5k: Variety Is Spicey: 2007 Toyota Yaris “Race Car”
The general consensus from the commenters who responded to this Friday’s Coffee Brake question is that they (you?) like the mix of
cheap crap collectible classics and cool drivers. Variety is what the readers want, so let’s test that hypothesis with a make/model never before seen on these pages. Find this 2007 Toyota Yaris prepped for racing offered for $6,500 in Lennox, CA via Craigslist.
Whenever I see the words “race car” in a crapslist/fleabay listing, I get all tingly on the outside, and no, it’s not psoriasis. There are race cars on craigslists, all manner of NASA, SCCA, LeMons, Chumpcar, and even NASCAR prepped cars are available in various parts of the country, however a large percent of these “Race Cars” are simply a case of a weekend gone too far with the you, your buddies, a few cases of Coors Light and a handful of spanners.
Starting under hood, we see a supercharger attached to a mostly stock Yaris 1.5 liter inline-4. A few things, first, bolting a supercharger on your Yaris instantly disqualifies it from any of the typical racing series associated with NASA/SCCA and you could probably run in a modified class, but will quickly get your ass handed to you by guys in C5 Vettes and actual race cars. Same goes for drag racing, autoX, rally, etc.
On the inside is is clear the owner of this Yaris is going for the motorsports experience, gutted carpet, headliner, no rear seats…but…it still has a full dash and functioning AC. If you are going to gut the car, you should really gut the car. This half way approach to weight reduction is also met with a lack of installed roll cage, a necessary component if you are going to do any serious wheel-to-wheel racing.
So, what we’ve got is a street car that is noisy, about as fast in a straight line as the average rental car and totally off limits to 99.5% of the people looking for a lightly used Yaris. Oddly enough…if it had back seats, I might consider looking at it… firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminded me of this article.
Are those wood screws holding the extra gauge pod to the stock dash?
Yes, those are wood screws with cheap, ill fitting washers holding on $150 ATV gauge pod with Autozone SunPro gauges. Needs real gauges and a rollcage to make it a weekend run-whacha-brung track day car.
Need a lot more than guages. Seatbelts mounted like that are totally unsafe. Gutted interior but no cage is dangerous as fark. Supercharger is a good upgrade but too bad the owner decided to total the car by tearing out the interior. At least a couple thousand in safety gear away from seeing a race track and then won't fit in any class. Best would be to find a crashed one and buy the guts and return to street duty.
No one will let you do a track day with that belt setup. In an accident you will get a compressed spine. Best case, you will never walk again.
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Seriously? Isn't this just a cheap FWD econobox?
Ask the seller how they fixed the engine from the last time it was on CL a few months ago for half the money.
Seriously, I'd be interested to know.
Also, insert my standard comment about how it'll never pass smog with a supercharger, header and presumably non CARB compliant exhaust.
Here's a copy/paste of the ad from mid-March. This was on my shortlist, believe it or not. Passed because I couldn't get the owner's attention long enough for him to explain what the problem was.
I have a 2007 Toyota Yaris up for sale, 2 door hatch back 93,000 miles clean title and i`m second owner, its supercharged and has manny upgrades (Please call for a list of upgraded, Supercharger kit alone was 3,400 not including install), it is a 5 speed stick shift, Plates expire in October 2014. Its missfiring on cylinder #3 and it smokes a lot under boost, it may need head gasket replacement, it still runs and drives, with no boost it doesnt smoke that much but it defetnely needs repaird before you can drive it on the streets. Please call or text No E-mails, If you have a trade let me know what you have, No salvaged cars please unless you have a lot of cash on top with you`r trade. this is the cheapest Yaris on craigslist with more in upgrades than the car is worth.
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