im thinking up a long term project for myself as i feel like im coming to the point with my celica where i dont want to go any further with it. As in im happy where its at. Its an awesome daily, an absolute blast in the corners, but i feel unless you lash out and spend big bucks on turbo kits then you cant reach that next level. Plus im not the biggest fan of FWD + Turbo, id perfer a FWD + NA setup.
I absolutely love Toyotas, the quality of there products and wanted to stay with a Toyota plus having a 2ZZ-GE its such a great little engine, gets really impressive fuel economy vs its power output. However a RWD platform for the 2ZZ would be something great. However there is really nothing available unless you go all out. So doing some inital research seem the W30 MR-2 is absolutely perfect for the 2Z treatment. For those that dont know the W30 comes with a 1ZZ-FE and this semi auto style gearbox.
My plan would be to totally do away with the 1ZZ and the auto and get a 2ZZ and a 6spd (most likely from a Celica, however a Sportivo could work). Looking at the specs the W30 weighs around 910kg. In terms of engine mods, replace all the consumable bits while its out, new clutch kit, lighten flywheel, get some PPE headers that fit the MR2 body, maybe a DDIM + PFC (Depends on money situation). Definately try get some Rays, Volks, Work wheels, possibly a nice big brake kit all around. Coilovers, sway bars, make the thing a beast in the corners. Something similar to an elise/exige but obviously at a fraction of the cost.
Things im interested in from anyone thats done it or has any knowledge, whats the process for getting engineers and approved. As i understand you can go up 15-20% power in the motor without much hassle. I want this to become more of a side project i can work on, rather than be dependant as my daily drivers.
Edited by Thirteen13, 23 January 2013 - 07:57 AM.