Archive for VVT-i

Still Remains Underrated IMO

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2011 by prolifik1

Yeah, they’re slow, but damn, they looked pretty damn good in my opinion! Then again, I’m bias because I owned one before. 7th generation Celicas are underrated in my opinion, especially the GT-S.  Fools still don’t give the 2zz-ge a break…

Referring back to my old Celica community, NewCelica.  This was one of my favorite Silver Celicas.

JDM influenced, Trial x C-One x Volk = Dopeness

It looks pretty good wingless…

Lotus Presents Toyota with an Elise housing the last 2ZZ-GE

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by prolifik1

The last Toyota 2ZZ-GE VVTLi four cylinder engine has been built, and Lotus got it. Lotus CEO Dany Bahar and Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda came together at the British Embassy in Tokyo for a celebration where Toyota was presented with an Elise R carrying the engine by Bahar. The shindig marks a new chapter in the two companies’ partnership, one that will allow Lotus to create powertrains that are more exclusively its own in future cars with the continued cooperation of Toyota.

Designed for Toyota by Yamaha, the 2ZZ-GE engine owed a lot to motorcycle engine practice, and the wide-angled valves and variable valve timing and lift system enabled the high-revving engine to develop 100 horsepower per liter, and even more when supercharged. Power levels floated between 160-180 hp naturally aspirated and as much as 250 when supercharged and intercooled.

The question now is what engine Lotus and Toyota will cook up to take the place of the 2ZZ-GE, now that its veteran power unit has been retired. We should find out more on that front at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

It’s sad to see Toyota stop production on the 2zz. That motor has so much potential still waiting to be unlocked. It’s a great engine. It’s has so much potential to be on par with what the Honda B and K series, yet, R&D for unlocking its potential is a pain staking slow process within the Celica/MR-S world.  Celica guys continue to work on it though, so it’s still exciting for me to await (coming from a former Celica owner) the cool stuff fellow Celica hobbyist can do with it.

What does Toyota/Yamaha and Lotus have in store? Can this bring more of a larger collaboration considering Toyota’s team up with Subaru concerning the FT-86? Time will only tell.

via AutoBlog

Throwback Thursday: TRD Action Package

Posted in Cars, Throwback Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by prolifik1

One of the downfalls when I owned a 7th gen Toyota Celica was this commercial with the motto “Looks Fast” It was a butt of all jokes when people clowned on how slow the car was…

Yet ignorance is bliss, little did they know the potential the 2zz-ge had. Not to mention how fun the Lotus Elise would be when rocking this motor…

The ad campaign for the TRD bodykit dubbed the “Action Package” for the Celica was indeed funny though…

Commercial 1:

Commercial 2:

Yeah, I can’t stop saying the fact that I miss mine. I admit, the IS300/Altezza I have now is a rather boring sedan. I don’t think I’ll ever be completely content with my current car until I convince myself one day in swapping in a 2jz-GTE.

7th Heaven

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by prolifik1

I really do miss owning a 7th gen Celica. Makes me want to own one again after going through my photos.

I was browsing the old Celica forums that I use to frequent back in the day, on NewCelica.org, and found this gem.

It’s cool to see one all proper with the flushness…

I LOVE IT! Props to the owner, Nico from the NewCelica forums!

Apparently, most of the members on the forum weren’t feeling it. Oh well, some just don’t understand it. It is true what they say, some hate it, while some love it. It’s definitely a love/hate thing!