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A London taxi fitted with a Chevrolet V8

New York has its yellow cabs, Hong Kong its red cabs, and London its very famous black cabs. But when you graft a Chevrolet V8 onto a body normally used to small diesel units, you are not sure whether the intended use is passenger transport!

We know the legendary reputation of London taxis, black eggs parading through the arteries of the English capital for decades, and now definitely anchored in its landscape. If the famous LTI (for London Taxis International) has long established partnerships with the manufacturer Austin, having given birth to FX3 and FX4 – undoubtedly the most famous taxis in the world – it has been owned by the Chinese group for a few years Geely, who put his paw on and changed the original DNA of the black cabs historiques.

Taxi lent

At last ! LTI or Geely, what is certain is that these models do not never shined by a particularly powerful engine. At the same time, what is the point of traveling in London, which, like the European metropolises, is one of the most congested in the world? We therefore found basic Original Austin, Land-Rover then Nissan diesel engines of 2.2, 2.5 and 2.7L.

Not enough to exceed 150 km / h given the weight of the machine.

Fast taxi

a copy on sale recently drew our attention for the rather original engine it offered: a Chevrolet Genuine V8 of 8.2 liters, developing 444 horsepower ! This unique model, currently on sale on eBay for € 34,999, is home-made and is equipped on all four wheels with adjustable hydraulic suspensions, way lowrider.

Enough to put an end to traffic jams for your home-work journeys!

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