At this point Lexus 1UZ swaps into lightweight classic J-coupes that weigh almost nothing are not a new thing. However, squeezing 1,100 horsepower out of the 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo turned up to 27 psi necessitated a GT-R’s AWD drivetrain for Jamie Heritage’s Celica — er, Ce-LEE-ka, rather, because Australia. With a gear set borrowed from an R34 GT-R and diffs pilfered from an R33, it was the only way get its prodigious power to the ground.
Unearthed from an event called the Snowy Mountain 1000 by Jalopnik, Jamie’s Celica can scoot up to speeds of 311.7 kph, or 193.7 mph, in a 1,000 meter (0.62 mile) dash. But perhaps most impressively of all, especially to those of us living in California, is that it’s all 100 percent street legal, so Jamie can reverse the rotation of the Earth at the event and then drive straight home in it afterwards.