We have tabbed the Celica as a prime time player and it has lived up to its billing. We knew it was only a matter of time before the Celica's popularity tricked up to the import race scene. More than a year ago, we heard rumblings of some serious quarter mile Celicas in the works. There was one on the East Coast and one out West. One was front drive; one was rear. One had a V8, one had a 2ZZ. Turbo magazine will be following the build-up of both of these hard-hitting Toys.

The East Coast Celica will be piloted by elite import dragger, Christian Rado. At the 2000 SEMA Show, TRD announced it was the engine supplier for the 2ZZ-GE-motivated FWD bad boy. Christian has told us that the car used for making the body panels will be converted into a Quick Class racer. We could be looking at a two-pronged Celica attack later in the season. There is no word on where the engine for the second car will come from, but Christian said he hopes to employ a female driver.

Our ground-up coverage of the Outlaw Celica begins at TRD USA headquarters in Tustin, Calif. The conceptualization and build-up will be handled by TRD's Special Projects Group, a kind of skunkworks of TRD that handles Ironman Stewart's truck engine, Pikes Peak engines and Goodys Dash engines. The team consists of manager of special projects Larry Slutter, lead man Sheldon Andry, engineer Piotr Guzik, cylinder head specialist Rick Kemp, machinist/fabricator Larry Lohoff and engine builder David Scholl. It was Scholl we cornered in the dark recesses of TRD and put through an intense interrogation that lasted well into the wee hours.

Design Concepts

We have heard the engine will run alcohol. Is that still the plan?
Yes.

Will it be a straight alcohol or a gasoline/alcohol mixture?
Plans call for straight Methanol.

How much power are you planning to make with the project?
We have a number in mind and, frankly, I haven't been told what it is yet myself.

What are you looking at as far as boost?
We're going to start out at 30 psi.

Redline?
We're looking to turn 9800 rpm.