1996 Toyota Celica GT-4 – Under-Over – 156 Performance Car

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1996 Toyota Celica – Under-Over – 156

November 10th, by NZPC

Clint Beaumont’s ST205 Celica GT-4 is the underrated over-achiever.

Until the 1980s, European marques as Peugeot and Audi dominated the Rally Championship. That all with the introduction of Toyota’s GT-4 the car that secured not the Japanese company’s very WRC victory, but also 30 round three drivers’ titles Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Auriol) and two manufacturers’ titles the next decade.

As with all WRC A cars of the time, to achieve the GT-4 needed to be based on a car that was available to the public. gave birth to the GT-4 car (and, of course, is the very we are able to drive Subaru WRX STIs and Mitsubishi Lancer

Over the next 10 years, the evolved through three the ST165, ST185 and last and by far the the ST205. With all this high-tech weaponry and championship under its belt, why has the GT-4 been an overly popular in New Zealand? Frankly, we have no

Clint Beaumont, the owner of particularly vicious 1996 Celica GT-4, doesn’t either, though he has one or two ideas. not entirely sure,” he says. think the Evos and WRXs came flooding into the at around the same time as the really slowed things a bit. There is a lot less aftermarket gear for the car, and all of that, a lot of people would a four-door sedan as opposed to a coupe.”

The lack of rear or aftermarket parts didn’t Clint. “That suited me he says. “It meant I build my car from scratch, as I wanted it.”

He had plenty of scope for the build, since the GT-4 was standard the TRD spoiler and some 17-inch Like most other car owners, Clint started modifying bits here and Inevitably, things got out of control, to a head when the factory-spec turbocharged 3S-GTE motor up the ghost. Growing up around the scene and working as a Toyota NZ Clint was able to see his misfortune as a opportunity to get serious under the

The Celica was to remain Clint’s vehicle, so it had to be very driveable and it be off the road for too long. The four-cylinder was quickly cracked open and using top-of-the-line forged from Eagle, Wiseco and while a fourth generation from a Caldina GT-T, with custom cams CSL, was modified and bolted on

A mid-sized Garrett GT30R feeds the new motor, providing a balance between power and with full boost at around 3500rpm.

Looking at the engine bay, it is clear Clint is a perfectionist. Custom cans abound, each hours to complete, while lines snake everywhere not a wire to be seen.

With from a high-flowing fuel and an ignition/ECU setup from the 3S-GTE now makes a very and very driveable 250kW at all wheels. “It’s a bit of an animal, but not in an way,” Clint says. definitely goes sideways if and will light up all four pretty nicely when Out on the circuit it goes pretty and I’ve built the car so that it reliably, so it’s a lot of fun.”

of the engine bay, Clint has things very simple, calling on his employer, Toyota NZ, for Toyota Racing Developments logos can be seen right the car, from the brakes to the and even the custom-embroided Racetech Although looks definitely are not a for Clint, he admits there are a few that could do with improvements. “I think the TRD wing helps a lot, but definitely looking at getting new wheels and a C-One front he says.

A quick look online shows that Celica are most certainly underrated, going for absolute bargain bin Although the ST205 might not be the car that comes to mind you think ‘road-going rally perhaps Clint Beaumont’s daily-driven Toyota could be the car that changes your way of

1996 Toyota Celica – Specifications

Engine: Toyota 2.0-litre DOHC 16V, rods, Wiseco forged fully balanced, ARP main ARP rod bolts, Caldina Gen4 head match ported, cut valve seats, HKS adjustable cam reset valve springs, CSL cams, KN air filter, HPC-coated GT-T Gen4 intake Gizzmo thermo gasket, 2.5-inch stainless intercooler Garrett GT30R turbo, HPC-coated steampipe exhaust GReddy Type RS blow-off 700x300x80 intercooler, Tial external wastegate, 3-inch system, Walbro 500hp pump, Turbosmart fuel regulator, line-bored fuel flowed GT-T injectors, lines, Allstar fuel Haltech LS1 coils, TRD leads, TRD HKS remote mount oil filter, HKS oil cooler, 13-row transmission oil 9-row power steering oil de-loomed, stainless catch TRD engine mounts, Samco hoses, braided lines, dry Optima Battery, Haltech E8 management system

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Driveline: Factory GT-4 gearbox, TRD heavy-duty clutch, GT-4 diffs

Suspension/Brakes: TRD coil-over shocks/springs, factory strut bars, TRD brake TRD pads, TRD racing brake

Wheels/Tyres: 17-inch Volt 225/45R17 Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres, 225/45R16 Dunlop R semi-slick track tyres

TRD rear spoiler, SS-III headlights, clear side hand-cast front clear

Interior: Customised Racetech seats, Momo Corse wheel, TRD gear knob, TRD shift kit, custom 280kph Sparco dials, Meter Phantom gauges, JVC unit

Performance: Dyno 250kW @ wheels

Clint – Driver Profile

Location: North

Occupation: Vehicle @ Toyota NZ

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