2000 Toyota Ultimate Celica Concept

2000 Toyota Ultimate Celica Concept

2000 Toyota Ultimate Celica Concept

Toyota USA, along with Rod Millen Motorsports and Toyota Racing Development (TRD), has engineered the Ultimate Celica, a 500-horsepower, all-wheel drive powerhouse.

The Ultimate Celica is the extreme in driving excitement. It features a race-bred suspension, custom exhaust system, Recaro sport seats with four-point belts, an integrated rollcage, a racing fuel cell, performance tires and wheels, and Champ Car-inspired styling.

To reach the 500 horsepower goal, TRD immediately began work on tuning a four-cylinder production powerplant previously used in Toyota’s championship-winning IMSA GTP race cars of the early ’90s, and Rod Millen’s record-setting Pikes Peak Hill Climb runners. The bore and stroke were increased, a turbocharger installed and a custom-built a set of headers made out of inconel and a stainless steel exhaust. As a result, the Ultimate Celica produces 500 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and creates 340 lbs.-ft. of torque at 5,500.

In order to handle the increase in power and torque, the Celica’s production, front-wheel drive powertrain was converted into an all-wheel drive system.

Modifications also were made to the Bilstein struts and springs to balance and support the vehicle’s additional weight, and racing-inspired over-sized brakes were installed for more efficient braking power. To help stiffen the vehicle’s chassis, Rod Millen Motorsports built a custom rollcage. The front tubes of the cage were welded to existing bodywork and hidden behind the interior panels, while the remainder of the rollcage is only visible behind the front seats.

The new body pieces widen the vehicle by 3.8-inches in the front and 3.2 in the rear. Further sharpening the Ultimate Celica’s appearance are 245/35 Michelin Pilot performance tires wrapped around 19-inch BBS magnesium racing wheels with knockoffs, and the vehicle’s unique colour was developed and applied in a special, three-stage process at the Calty studios.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
price $$ Prototype
valvetrain4 Valves / Cyl
displacement2000 cc / 122.0 in³
bore85.9 mm / 3.38 in
stroke85.9 mm / 3.38 in
power372.9 kw / 500.1 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output250.05 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque460.9 nm / 339.9 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
driven wheelsFront Engine / 4WD
front tiresF 245/35ZR-19
rear tiresR 245/35ZR-19
front brakesVented Discs
f brake sizex 312 mm / x 12.3 in
rear brakesVented Discs
r brake sizex 312 mm / x 12.3 in
front wheelsF 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in
front track1831 mm / 72.1 in
rear track1816 mm / 71.5 in
length4442 mm / 174.9 in
width1735 mm / 68.3 in
height1270 mm / 50.0 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1