In a 14,000 square foot warehouse located in Oceanside California, Kolby Enger and 13 fulltime employees have been turning out complete engine packages for vehicles all over the world. In addition to the U.S. Turn Key has clients in South Africa, Germany, Dubai and Australia.
Turn Key Engine Supply was created in the summer of 2002. A one-man show in a 1,200 square foot building, Kolby developed a Toyota Landcruiser conversion kit for the LS-1 engines. Kolby had years of experience working with metals in his fathers machine shop so building custom engines took his skills to the next level.
As Kolby grew his business the sandcar market was just beginning to take off. He saw a huge opportunity to start working on engine packages for vehicles in the sandcar industry. Today, with the new regulations, Turn key Engine supply offers four V8 CARB emission packages for your sandcar or off-road vehicle. Currently they offer a 330 HP Aluminum 5.3 engine, 400 HP LS-1 and a 440 HP LS-2. They are also planning to have an Ecotec compliant engine package in the future.
The idea behind Turn key Engine Supply is to be a one-stop shop for a complete engine package. What sets Turn key apart from the competition is there are no additional parts needed for your engine. It’s all done in-house at Turn key with custom parts and once you install the engine there are 5 wires to hook up. Turn Key makes it’s own engine mounts, pulleys and adaptor plates. They also offer engine dyno service, chassis dyno service and full machine shop services.
Turn Key’s engine packages have been put in everything from sandcars, race cars and trucks, classic hot rods and even a few small aircraft. Turn Key is the exclusive supplier for TrophyLite off-road race trucks and were the official supplier of the Pro-spec engines in the CORR series before it ended in 2008. Kolby and his crew will even provide customer support at the races.
Turn Key Engine Supply isn’t finished growing yet. With a full machine shop that includes a CNC Lathe and CNC Mill, Kolby’s recent project was getting their new engine dyno up and running. This year, Turn Key expects to turn out 600-700 engine packages for their customers. With that many engine packages being put in vehicles all around the world, you can expect to see one sitting in the vehicle next to you at the next race, car show or sand dune trip!
Story by: Curtis Guise & Shaun Oschner