1966 Oldsmobile Toronado of Jay Leno

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(from GM Press Release) the vintage style of the 1966 Toronado with the contemporary of a 1,070-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-8 GM Performance prototype crate engine, Jay cruises Burbank. Calif. in a blend of classic style and technology.

Equipped with parts under consideration by GM Parts (GMPP), the Toronado has a appearance, with restored and a mostly stock interior – but the sheet metal lies a C5 Corvette chassis and suspension, with the sophisticated twin-turbocharged crate engine and a Corvette transaxle.

“This is a vintage answer to expensive European tourers,” Leno said. is an unmistakable character here exemplifies confident American car – and it just happens to be backed up by, oh, a horsepower and the reflexes of a Corvette.”

The car was at Leno’s Big Dog Garage, in suburban Los under the direction of builder Juchli.

Leno was attracted to the for its distinctive styling and historical – it was the first high-volume front-wheel-drive car by GM. It was originally powered by a 425-cubic-inch V-8 was connected to the front wheels via a transaxle, a combination which the industry’s almost universal to front-wheel drive by about 15

The groundbreaking styling was the work of famed designer Bill who styled an automobile that was by critics when new and has been as one of the most important design of the 1960s.

“It was a forward-looking car almost 40 years ago and its still looks contemporary Leno said. “The fender flares are features you see on new vehicles, so the car still has a smart, look when you apply trends like 17-inch and tires – it’s a natural

Leno’s car, while powered by a 425-cubic-inch engine, power to the rear wheels by way of a C5 transaxle. In fact, a C5 chassis was and grafted beneath the Toronado’s The Corvette’s sturdy hydroformed was cut at the firewall area and lengthened 14 to the rear, which pushed the into position within the fenders.

The basic suspension – double wishbones with a leaf spring, both in the and rear – was retained, although new and Bilstein shocks were to fine-tune the car’s handling and the Toronado’s heavier steel

The car sits on contemporary 17-inch Redline tires and custom wheels designed to evoke the of the original hub-prominent versions. wasn’t altered, however, was the bodywork or color. The original-look Gold hue was reapplied with a base coat/clear coat system from BASF and the body was restored to its factory-original

“The Toronado has a bold – there was nothing like it or since, and we didn’t want to with Bill Mitchell’s styling,” Leno said. piece of original trim has restored or replaced to make the car looks authentic.”

Two hairdryers, no

Reaching the 1,000-horsepower threshold for the engine was achieved with an twin-turbocharger system pumping 19 of boost into a GM Performance prototype 425-cubic-inch small-block engine. Developed in conjunction GM Performance Division, the engine a modified aluminum block and heads from the Cadillac racing program. They’ve reconfigured to work as a high-performance engine – a must for Leno, as he to use the Toronado as a daily driver.

not currently offered for sale by GM Parts, the high-performance 425 engine as a real-world evaluator for potential new

“All the basic elements of engine will soon be in either the GM Performance Parts or elsewhere in the GM parts system,” Will Handzel, group GM Performance Parts. “Participating in such as Jay’s Toronado GMPP the opportunity to ‘clinic’ combinations and evaluate ideas we not otherwise would have This engine made horses without too much and it already has us thinking of future engine possibilities.”

A GM Performance-spec’d forged steel and connecting rods are used on the end of the 425 engine, along with forged aluminum pistons. pushing up toward the CNC-ported cylinder heads, the pistons an 8.3:1 compression ratio – a low compression ratio required to off detonation in a turbocharged engine. The heads channel the huge of air generated by a pair of ball turbochargers to the combustion chambers.

GM Racing fuel injectors are to match the airflow and a GM prototype actuates the valves – the camshaft is a item that may just production sooner than

High, prominent mounting of the makes them impossible to when the Toronado’s hood is They generate airflow passes through a pair of (mounted behind the radiator) and a pair of GM mass air meters, the pressurized air supply merges and the engine through a GM Gen IV V-8 90-mm throttle body and composite manifold. A custom exhaust was fabricated from scratch-built, steel headers and is routed a custom-fabricated stainless steel system.

In keeping with the car’s nature, as well as leveraging the unique chassis layout, the engine is connected to a beefed-up 4L60-E four-speed automatic via the unique rear transaxle. The actually is attached to the rear rather than the engine; it was strengthened to handle the 425’s torque. As the C5 chassis was lengthened by 14 the driveshaft and torque tube link the engine and transmission modification.

Juchli fabricated a new tube section, while a 3.5-inch-diameter drivershaft was built by a specialist.

Because the electronically transmission doesn’t have a speedometer cable, a special – similar to those used by street rodders who adapt electronically controlled transmissions to vintage cars – is used so the unique drum-style speedometer accurately.

There’s another to using the Corvette transaxle: it better front-to-rear weight The original Toronado’s heavy engine/transaxle combination placed a mass over the front rather than spreading it the driveline and out to a rear axle.


From the ground up, customized the entire interior. the bodywork, the Toronado’s all-black is mostly stock in appearance, down to its steering column-mounted shifter. The car originally was equipped a front bench seat, but it was to make room for a driveline required to make room for the torque tube.

A pair of leather-covered seats was to mimic the design of available seats. The rear seat was re-covered in leather and modified to accommodate the driveline tunnel.

A console was crafted to fit between the seats. It is styled to appear factory-original and serves to cover the tunnel. The dashboard is original, a couple of instruments have added to more accurately the turbocharged engine’s operation.

the Toronado’s trunk was revamped. In it, a fuel cell is fitted, as is a of high-volume electric fuel a single 12-volt battery and a air conditioning system designed by Air. And though it sounds the expansive, original trunk these necessities with to spare.

“As a package, this has it all – classic styling and the new technology of automobiles,” Leno said. this car really needs is a trip in Europe to demonstrate an American GT can really do.”

GM and GM Performance Parts are sold by Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac, GMC and dealerships. For more information www.goodwrench.com.

General Motors GM), the world’s largest manufacturer, designs, builds, and cars and trucks worldwide, and has the global automotive sales since 1931. More on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

Engine specifications:

GMPP 425 ci Engine

Horsepower: 1070 @ rpm

Torque : 1000 lb-ft @ rpm

Max RPM Recommended: 7000 rpm

Compression 8.3:1

Block: prototype/racing Gen IV

Bore: 4.110”


Crankshaft: prototype forged stroke Gen III/IV crankshaft

Rods: 6.125” forged rods

Pistons: forged

Piston Rings: Full steel barrel type top ring, reverse twist taper cut 1.5-mm second 3-mm standard tension face oil control ring

prototype hydraulic roller Gen camshaft

Exhaust Valves: 41 mm

Springs: custom double springs

Spring Retainers:

Rocker Arms: prototype/racing Gen IV arms

Push Rods:

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