Thursday, 31 January 2013

Twin-rotor KE20

If there's one thing that the Aussies and the Kiwis do really, really well in the automotive sphere, it's making old cars look credible on massive rims. It's just something we wouldn't contemplate in Europe - if you roll a Capri or Cavalier on nineteens, you'll be shunned by your fellow enthusiasts and stuck in a dark corner at car meets. The key is to embrace the element of subtlety...
As we can see here, this '72 KE20 Corolla is sitting on some cartoonishly large wheels - 7x17" up front and 10x18" out back, with a hell of a lot of dish and girth at the rear. But the colour-coding provides a subtlety which, combined with the dramatic drop in ride height, makes the car more Hot Wheels than anything else. And everybody loves Hot Wheels.
Rather less subtle is the choice of engine: a 13B twin-rotor unit from a Mazda RX-7, with a whacking great Garrett turbo, chunky intercooler, and twin-2" exhaust that exits via a custom cutout in the sill. The result? 285bhp slapping through a Hilux LSD to that tubbed rear end. Magnificent.
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