Fensport Celica GT4X

Fensport Celica GT4 X, 818bhp and 4 Wheel Drive with 2.0L Turbo 3S-GTE Engine conversion

One of the highlights of our Celica GT4X was competing at Goodwood festival of Speed and 4th Overall on the infamous hillclimb :)

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Recent Results

  • 2012 Toyota Sprint Series Round 1 - 1st Overall
  • 2011 Championship winning car Toyota Sprint Series
  • 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed 4th Overall
  • 2011 Ten of The Best 2nd Overall


09/11/11 Rolling Road Report

Finally we decided to run the GT4X on the rolling road, its been 5 years since the last run and we were intrigued to find out just how much power the car had. The car is very difficult to dyno test and we encountered wheelspin throughout the runs, despite this we recorded 743.9 bhp without nitrous and 548.7 lb/ft torque. The Nitrous adds 75bhp so making 818.9bhp is a fairly conservative estimate :)

Having created the UK`s fastest Front & 4wd wheel drive Corolla`s, we decided it was time for a change in direction and try something new, but we still wanted to retain that "shock factor" that our corolla is so famous for, so we decided to build a celica - the new celica, the generation 7.

We wanted to create the best all round track / drag celica the UK has ever seen so we started with the generation 7 TRD M Sport. This limited edition special model is factory strengthened for motorsport use, making it an ideal base, it is also much lighter than the previous celica gt4 models .

We started the theory side of the project back in august 05 and started measuring and working out what parts may fit or be required. Then in October 2005 the real work started with delivery of the car and the very first job was the 4wd conversion and the 3sgte engine installation, this was acomplished using a variety of standard toyota parts from the celica, the 4wd corolla and the GT4.

The car has been built with all round performance in mind, it will compete in a wide range of events including Ten of the Best, Time Attack and Drag Racing Events.


Power 743.9bhp without nos, 818bhp with nos

Torque 548.7 ft/lbs no nos

Weight - approx 1120kgs

Fun Facts - Official Figures

Top Speed 202.22mph 

Fastest Quarter Mile 9.74 @ 149 mph

zero to 191.7mph in 1 km (or zero to 308.5 km/hr in 1km from a standing start)

The car has been extensively modified throughout, please take a look at the pictures below for an insight into how such a project has been acheived and also see below tech spec for a brief rundown on the modifications so far!

November 2005 4wd & 3sgte conversion

January 2006 Plumbing / Inlet manifold / engine bay build / Fuel system

Nearly there, final build and testing march to April 2006

CELICA GT4 X 2012 Tech spec


The floorpan of the car has been slightly altered to accept propshaft centre mount and an exhaust tunnel, the rear spare wheel well has been removed, and the fuel system installed where the back seat once was. No chassis rails have been cut, however 2 towers welded in to locate 4wd corolla rear subframe, which is modified to accept the GT4 rear differential. The rear hubs are also from the corolla 4wd.

Front Crossmember is from corolla 4wd and modified for 3sgte engine /transmission, all engine mounts are custom made.

Front radiator support panel has been replaced with T45 steel member to straighten up both intercooler and radiator to aid airflow and also increase engine bay space.

The A,B & C pillars are strengthened via extra spot welding at the facory by TRD.

The extensive roll cage is a fully tig welded wrc type multi point, links to front turrets, transmission tunnel, rear turretts and double X door bars. The under dash bar is also incorporated into the cage.

The front bumper bar is replaced with T45 steel

The rear bumper bar is lightweight alloy

2 extra rear chassis stiffening underbraces in aluminium support carbon boot floor.

All underseal and sealant removed.

Doors lightened and internal door bars removed, 8.5kgs per door saved, electric windows and glass retained.

Engine: New specifications for 2012

The engine is the 3SGTE, 2.0 litre twincam 16 valve turbo, as used in both the MR2 Turbo and Celica GT4, using a TTE Group 'A' block and TTE crankshaft, capacity is standard 2.0 litres. Crower steel connecting rods with JE Forged Pistons, ARP Head Bolts, HKS metal headgasket, Lightweight alloy pulleys.

Fensport Racing ported and flowed cylinder head with racing valves and double valve springs, TTE vernier pulleys and HKS 272 degree camshafts.

The inlet manifold is completely custom made to suit the new celica installation and has a short runner design with internal ram pipes and a 75mm throttle body.

