How do I make my 2002 Toyota Celica faster, better, stronger?

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Old 07 Jul 2010, 04:45 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do I make my 2002 Toyota Celica faster, better, stronger?

i am going to become a rally car driver and i have a stock 02 celica. i want to make it fast, just to show everyone it is a real sports car. all you see really in todays rally is lancer, wrx sti, and few others. i want to bring one of the most popular sports cars back to life. what engine can i fit in it. it little 140 hp front wheel drive sucks. i am aware i will need to replace EVERYTHING on the car besides the body. I am willing to. but the engine and transmission is what i need to start with. any body with experience and knowledge who can help me?















to comment on the answer i just got, for further reference. you obviously dont know want rally car racing is, 1 you dont want muscle 2 you dont want a v8. you obviously dont know what your talking about by even mentioning a mustang, camaro, or challenger. and i didnt just by the celica, had it since 02, so im not hurting the economy by not going out and spending money on a car that is not needed for my profession. and to add more, i already own a 2010 camaro ss, sooooooo..... there ya go. so anyone who actually knows what there talking about not someone who just feels like reminding the rest of us our economy and government sucks?















to comment on the answer i just got, for further reference. you obviously dont know want rally car racing is, 1 you dont want muscle 2 you dont want a v8. you obviously dont know what your talking about by even mentioning a mustang, camaro, or challenger. and i didnt just by the celica, had it since 02, so im not hurting the economy by not going out and spending money on a car that is not needed for my profession. and to add more, i already own a 2010 camaro ss, sooooooo..... there ya go. so anyone who actually knows what there talking about not someone who just feels like reminding the rest of us our economy and government sucks?
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Old 07 Jul 2010, 04:49 pm   #2 (permalink)
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My understanding of Rally Racing is AWD cars are what you want. I would start with the suspension and go from there. It is also not about the faster car it is more about the driver and being able to maintain control of the car and being able to handle rough roads. Your suspension and handling are your primary concerns to start with. After that I would go with an free flowing exhaust and intake. For performance upgrades I would replace the whole bottom end and add a turbo.
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I don't know where you are in the world and this may not be the answer you're looking for but I would suggest looking into a Celica GT-4 if you're not in the states.































Assuming you are... look to swap your engine with the GT-4 engine (st205 preferably). Do a little research on that engine and if you really wanna get crazy look to convert your celi to AWD on top of that.































It'd be pretty sweet essentially having a GT-4 but have it be the newer body style.































Depending on what generation st205 engine you're looking to get you're talking anywhere from 200-260 hp stock on a 2.0L single turbo.































You may also want to look into the "red top" beams engine since you're looking to rally race. Same engine, non turbo, 200 hp.































From there.... internals... cam gears... cams... go nuts lol.
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I dont think you just "become a rally driver". I think it requires hours and days of hard work and experience! and i think Michelle above is right. to be competitive you need 4wd and probably a turbo version. there was a version of the Celica that was 4wd and also turbo - i think. not sure they were street legal in the US. they were used at track schools and in the Long Beach grand prix for the celebrity race. maybe you can find one of them? other wise for the car you have you need the 2ZZ-GE engine which has variable valve timing and variable lift cams. it revs to as high as 8400 and makes about 200 hp. thats as good as it gets. also check w/ Toyota Racing Development (TRD) for all kinds of Celica parts.
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