An old Toyota Celica is the classically cool machine with the healthy cult ...
An old Toyota Celica is the classically cool machine with the healthy cult following. What it doesn’t have is the overly powerful engine bolted in from the factory.
The delightfully crazy person named Jamie Heritage has decided to change that. This Aussie owner of the particular 1971 Celica has decided he wants big power. How big? How does somewhere between 1,100 and 1,150 hp at the flywheel sound?
Under the hood sits the 4.0-liter V-8 borrowed from a Lexus. Behind that is the sequential gearbox. The power then flows to the all-wheel-drive system plucked from Godzilla himself.
This Celica is running the set of gears from the R34 GT-R and the differentials from the R33. That’s what you might call the healthy setup, especially when the vehicles weighs less than 3,000 pounds in total.
This is the car that is reliably hitting over 186 mph, the owner has dreams of the 200-mph mark. Based on the power delivery shown in this video, the car is probably just the gearing tweak away from finding that special place on the speedo.
In the video below, he achieves a best run of 17.562 seconds at the speed of 165.7 mph over the 1000-meter (0.62-mile) run. Our hats off to you, Mr. Heritage. You are the best kind of mad bloke.
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