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While hav­ing a car which de­liv­ers north of 300kW on tap isn’t the un­heard of bench­mark that it once was, when you’re crank­ing out 400kW from a 1600cc mo­tor in a light­weight shell, well that’s pretty damn im­pres­sive. Paul Edlin tells us that the goal was al­ways to build a fast street car which could lay down some quick quar­ter-mile times, and in­stead of tak­ing his Hachi­roku drift­ing like so many oth­ers would, he de­cided this 86 would re­ceive the drag-car treat­ment.

It’s pow­ered by a turbo 4A-GE that makes use of an AE101 4A-GZE block fit­ted with MRP forged rods and fac­tory Toy­ota forged pis­tons, while the head has been re­built to For­mula At­lantic spec­i­fi­ca­tions us­ing Su­pertech 2mm over­sized At­lantic valves, dou­ble valve springs, ti­ta­nium re­tain­ers, bronze guides, a solid bucket con­ver­sion, all ported and pol­ished, and fit­ted with a set of cus­tom Kelford camshafts.

Boost is de­liv­ered through the MRP in­take man­i­fold cour­tesy of a Holset HX35/2 — all 37.57psi of it — which sits atop a Bams twin-scroll man­i­fold with twin 44mm TiAL waste­gates. The en­gine pack­age is backed by a W55 box and Hilux LSD. Tuned by Ross Hon­nor at Top Tune NZ, the Hachi made 407kW.

To help de­liver that power to the ground, the rear has been mini tubbed, and a Mike Shaw fi­bre­glass 40mm wide­body kit was fit­ted to pump the guards out to ac­com­mo­date those Hoosier drag slicks wrapped around a set of 15x6.5inch and 15x7-inch Work wheels.

Paul hopes to run the car into the mid-nines af­ter a bit of seat time and di­alling in.

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