The Corolla Wizards: Motorfix | Speedhunters

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The Corolla Wizards: Motorfix

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To say this has been a time coming would be a understatement. Ever since Sakai-san up in Ebisu Circuit two back during the Drift I have always wanted to by the motorFIX workshop and immerse in some Corolla awesomeness. The that the shop is pretty on the other side of the country has made it difficult, but after my down to Central Circuit for the Kansai event, I knew it be the perfect time for a little

The guys at motorFIX are among the and most welcoming people I ever had the pleasure of coming through all my travels in Japan. the phone Sakai-san told me he gather up a few of his customers so that would be a few other nice for me to shoot during my visit, but I was presented with upon my was totally unexpected. Turns of his customers know and often out Speedhunters, which was really to hear, and all showed up in their Corollas which couldn’t have been any more This was going to be a good

This is the little line up I was treated too, a couple of

…one of which belongs to wife, a very clean and kept daily driver!

The car a stock 4AG under the hood, the visible mods being an air filter and upgraded ignition

The other wagon next to it, the roof racks, was packing a few horses thanks to a little courtesy of a rather vintage turbo kit.

…or maybe only for drift events by respective owners.

Back at the were those rather looking TE71 sedans…

one thing I quickly learned is at motorFIX you never make or underestimate cars, especially first checking under the One sported a very fresh 20V 4AG while the other a supercharger

Before heading into the itself…

…which is a little to miss thanks to that orange shutter, I continued to around outside as I spotted a of other interesting cars in front…

…of Sakai-san’s house is right next to the shop. this KA67 Carina is the next project motorFIX be working on. Of course the car will be for drift and will be powered by…

naturally aspirated 2JZ.

You can this Carina to get slammed to the and sport some nice rims once Sakai-san time to work on it. Before he has to complete…

…his old KE70 which he years back in Ebisu This used to be a sedan at one before it got chopped up and a wagon and rear end welded in place. The car is all well again after the and is now sporting some a pretty roll cage just in Sakai-san happens to roll it Power still coms for a 20V

What would a workshop be a dedicated “workshop dog!” big guy took some time to to the gaijin invasion but he soon down.

It looks like son is already rocking some wheels! With toys this to play with is no doubt he will grow up to quite the car guy, or at least is what his father is no doubt

There was also a toy for the slightly adult boys…

…as one of the mechanics is us here. With motorFIX on a slight hill the incline of the is just right to practice drifting skills…

…during I always find it refreshing to see how out shops in the countryside are to those in cities. Totally different and relaxed atmosphere. If you try to slide one of tricycles in Tokyo the Police show up in a split second and you a fine!

Sakai-san’s work on Corollas has him one of the most recognized names in the tuning scene and this is all the magic happens. There is a lot of restorations and of course engine that happens here, all in an to throw some charisma these custom-built drift

Take this TE71 that Sakai-san is working on at the This is a well used car, now in for a little powertrain

…one that will not make the car a lot of fun to drift but…

…at the time give it a very character. Sakai-san likes to to Toyota engines, and he is quite as there are so many amazing to choose from.

The Beams 3S-GE is a relatively easy way to get 200 horses, and with a few upgrades and there can give a little When completed this is going to be a lot of fun I’m sure.

There is of stuff to look, aside the cars of course. When I do sorts of shop visits I ask if it’s ok for me to just wander take things in, look at the of parts that are laying

I’ve been seeing a lot people using steel Racing Wheels in Japan they offer a nice look and are a great match for any or semi-oldschool ride. I’ve seen these fitted to an S13 once and it looked sensational.

continuous engine transplants at motorFIX it’s not surprising to see the odd harness lying around…

of course when building cars that require a lot of work it’s always a idea to keep a good of various bits and pieces. is a small part of the vast collection that Sakai-san has

…along with links…

and anything else you could of…

Toyota Corolla Wagon

…even the odd body part!

were quite a few engines around, a sort of preview at the swaps that Sakai-san is about. Would be interesting to see he plans to drop this

Check out just how many shafts were stacked one rack! Superb stuff! like the shop doubles up as a for all the bits and pieces that be needed in future builds.

I across a few oldschool rims this pair of Hayashi Takechi Projects…

…and mesh SSRs. the perfect wheels for your isn’t enough of course…

are many other things to like optimal tire-size to get the right stretched look and of nailing the offset. The latter may ample use of spacers or in some hub extenders, things that will no doubt be able to out with!


I wonder onto engine these velocity will be fitted? These just prototypes they working on, toying around some various designs and

motorFIX of course, over the year, have become known for dropping the 1UZ-FE 4L V8 out of of Toyota and Lexus sedans…

Corollas. This one was siting on the along with a custom-mounted manual box.

The engine be fitted with a set of custom exhaust manifolds and dropped an upcoming project car…

will sort of resemble the main demo car. I go into much detail on car right now as I’ve got a feature so you will just have to back soon and read that to find out more on this very special car.

Back outside was kind enough to turn the around…

…and reverse it into his spot so I could get some shots.

I’ve always this car made a statement, of flicking the bird at all those built and clean drift that do more sitting than actual drifting. car proves that all you need is a of humor and a pinch of imagination to a fun drift car.

After all is all about having fun with mates out on tracks like YZ, local playground.

Big thanks go out to and his wife for opening their to Speedhunters and allowing me to bring a of their passion and love for all Corolla and Toyota related.

up is a feature of Sakai’s 1UZ-powered so I’m not done with motorFIX yet!

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