Vehicle Feature: Nathan’s AE71 – Rolla Life!

Whilst watching a past round of the ADGP Road King rounds at Calder Park Raceway.

I spotted a vehicle which screamed out to the *E7* owner in me.


The vehicle I am talking about was a fridge white, tough as nails Toyota AE71 Corolla. Seeing a tough-looking Corolla is enough, as I got closer it was clear there was much more to this beast than just wide wheels and an aggressive stance.


The wheel choice consists of American Racing AR172 BAJA’s in a sizing of 15×8 -19 fronts and a staggering 15×10 -43 rears, A very different and extreme set of wheels for a car of this size and style.

The side exit exhaust gives the game away.


After circling around I noticed the front-mount intercooler and grille-mounted oil cooler (fantastic).


Then I noticed the turbo and 20V 4A-GE. This is my kind of ride (spec sheet at bottom of article).

Can’t go past a nice set of quad lights for the E7 series corolla’s, and with the oil cooler lines running through the high beam bucket, it was straight up Mother Land.


The interior was spartan with nothing but the essentials to get loose and keep the built engine in check. Nardi Steering wheel, Sheet metal gauge surround and bucket seat accompany the full cage.


This built 7A-GE (combination of 4A-GE and 7A-FE parts) is easily mistaken for a 20V 4A-GE, but that would be a serious mistake.

Giving this engine any less than the necessary credit would be a crime for such a work of art.


Rolla Life. The perfect boosted *E7* Drifter (in my opinion), Staying true to the marque and getting great results.

Photo’s: Nick Drew

Words: Nick Drew

Spec Sheet


1.8 Litre 20V 7A-GE, OEM 4A-GZE pistons (ceramic coated and teflon lined), J-Works forged 7A-FE rods, De-burred, polished and balanced 7A-FE crankshaft (converted to 8 bolt flywheel pattern), JDI modified inlet manifold on blacktop 20V individual throttle bodies, Ported and polished head with oversize supertech valves,springs and titanium retainers, Kelford turbo camshafts, TODA adjustable camgears, JDI low-mount tuned length dreamlike turbo manifold, TD06 Turbocharger, JDI stainless 3″ door exit exhaust.

Engine built by Cavehill Engines.

Tuned by Dr Drift.


W58 gearbox

JDI Hilux 4.1 diff conversion (disk brake converted) and Knox one piece tail-shaft.

Suspension / Brakes:

Coil-over converted struts with Koni 8-way adjustable shocks and 8kg springs, aligned to 8 degrees of castor and 3 degrees of negative camber.

Toyota Landcruiser 4 pot calipers (front) and R32 Skyline calipers (rear), crown wheel hubs for 5 stud conversion and JDI steering knuckles.


296rwkw @ 20psi,

Wheels and tyres:

American racing 15 x 8 -19 fronts, 15 x 10 – 43 rears. Toyo R1R, 195 50 15 front, Achilles 123, 195 50 15 rear,


JDI fabrications full roll-cage, Nardi Steering wheel, Hydraulic Handbrake, Bucket seat.


Inverse tyres, JDI fabrications, Dr Drift, HS motors(all wiring stuff) and cavehill engines.

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