• Jan 27, 2009
Click image to watch videos of this V8 London Cab after the jump

The London Taxi is an iconic vehicle that, aside from a double-decker bus, is probably the quintessential British commercial transport. The particular London Cab in these YouTube videos is anything but. Computer specialist Steve Birchall spent nearly £60,000 (around $85k USD) ripping out the car's original diesel powerplant and shoehorning in a whomping big V8. There's very little going on outside to give away the car's secret, unless you look toward the rear. Back there, the fully tubbed monster meats kind of give away the game.

Popping the hood, you'll spot a 502cid American V8 that puts out around 500 brake horsepower. That's about quintuple the original motor's horsepower, and it evidently produces 0-60 runs around 4 seconds. While that might sound impressive, you'll have to see the video we've posted after the jump to see what really sets this cab apart. This one can dance. Watch the videos after the jump to see for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Ovidiu.

[Source: YouTube via ZerCustoms]





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      • 6 Years Ago
      AB, have you got this guy's number?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Make it hop!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best comment: "Bout a 4 second 0-60 instead of the original 40 minutes".
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised you don't see this kind of thing more often. It's a big car, so "shoehorning" a new engine wouldn't be difficult. And you can get them cheap as chips. Plus, I think they look kind of cool. AND they have suicide doors (the new TX1 doesn't any more - and it looks like crap)
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's pretty cool. I need to get me one of those
        • 6 Years Ago
        I bet the taxi meter doubles as an 3 axis accelerometer...
      • 6 Years Ago
      brilliant!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats effin' awesome ..... American v8's are the best !!!