Meet Daniel Railean's amazing journey with his Toyota Celica! It's not just a car; it's his passion project. In this video, we see how years of hard work and love can turn a regular car into something special.
Railean's interest in Celicas was sparked by the fact that his brother possessed one; he aspired to someday take possession of it himself. Unfortunately, fate had other plans, and the car met its demise before he could get his hands on it.
Years later, the very same Toyota Celica appeared on eBay, and Railean's unwavering determination led him to invest his entire savings of 750 pounds to make it his own. Sadly, the car arrived in a terrible state, full of rust, but Railean set out on a transformative journey.
Over time, he turned it into a BMW-powered drift car, using an engine from an E46-generation 323i and the rear end from a 2011 3 Series. While it's predominantly a BMW affair, the steering column was a nod to a Renault Clio. The builder doesn't delve into specific details about the BMW engine's output, but the stock version delivers 168 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.
These figures may not be groundbreaking by modern standards, but they represent a significant improvement over the original Toyota 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which produced around 100 hp.
Moreover, the valved exhaust system on the current powerplant gives the car a distinctive and raw exhaust note, enhancing its overall appeal. As for the car's exterior, Railean even attempted to set up a makeshift paint shop in his shed, but a friend eventually took over due to concerns about his technique. Later, Railean decided to wrap many of the car's components in carbon kevlar for a unique touch.
The towering rear wing takes cues from Railean's admiration for the extravagant Porsches from Rauh-Welt Begriff, while neon underbody lighting pays homage to the colorful aesthetics of the original "The Fast and the Furious" movies. Railean doesn't just showcase his Celica; he also drives it nearly every day and puts it through its paces in drifting.