The fuel system is completely custom and installed where the rear seat would have been, The tank is alloy and foam filled, holley lift pump, swirl pot then aeromotive main pump, -10 braided fuel lines, 1000cc injectors and aeromotive fuel pressure regulator.

New for 2012 is  the turbo, now a Garrett GT35X Billet unit using a a smaller 0.63 AR exhaust housing, mounted on a Corolla WRC manifold modified to accept a TIAL 44mm remote wastegate which is now vented back in to the main exhaust to comply with noise regulations. This new set up provides better response which is needed for the Toyota Sprint Series, this setup produces great response and approx 680bhp.

2012 Drag setup uses a larger 0.82 ar turbine housing and a 75 shot of nos.

The exhaust system is stainless steel, using 90mm mandrel bent pipework from turbo to single back box with a Blitz Nur Spec R custom rear silencer.

GT4 alternator modified with corolla regulator and Fensport alloy oversize pulley, TTE wrc alloy mount with carbon adjustment bracket..

Custom breather system with stainless braided pipework leading to a custom alloy tank with oil return line. Also incorporates the power steering resevoir.


A HKS front mounted intercooler, from the supra JZA80, is used with custom made "lightweight thin wall" 0.9mm stainless steel 3" piping and Samco silicon hosing.

The cooling system has a custom alloy radiator, electric water pump, alloy header tank, swirl pot, a trd low temp thermostat and Evans coolant.

Oil cooler with braided lines and thermostat.

Gearbox oil cooler

Samco Radiator Hoses


Fensport Racing Triple plate clutch with lightweight flywheel

PPG 5 speed straight cut, dog gearbox with a low ratio 4.1 straight cut final drive. Ikea sequential shifter.

Cusco MZ plate type Rear LSD

TRD rear differential front mounts, Fensport Racing uprated rear diff mount.

Propshaft retaining rings.


The Front suspension is AST 3 way adjustable coilovers with camber adjustable top mount

SuperPro front wishbone bushes with increased castor and anti lift. SuperPro anti roll bar bushes.

Rear suspension uses AST 3 way adjustable coilovers

Whiteline adjustable anti-roll bar with poly bushes from a MR2 turbo is mounted behind the axle..

Whiteline adjustable droplinks.

C-one lower rear arm bushes


Front - Tarox 10 pot GT caliper with 340mm discs

Rear - Tarox 6 pot caliper with 280mm discs

Braided steel lines throughout, all lines inside.

In car adjustable brake proportioning valve.


Volks Racing TE37, 7 .5 X 17 ET35 with Toyo R888 tyres 225/45/17.


MoTeC M400 Pro ECU is used to control the engine as well as Boost Control, Water injection, Full throttle gearchange, Launch control, Data logging and Wide band Lambda, Nitrous Control.

Motec digital Sport Dash displays all ecu parameters as well as speedo, gear position, shift lights, warning lights, oil pressure, fuel pressure, engine oil temp, gearbox oil temp, and rear differential oil temp.

Custom wiring loom throughout.

FIA electric cut out switch


Interior - Flocked dash & interior plastics.

Recaro Profi Race seats (6kgs), Momo quick release steering wheel

Schroth 5 point harnesses.

Spa firefighter 4kg plumbed in electric fire system, 3 engine bay and 3 interior extinguisher jets.

Race battery relocated behind passenger seat.


Varis Carbon fibre bonnet, with scoop for turbo clearance

Carbon roof scoop.

GT front bumper modified for more airflow and C-one front spoiler

Seibon Carbon fibre tailgate with tinted plexiglass

GT side skirts

Varis GT Carbon rear wing

TRD M sport rear bumper corners

We would like to thank the following people, for their support, and for making it all possible.

Jems Race Engineering www.jemsracing.co.uk
Blitz UK www.blitz-uk.co.uk
Pfitzner www.ppgearbox.com.au
Tarox Brakes www.tarox.com
TRD Japan http://trdparts.jp/english
Millers Oils www.millersoils.net
Motec Europe www.motec.com.au
Rays Wheels www.part-box.com
Toyo Tyres www.toyo.co.uk
Toyota GB www.toyota.co.uk
Javelin Trackdays www.javelintrackdays.co.uk


THANK YOU all from Team Fensport, builders of the second 200mph road legal Toyota!