plus add in professional labor and you’re easily at $27k.

So is the V8 conversion cheaper then?  No, but it’s more cost efficient because while you could bump up that turbocharger and make 500+ whp with one our engines, your transmission will never handle it, and forget about road racing it at that power level for more than a handful of laps.  The custom Tremec transmission we have built for this conversion is rated at 700 ft/lbs of TQ and a properly setup LS3 will run 500 whp lap after lap!  Add a supercharger or turbo kit and you’re pushing 1000 whp but keep in mind we offer built LS3 engines for that level.

Can you LS swap your FRS/BRZ/86 for less than $27k? Yes, you can and that’s why we are happy to sell you the products needed so you can tackle this with your own used engine or if you simply want to take your time building up your dream car.

So how does it run and handle? Well our first race out we finished 2nd in Unlimited class running NA at Formula Drift and Global Time Attack Atlanta 2017


Questions about the conversion? Want parts now? Please give us a call 240.246.0302 or email us at info@elementtuning.com




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