NZ Performance Car - - Event Sema -

Trevor Cot­ting­ham is a man who likes to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently — case in point, his Toy­ota Ca­rina TA63 pow­ered by a 3T-GTE en­gine. There are big plans in the works to get some se­ri­ous grunt out of it. A few sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive up­grades so far have seen the dizzy re­moved, and re­placed with a crank-an­gle sen­sor and four Com­modore coil packs to ac­com­mo­date the fac­tory twin-spark set-up which is, let’s be hon­est, a very cool fea­ture. The cho­sen turbo at this stage is a T28 with a T3 flange, which sits on a top-mount man­i­fold.

Hitech Mo­tor­sport is in­stalling a Link G4 Storm ECU, which when tuned with 14psi of boost should hope­fully churn out around 200kW at the rear wheels. Trevor plans to forge the spare 3T-GTE en­gine he has, along with in­stalling a few other up­grades to reach that magic 300kW num­ber.

The Ca­rina is sit­ting low, with the cross mem­ber a mere 40mm off the ground, and it’s all legal. It will re­ceive a quick panel and paint be­fore Christ­mas, but Trevor plans to take on a bare-metal re­spray next year.

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