Here in SA there are a few unwritten rules when it comes to challenging cars on the open road. It doesn’t really matter what you drive, you can have a healthy GT-R but you still don’t challenge a box-shape Corolla, a MK1 Golf or a Nissan Champ that’s willing to race because there’s a reason they’re keen. That reason is usually that there’s something silly shoehorned into the engine bay that runs on ethanol and is happy at 3 bar boost, and the owner is always keen to show why that ‘built not bought” phrase holds water. Sleeper agents everywhere. That brings us to what you see here, a run-of-the-mill Toyota Conquest that by all accounts seems only sit a little lower than stock and wears some suitable aftermarket wheels. If you didn’t hear the exhaust note you wouldn’t think twice about a little robot-to-robot battle. Actually, even then you may because even an old-school 12-valve 1300cc Toyota lump with the right exhaust can give off a sound that makes you think there’s more going on under the bonnet. With the Conquest you see here, a rev-up will make you look, the popping when the boost rises will make you look again, and the way the car launches after that will have you regret ordering a full order of Gappelbys. If you’re on the highway and you see the car approach from the rear, you should notice the massive front-mount intercooler and that should tell you that mashing the loud pedal to pull a gap may just be a kak idea.
Take a look at the YouTube video filmed on the back streets of Johannesburg showing off a rather unassuming car, a typical Toyota Conquest commuter car with a few visual changes to make it a little more attractive, along with a monster of an engine and drivetrain build. Lurking under the skin is a 300 kW Toyota 3SGTE lump sourced from a Celica, and it has been afforded the luxury of delivering that power to all four wheels to make it one helluva sleeper: Celica Swap turns Commuter Conquest into 300kW, 4wd Speed Sleeper | Cars.co.za
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