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The owner of the tiny 1971 Honda N600 seen below has swapped the mini-truck engine for one from a Gixxer. The N600 with the GSXR-1000 engine makes 190 hp while weighing in at 480 kilogrammes, giving it a bonkers 400hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio. This modified little Honda N600 mini-truck is an insane tribute to Ken Block's Hoonitruck from his Gymkhana series.
The owner Alex Saint and his insane Honda N600 with the Gixxer engine swap were recently profiled by Youtuber Christian McMaster and the experience is one that has to be seen and heard to be believed. The little Honda is insanely quick and Saint has stated in the video that he has done the quarter mile on the drag strip in a time of 12.3 seconds at 104 miles/hour (167.32 km/h).
The reason for the speed is the swapped engine that sits at the back of the mini truck. Gone is the original car's air-cooled two-cylinder 598cc engine. Powering this modified little Hoonitruck wannabe is the engine from a 2013 Suzuki GSX-R1000 litre-class superbike. The original 2013 Gixxer 1000's engine cranked out 182hp, but this one has been tuned to spit out an extra eight horses with the help of a few mods. The engine is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox with a hand-lever that works in a similar fashion to how foot-operated shifters work on bikes. First gear is lotted by moving the lever forward while the other five move the other way.
Underneath the N600 body, there are quite a few changes as well to help keep this tiny beast on the road. These mods include a tubular chassis, 8-inch wheels shod with tyres that are nine and a half inches wide and 18-inches tall. With all the changes, Saint's insane little N600 weighs in a devilishly light 490 kilos (1,075 pounds).
The N600, was originally a van with Kei car dimensions but with a larger than allowed by regulations two-cylinder 598cc engine that was sold in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Honda also sold two other versions of the car which were called the N360 and N400 which featured 354cc and 402cc engines respectively. In 1972, Honda replaced the N600 with the Civic, a car that is set to return to India in a few weeks time.