Jay Leno tests the wild Ford Festiva-based Shogun


What happens when you combine one of the humblest small cars of the 1980s with one of the era's most powerful engines? 

You get the Ford Shogun, an outlandish custom that could have only been born out of the excess of the early 1990s. Not only that, but the Shogun is part of Jay Leno's private collection, and he shows it off to us in the latest installment of Jay Leno's Garage

The Shogun has been a part of Leno's collection for a long time, so he is the perfect tour guide to walk us around the ridiculous little car. 

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Instead of the wimpy, 63-horsepower engine that came in the Festiva originally, the Shogun (as its name implies) utilizes a V-6 from the Ford Taurus SHO. And the engine doesn't sit under the hood. It rests in the backseat area in a mid-engine layout. The original SHO was big news back in the late 1980s when the Shogun was built, but factory SHOs didn't have nitrous oxide to boost them to 300 horsepower like Leno's little hatchback.

Not only that, but the Shogun's entire underside was reimagined so that it is now rear-wheel-drive. 

A special body kit helped handle the car's newfound, wide stance and its larger tires.

Leno's owns one of seven Shoguns custom built by Chuck Beck and Rick Titus around 1990. Leno's is number three. 

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