In some strange, parallel world, somewhere in this universe, where men are women, black is white, and your permanently ascended testicles are considered a regular condition, this charming '85 Toyota Corolla would actually be accepted as normal. Because in our world, an unusual car like this would be subjected to a major witch hunt, similar to what Michael Jackson is going through-without, of course, all the random kiddie sex.
For one, the Corolla's factory-issued 4AG engine doesn't exist anywhere under the hood. Rather, a large 1G-GTE engine from a JDM '88 Toyota Supra replaced it, a feat that took five years to perfect. Second, the car is a converted GT-S, the version of the USDM AE86 popularly known for its limited-slip differential. Last, if you look closely, this car is actually a Lamborghini Murcielago with a Corolla front end. And if you just fell for that and actually looked closely at the pictures, you deserve to have permanently ascended balls.
Actually, it wouldn't be a surprise if a Lamborghini is really under the brilliant '00 Toyota Celica red paint because unlike the majority of Corollas out there, this one is in fact rare-and not because the owner simply said so. The engine transplant by itself makes it a one of a kind. And the fact that owner Josh Wiseman hails from the boondocks of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is an added bonus because let's face it, who the hell knows what happens inside Tuscaloosa, Alabama?
We met Josh during the West Leg portion of the Tour 2004, where we picked him up in Birmingham, Alabama, to join our journey to Atlanta. Without the Tour, we would have never came across his Corolla because, again, who the hell knows what happens inside Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and more importantly, who would care? Thankfully, Josh joined the entourage and brought his Corolla, which stood out prominently not only because of its straight and clean body, but also the evident indication of a turbocharger via loud pssssshhhht sounds. And as soon as we peeked under the hood, we knew this car was special-and not in the small helmet kind of way.
Sitting perfectly inside the engine bay is the 1G-GTE, usually a six-cylinder monster with a stock pony power of 207 and a twin turbo setup. But as you will later read, even that changed. According to Josh, he dropped the Supra engine inside because he "was tired of fooling with a set of carburetors and, mainly, it was too slow." So he acquired the J-spec six-cylinder engine from his friends at Jarco in Atlanta and dropped it in the mouth of the hatchback. The first engine mod was to do away with both turbos and change the setup to a single turbo configuration. With help from his brother Jamie, Josh took a T3/T4 turbocharger from a Buick Grand National and slapped it to the once twin-turbo'd 1G-GTE. Though this allows more air to go through the single turbo, the problem of lag comes into the picture. But obviously this didn't concern Josh because, for one, he lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home to the Tuscaloosa High Bat Guanos, this year's log-rolling state champions. OK, maybe that wasn't an actual fact, but who the hell would know, right?
There were other problems he had to deal with in the process of adding on to the stock 207 hp and making the unorthodox engine design work, like configuring the complex 1G-GTE wire diagram, lengthening the ECU's main harness, and finding a radiator to stuff inside the tight-fitting engine bay. All of these difficult problems were fixed, resulting in a 237 hp @ 6,500 rpm dyno run, using all of 11 psi.
The main problem, however, was realizing the weakness of the stock GT-S rearend in accommodating the bump in hoof power, especially when, as of this writing, Josh and his Venture Racing team raised the boost to 16 psi. As a result, the team gave the Corolla another sex transplant and used a 7.5-inch rearend from a Toyota van modified with a limited-slip differential and a set of 4.11 gears. After he completed all of the above, everything else was more or less simple, including the sexy paint job, Tanabe springed/KYB shocked custom coilovers, 14-inch Konig Rewind wheels, and the color-coordinated interior.
In the end, he accomplished what only a couple of people in this world have done: Place a six-cylinder Supra engine in a small Toyota Corolla and actually make it work, resulting in one of the most original Corollas to ever become an avatar at Club4AG.com. He also did this despite his surroundings, where the only thing Japanese in the entire state is the Benihana next to Tuscaloosa High.
The Craziest AE86 Ever
Among the crazy engines that have been swapped inside the beloved AE86, this Nissan SR20DET-powered Levin from D1 a few years back takes the proverbial cake. We would tell you more information about the car, but because we're Super Street and we're as untalented as the cast of American Idol, we'll just show you the pictures and let you figure it out for yourself.
Owner: Josh Wiseman
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Ride: '85 Toyota Corolla
Daily Grind: Co-owner of Venture Racing
Under The Hood: 1G-GTE engine from an '88 Toyota Supra; T3/T4 turbo from a Buick Grand National; 63AR turbine housing with 57 trim compressor wheel with 60AR compressor housing; GReddy blow-off valve; Johnnyracecar.com custom intercooler; custom single turbo from twin-turbo setup; Venture Racing custom-built piping, air intake, 2.5-inch mandrel bent stainless steel silencer exhaust, turbo header, and oil pan; Turbonetics boost controller; port and polished head; 7M-GTE 440cc fuel injectors and fuel pump; Denso Iridium spark plugs; MSD Super Conductor; Volvo 740 Turbo radiator; powder-coated valve covers; polished turbo housing; ceramic-coated exhaust header; A'PEXi turbo timer; Super AFC2; GA70 Supra transmission; Precision Gear Power Brute LSD
Stiff Stuff: Tanabe PRO210 springs with custom KYB strut inserts (f); Tanabe PRO210 with modified '01 Honda Civic struts (r); Tanabe front and rear stabilizer bars; Sustec Pro strut brace; Cusco bushings; TechnoPro front roll center adjusters and adjustable rear lateral bar
Rollers: 14-inch Konig Rewind wheels; Dunlop SP Sport 8000 195/50ZR14 tires
Stoppers: Custom-fitted Honda H22 Prelude front rotors and calipers; Endless brake pads (front); TRD brake pads (rear); custom-built stainless steel brake lines
Outside: J-Blood Type 2 rear wing; H4 headlight conversion from AE92 JDM Corolla; molded-in rear wing; '00 Toyota Celica Red 3PO
Inside: Corbeau A4 seats; black and red upholstery; Auto Meter tachometer, air/fuel ratio gauge, and VDO boost; MOMO Fighter steering wheel; Razo Competition shift knob; Venture Racing custom pedals; Sparco three-point harnesses
Ice: Venture Racing custom-built fiberglass speaker box; Pioneer head unit, CD player, and amplifiers; JVC front speakers; Sony Xplod subwoofers; Lightning Audio wiring and capacitor
Props: My brother Jamie Wiseman, owner of Venture Racing (www.teamventureracing.com); James, Bill, and Michael at Jarco Inc. (www.jarcoinc.com); my father Wilbert Wiseman and Spec Clutch owner Pete Webster (www.specclutch.com); Michael McFall at Tanabe (www.tanabe-usa.com); Grant Blundell at Sixworks in Australia; Amber at a.w. Designs; Jeremy and everybody at Next Level Performance; Mike Morrison at Tuscaloosa Toyota; www.toymods.org; www.club4ag.com; and all the members of Team Venture Racing