The Lamborghini Urus is many things, from a phenomenal all-rounder to a best-seller and a vehicle capable of rough terrain stunts, as much as its performance tires allow it. However, the Italian super-SUV isn’t as rugged as its LM002 spiritual predecessor from the 1980s, but a build from a Canadian shop may just change that. The crew over at Trickfactory customs is working full speed to marry the body of a Lamborghini Urus with a Chevrolet Tahoe sporting a long list of off-roading mods.
Yes, you are right—a body swap is not quite the same as reinventing an Urus for extreme terrain. Even so, the story of the Italian machine explains it all, and there’s a bonus to this story once you scroll past the first video below. You see, before the Coquitlam, BC-based shop took a hold of the Lambo, somebody rolled the vehicle.
As such, this Urus was destined to leave the world and get parted out. And while Trickfactory is using the Lamborghini’s twin-turbo 4.0L V8 and ZF eight-speed automatic for a yet unnamed project, the boys didn’t have the heart to dispose of the once-beautiful shell. After all, they are masters of engine swaps and have completed multiple extreme builds (e.g., an 1,500 hp Mercedes 190E Evo II).
Sure, there’s enough structural damage on this Urus shell to give anybody a nightmare. But the crew isn’t straightening the pillars/roof and calling it a day. Instead, the structural integrity of the project will rely on an exoskeleton at the very least.
The body of the Urus, which has already been completely gutted, is being placed on the rolling chassis of a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe—hey, this 2004 Tahoe was made to resemble a 1957 Bel Air.
The Chevy, which has body-on-frame construction, packs a wheelbase that comes within half an inch of the Urus, which made it an ideal candidate for the project.
Plus, with the Thaoe already packing an LS, the team has gotten its hands on a twin-turbo kit, with the output goal sitting anywhere between 800 and 1,000 hp.
Regarding the off-roading stuff, the build is getting 12-inch long-travel suspension and 40-inch tires. And, if the shop stays true to the details in the renderings showcasing the final form of the project (you’ll find these below with the green paint), the project will also sport portal axles.
Interestingly, there’s a bit of Jeep in there too, albeit in aftermarket trim. We’re referring to the tubular doors, which were initially meant for a JK Jeep Wrangler (the ex-gen model).
Goonzquad’s rebuilt Lamborghini Urus
Now, all this remastered Lamborghini Urus talk may have you lusting for a project that keeps more of the factory flavor. Well, you’re in luck, as the YouTubers behind the Goonzquad channel are almost done rebuilding a wrecked Urus.
Goonzquad grabbed the wrecked 2019 Urus in December last year. And, as their fans will tell you, the boys prefer to work on multiple (re)builds at a time and they’ve just unleashed their revived modern Ford Bronco. Even so, their Lamborghini SUV can now be driven inside the garage.
The machine, which has kept the factory engine, has recently been straight-piped, but this was one of the simple bits. For one, when rebuilding a wrecked vehicle, one has to overcome all sorts of challenges. And we’re not even talking about the bullet holes of the YouTuber’s Urus. For instance, a damaged ride height sensor meant the suspension kept pumping air into one of the springs until this recently blew up.
Nevertheless, we should see Goonzquad’s rebuilt Lamborghini Urus hitting the road within the next month or so. Meanwhile, you can check out the latest progress in the clip below.