Over-Engineered Simplicity: A KE74 Corolla Drift Wagon

Relating to drift automobiles, there’s nothing a lot easier than an previous rear-wheel drive Toyota Corolla powered by a 4A-GE. Takuya-san, nevertheless, determined to show this concept on its head, constructing one of the vital eyebrow-raising Corollas I’ve ever come throughout.

Should you’ve caught any of my earlier tales, you’ll in all probability know that I’m comparatively simple to persuade in relation to capturing automobiles in Japan. Particularly when it’s a Toyota, and particularly when there’s a possibility to move out into extra rural areas.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-1
Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-53

For these not acquainted with the Low Mind Drift Workforce, they’re a small crew with an enthusiasm for automobiles, meals and normal tomfoolery. In addition they placed on a terrific annual occasion at Sportsland Yamanashi.

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The place am I going with this? Nicely, Takuya-san – the proprietor of this loopy Corolla wagon – began Low Mind in 2007, and ever since, the workforce has been a staple of recent Japanese automotive tradition. As I reveal the main points of Takuya-san’s KE74, you’ll begin to perceive why.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-14

Now, Takuya-san’s Toyota will in all probability confuse a number of of you, because it’s a variation of the Corolla not many people are acquainted with. Should you stare lengthy sufficient although, you begin to see elements shared with the extra widespread sedan variant.

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From the skin, there’s loads to have a look at on this drift-spec wagon. From the RS Watanabe wheels to the Moze over-fenders, there’s not an entire lot you may critique. Persevering with the Corolla theme, elements from different variants appear to combine seamlessly, specifically the AE86 Levin entrance lip and Goodline carbon beneath panel.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-36
Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-40

Don’t let this Corolla’s kyusha styling and carburettors idiot you although – its innards boast loads of fashionable developments, most notably the rear S14 multi-link suspension conversion with a ‘Low Mind Authentic’ pushrod system. The form of setup that will look proper residence in an open-wheel race automotive. Nuts, proper?

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Relating to the rest of the footwork, Takuya has spared no expense or effort. Largus entrance coilovers, T3 knuckles and Beatrush bracing hold the entrance of the wagon planted and agile, often considerably of a tough job as Corolla aficionados would know.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-61
Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-57

Outdated Corollas aren’t recognized for his or her structural rigidity, so Takuya has comprehensively strengthened the wagon with a customized 11-point roll cage that ties into the rear suspension. To maintain everybody secure, a pair of OMP seats and Crow 6-point harnesses have been fitted as properly.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-28
Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-32

On the coronary heart of the KE74 is Toyota’s venerable 16-valve 4A-GE. Save for Toda 288-degree camshafts, the engine’s internals are comparatively customary, however nearly every little thing else has been touched. A set of Mikuni HSR42 bike carburettors and a Ok-Works headers make for a harmonious auditory expertise, each inside and out of doors the automotive.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-44

Because it sits, the 4A-GE is placing down round 130PS, which does properly within the sub-tonne Corolla. Performing because the proverbial ‘cherry on prime’ to this completely balanced setup, an AE86 T50 5-speed gearbox, ORC clutch and Nismo LSD assist get energy to the bottom – or at the very least hold the rear wheels spinning.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-56
Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-68

It was an actual pleasure to spend the day capturing with Takuya-san – it undoubtedly added to my need of wanting to construct a Corolla in Japan someday. Till then, anticipate a number of extra from me featured right here.

Alec Pender
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