The European-spec eighth-generation Toyota Corolla may have been the template for the car that won the World Rally Championship in 1999. However, the standard production models were much more sedate and commonly seen pottering down the road rather than tearing up the tarmac.
A dedicated Corolla enthusiast saw the same potential that Toyota Team Europe had in this unassuming hatchback for their world-beating rally cars, modifying it to super standards.
At the recent ‘Launch Control’ event held by the armed forces charity Mission Motorsport, this 1998 modified Corolla, complete with window stickers and a National Trust badge achieved a higher speed over the standing half-mile than most of the £100,000-plus supercars that attended. At 150mph, the speed it achieved is more than 40mph faster than the standard cars’ top speed, but in around a quarter of the distance!