BMW-Powered Toyota Celica: One Man’s Passion

Customized Celica: A Decade of Daily Drives
BMW M50 Powered Celica

Project automobiles are a labor of adoration. Daniel Railean’s intensively changed second-era Toyota Celica in this video is an impeccable case of this, showing how long stretches of diligent work can make a more grounded bond between the individual and machine.

Raielan had developed an affinity for Celicas after his brother owned one. His sibling was to receive the automobile as a hand-me-down, yet before that could transpire, it sadly broke down. Many years later, the same Toyota unexpectedly surfaced on eBay and Raielan offered his entire savings of 750 pounds ($918 in modern day exchange) just so he could own it.

Unfortunately, the vehicle was in an awful state of disrepair, and Railean has spent a long time gradually reconstructing it to become a drift racer utilising BMW power. The engine derived from an old 323i developed during the E46 era, while for the back end a 2011 3 Series was used. Nevertheless, it wasn’t solely outfitted with components procured from BMW as the steering column came from a Renault Clio.

Railean doesn’t say much about the BMW powerplant’s might, but in the factory settings, it gives out 168 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. While these figures are quite restrained and not of the same proportions as modern standards, the initial Toyota four-cylinder only boasts a shade over 100 horses. Moreover, with the current engine system featuring a valved exhaust it provides a crisper, gritty noise from the car.

Constructing the body was another adventure. For example, Railean tried to construct an auto-shop in his shed. A close friend was extremely displeased with his tactics, and ultimately took over the assignment. Afterward, Railean chose to cover several components in carbon-kevlar.

The external design carries an amalgam of influences. The lofty rear spoiler is the product of Railean’s adoration for the adventurous Porsches from Rauh-Welt Begriff. Meanwhile, the bottom glow emanates from Railean’s liking towards the vivid aesthetic of the original The Fast and the Furious movie.

Raielan frequently takes his iconic Celica out for a spin, making use of it for drifting. It attracts a lot of attention when driving, and passersby are keen to come and ask about its construction. After having gone through the arduous endeavour of assembling it, Raielan grasps every opportunity to receive acknowledgement for all of his hard work.

Source: Bad Obsession Motorsport via YouTube

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