Over-Engineered Simplicity: A KE74 Corolla Drift Wagon

In the case of drift automobiles, there’s nothing a lot easier than an outdated rear-wheel drive Toyota Corolla powered by a 4A-GE.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

When you’ve caught any of my earlier tales, you’ll most likely know that I’m comparatively simple to persuade with regards to taking pictures 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 conversant in the Low Mind Drift Group, they’re a small crew with an enthusiasm for automobiles, meals and basic tomfoolery. Additionally they placed on an important annual occasion at Sportsland Yamanashi.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-49

The place am I going with this? Properly, 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 automobile 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 most likely confuse a number of of you, because it’s a variation of the Corolla not many people are conversant in. When you stare lengthy sufficient although, you begin to see elements shared with the extra widespread sedan variant.

Speedhunters - Alec Pender - KE74 Wagon-45

From the skin, there’s rather a lot to have a look at on this drift-spec wagon. From the RS Watanabe wheels to the Moze over-fenders, there’s not a complete lot you possibly can critique. Persevering with the Corolla theme, elements from different variants appear to combine seamlessly, specifically the AE86 Levin entrance lip and Goodline carbon underneath 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 Unique’ pushrod system. The kind of setup that may look proper dwelling in an open-wheel race automobile. Nuts, proper?

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

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

Previous 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 nicely.

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 normal, however nearly every part 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 outdoors the automobile.

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. Appearing 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 no less than preserve 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 taking pictures with Takuya-san – it undoubtedly added to my need of wanting to construct a Corolla in Japan someday. Till then, count on a number of extra from me featured right here.

Alec Pender
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