HomeAutomobileOver-Engineered Simplicity: A KE74 Corolla Glide Wagon

Over-Engineered Simplicity: A KE74 Corolla Glide Wagon

On the subject of glide automobiles, there’s not anything a lot more practical than an previous rear-wheel pressure Toyota Corolla powered by way of a 4A-GE. Takuya-san, then again, determined to show this principle on its head, construction one of the eyebrow-raising Corollas I’ve ever come throughout.

If you happen to’ve stuck any of my earlier tales, you’ll most certainly know that I’m rather simple to persuade in terms of taking pictures automobiles in Japan. Particularly when it’s a Toyota, and particularly when there’s a chance to move out into extra rural spaces.

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

For the ones now not conversant in the Low Mind Glide Workforce, they’re a small team with an enthusiasm for automobiles, meals and normal tomfoolery. Additionally they placed on an ideal annual tournament at Sportsland Yamanashi.

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The place am I going with this? Smartly, Takuya-san – the landlord of this loopy Corolla wagon – began Low Mind in 2007, and ever since, the workforce has been a staple of contemporary Jap automobile tradition. As I divulge 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 most certainly confuse a couple of of you, because it’s a variation of the Corolla now not many people are conversant in. If you happen to stare lengthy sufficient although, you begin to see portions shared with the extra commonplace sedan variant.

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From the out of doors, there’s so much to take a look at in this drift-spec wagon. From the RS Watanabe wheels to the Moze over-fenders, there’s now not an entire lot you’ll be able to critique. Proceeding the Corolla theme, portions from different variants appear to combine seamlessly, specifically the AE86 Levin entrance lip and Goodline carbon below panel.

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Don’t let this Corolla’s kyusha styling and carburettors idiot you although – its innards boast numerous trendy tendencies, maximum significantly the rear S14 multi-link suspension conversion with a ‘Low Mind Authentic’ pushrod device. The form of setup that may glance proper house in an open-wheel race automobile. Nuts, proper?

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On the subject of the rest of the footwork, Takuya has spared no expense or effort. Largus entrance coilovers, T3 knuckles and Beatrush bracing stay the entrance of the wagon planted and agile, generally reasonably of a difficult process as Corolla aficionados would know.

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Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-57

Previous Corollas aren’t identified for his or her structural tension, so Takuya has comprehensively reinforced the wagon with a customized 11-point roll cage that ties into the rear suspension. To stay everybody protected, a couple of OMP seats and Crow 6-point harnesses were fitted as smartly.

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Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-32

On the middle of the KE74 is Toyota’s venerable 16-valve 4A-GE. Save for Toda 288-degree camshafts, the engine’s internals are rather usual, however near to the whole thing else has been touched. A collection of Mikuni HSR42 bike carburettors and a Ok-Works headers make for a harmonious auditory enjoy, each outside and inside the automobile.

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Because it sits, the 4A-GE is placing down round 130PS, which does properly within the sub-tonne Corolla. Appearing because the proverbial ‘cherry on most sensible’ to this completely balanced setup, an AE86 T50 5-speed gearbox, ORC seize and Nismo LSD assist get energy to the bottom – or a minimum of stay the rear wheels spinning.

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Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-68

It was once an actual excitement to spend the day taking pictures with Takuya-san – it indisputably added to my want of short of to construct a Corolla in Japan sooner or later. Till then, be expecting a couple of extra from me featured right here.

Alec Pender
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