Who knew that racing an automatic Corolla could be so fun?


Sure, this E110-chassis Toyota Corolla isn't anything like today's GR Corolla, but it can still hold its own in motorsport.

Its owner, Britt Mann, explains what makes it a good car to compete with–especially in series like the 24 Hours of Lemons.

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DavyZ New Reader
3/18/24 6:02 p.m.

There's something endearing (dare I say "sexy"?) about utilitarian transportation being transformed or repurposed into a racing car.  The availability and lightness of this platform is a major attraction in my book.  I can't think of a reliable and cheap platform than an old Corolla like this--can anyone think of a better car for Lemons?  Maybe one that you already own for $0?

Bugweiser74 New Reader
3/18/24 9:06 p.m.

There is a bunch of videos of the car on https://youtube.com/@southpawcustoms787?si=MPmP-r375qVmSoGz

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy UltraDork
3/19/24 7:59 a.m.

Hey, thats me driving in that pic! :)  The car really kicks ass.  Its not fast in a straight line but will out corner almost anything at a Lemons race!  And dead reliable.

johndej SuperDork
3/19/24 8:14 a.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/19/24 8:31 a.m.

I'll say it again, this thing looks the business and deserves a detuned GR motor with a 6-speed or DCT. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/24 9:10 a.m.
Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy UltraDork
3/19/24 10:07 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:
johndej said:

Made me remember corolla cup!


Corolla Cup!

The first few events of the Corolla Cup have gotten screwed over by mother nature.  But we have a group of 5 or 6 corollas ready to run.  The $2k Challenge is one of the events on our calendar, but I'll be running a different car :/

Tom1200 PowerDork
3/19/24 11:21 a.m.

How did I miss this on the first go round.

I once raced a couple of ITT Corollas. One of the west coast guys came up with Improved Touring Toyota for Corollas back in the early to mid 90s. 

They were crude as hell but stupid fun.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
3/19/24 3:27 p.m.

Who says you need the latest, greatest expensive sports car to have fun? This seems to defy that logic. 

Tom1200 PowerDork
3/19/24 3:49 p.m.
J.A. Ackley said:

Who says you need the latest, greatest expensive sports car to have fun? This seems to defy that logic. 

Our motto since 1992 has been "faster than a set of bleachers"

Once you stop caring about outright lap times it opens it a ton of possibilities.

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