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http://www.autocarmagazine.com/News_Article.asp?NA_ID=206514&EL_ID=3052807&ST=fromcurrentresults

Toyota is planning to cash in on its F1 programme with an AMG style tuning operation that is creating a range of performance enhancing engine kits for the Corolla, Yaris and MR2.

To be offered through official Toyota dealers, the kits have been developed by Toyota Motorsport in Germany and will come with a full factory warranty and service back-up in the UK.

‘The engine kits are the first stage of a plan that will eventually see us offering completely built-up cars,’ said Toyota Motorsport general manager, Egon Pixken.

Among the kits going on sale before the end of the year is a supercharger for the 1.8-litre Corolla. Running a Roots-style blower from Japanese firm Ogura, it bumps power from 192bhp to a Honda Integra Type-R-beating 228bhp at 7800rpm. Torque increases from 133lb ft to 184lb ft at 3900rpm.

‘The increase in torque at lower revs makes it a much more relaxed car to drive quickly,’ says Toyota Motorsport development engineer Gerald Bonengel. ‘The standard engine’s torque doesn’t arrive until 6800rpm so you have to work it fairly hard.’

The increase in output has improved the Corolla’s 0-62mph time from 8.4sec to 6.9sec, despite the retention of the standard car’s six-speed manual gearbox. Top speed rises from 140mph to 149.

Also planned is a kit for the MR2’s 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine. Using a Garrett turbocharger and intercooler, it lifts power from a standard 140bhp to 195bhp.

Toyota is also considering the UK launch of a turbocharger kit for the 1.5-litre four-cylinder Yaris, boosting power from 106bhp to 150bhp at 6000rpm.

Toyota Motorsport hasn’t finalised pricing of the engine kits, which will be offered alongside suspension upgrades and body kits, but expect them to start at about £3000 when they go on sale in the UK this year.
 

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I could only find one water-to-air charge cooler that would fit in a Lotus Elise.

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I found that same article in CAR, Top Gear or EVO magazine last year. I think it was November or December. Not heard of Toyota following through since i first saw the article. It was posted on one of the old SC threads

well, there is evidence of a Toyota supercharger for the Japanese Corolla which is 1.8L w/192 hp (same as Celica, hence Elise). This supercharger bumps the power to 228 hp/184 ft-lb. So it could be this product fitted in the Elise. There's reference to it on this forum and the magazine it's featured in is Autocar.

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1890&perpage=20&pagenumber=1

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2154&perpage=20&pagenumber=3
 

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The model receiving the supercharger is the Toyota Corolla T Sport.

The Corolla T Sport has the same 2ZZ-GE engine as the 2005 Toyota Corolla XRS.
 

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aletes said:
The model receiving the supercharger is the Toyota Corolla T Sport.

The Corolla T Sport has the same 2ZZ-GE engine as the 2005 Toyota Corolla XRS.
true. Do you know when the supercharger available for the T Sport?
 

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BTW ... The article was published in Autocar Magazine February of 2004.

Here is the website for Toyota Motorsport / Team Toyota Europe ... http://www.tte.de/
 

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Toyota and lotus are preparing an 250hp version of the 1.8 vvtl-i to the lotus exige
and i read that the Corolla kit should be released by the end of summer.
 

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The Ogura Clutch Supercharger would definitely fit in an Exige, as would a Pace Charge Cooler. It would be quite a squeeze in the Elise though.
 

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i think the problem with the fitting the SC is that the engine is positioned 180 degrees out of phase (so to speak). The headers are right next to the engine wall which obviously has limited space.
 

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still seems like a tough fit. I wonder if Lotus was thinking about SC and turbos when they fit the engine in that manner. Why did Lotus install the engine 180 degrees around?
 

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Yep. I heard through the grapevine that this changed (killed) some engine plans and that might affect future Elise plans too.
 

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Don't get too excited. That press release was from before they killed the mr2 & celica.
i think that article was meant for united states. I doubt that Toyota is completely killing those cars. Besides the SC kit is for the corolla 2zz anyway. Mazda rx7 and 300zx were still being sold even though not in America after '95.
 
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