ArchiveDecember 2007

MR2 Spyder Weight Chart (Weight Reduction)

Go straight to the weight chart Perhaps the two greatest strengths of the Toyota MR2 Spyder is its exceptional balance and light weight. Very few cars offer the shear joy that the Spyder does. In fact, owners often call this feeling permagrim and rightfully so. It is hard to exit one of these cars without a huge grin on your face. When tuning the MR2, it is very important to not only pay...

Part 1: Introducing the Daily Driven, Grip Racing MR2 Spyder.

Introducing project MR2 Spyder (MR-S), my daily driver. I might as well come clean up front, I wouldn’t want you guys to think I am going soft, or crazy for that matter as the MR2 is not the best choice for a drift platform. It really is simple though, my passion for motorsports extends beyond the world of drifting. Not only do I love drifting, I enjoy auto-x, road racing, rally, time...

Custom Cold Air Intake (CAI) for the CA18DET

This tutorial covers the steps necessary to replace the factory flexible intake with a solid, metal pipe unit that will always draw ambient air from outside of the engine bay. This will ensure that the turbo is supplied with the coolest air possible and will provide a little less thermal load on the motor and its supporting systems. Additionally, running a custom hard pipe instead of the flexible...

Swapping the KA24DE Throttle Body onto the CA18DET Intake Manifold (The Quick and Dirty Way)

Installing the larger KA24DE throttle body onto the CA18DET intake manifold is one of the rare free mods that has no drawbacks. Although a gain in horsepower is usually not evident when swapping a larger throttle body onto a pressurized (turbo charged) intake manifold, increasing the size of the throttle body will improve the motor’s on/off throttle response as well as boost response. The...

Part 7: The Quest for Efficiency

If I were to ask you what your vices are, what would you say? Now what about your automotive vices? What preoccupies your mind when you are working on a project? What grabs a hold of you and makes you a slave to the build? I myself have a few and one such vice is efficiency. More specifically, I’m talking efficiency of design, efficiency of cost and efficiency of power. This latest...

Driftopia.com, News Archive November 2007

Become a friend of driftopia. Find out how here November 25, 2007 A new quick link has been added to centralize the data pertaining to the water injection install on the CA18DET. CA18DET Water/Methanol Injection Links. As progress continues, I will add more links to this page including a full water injection install and a how water injection works guide. In the meantime, check out the first link...

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community over 10 years ago and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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