The FJ Company's new Aspen Project debuted at SEMA with handsome cues and an all-new engine.
Amongst a sea of tacky tuners and aftermarket rubbish at SEMA 2016, sits a subtle, but stunning, creation by Miami-based The FJ Company. The Aspen Project, as it was so thoughtfully named, mixes the classic cues of the legendary Land Cruiser — specifically the FJ43 — with more modern enhancements and everyday family usability.
Dreamt up by owner Juan Diego Calle, the vision was to create a “purpose-built family-friendly beast,” according to the release, that would look at home both on the road and where the road ends. Inspired by the legendary mountain ranges of Colorado, the company went with the name Aspen for the project, which is also noted by the matte white exterior finish.
Like all builds that come out of the FJ Company, the Aspen Project started out life as a full frame-off restoration. A few minor updates like power steering, front disc brakes, heating and A/C were added, while a host of enhancements never before seen on an FJ Company build followed soon after.
The most notable upgrade came under the hood. A Toyota 1FZ 4.5-litre inline-six keeps the legendary spirit of the FJ in tact, but adds even more power to the mix. Paired with Caltech Electronic Fuel Injection and a a five-speed manual transmission, the new powertrain is good for 210 horsepower at full tilt.
On the exterior, the handsome FJ43 style remains… but with a few extra goodies to note. The aforementioned matte white paint job is finished with matte silver accents and Toyota OEM wheels coated in gunmetal grey. A Warn 8274 winch was also mounted alongside a pair of PIAA seven-inch LED fog lights. The final touch: a roll cage ensuring safety from start to finish.
Inside, a new digital instrument cluster has been added, as well as LED interior lighting and a premium sound system integrated with Bluetooth technology. All in all, it’s a stunning package. It’s currently on display at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Source: The FJ Company