What The Deuce? A Twin-Engined Toyota
Hunting The Unhuntable

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told that we Speedhunters have the best job in the world. It is true, I’m not going to deny that. In fact, if I won the lottery tomorrow my first thought would likely be ‘how much more Speedhunting can I do?’ That being said, having a great job is not the same as having an easy job. It really is tough work, and what you see on your screens is probably only 10 per cent of what we have to put in to make a story happen. Some days at the proverbial office are good, other days, well, not so much.

Speaking strictly from a work point-of-view, Gatebil is a tough event. Extraordinarily long days, very little sleep, little good food and a huge area to cover. It can often take an entire weekend just to find the one car you keep spotting on track, in the paddock. The best analogy I can think of, is that one episode of the TV show Friends, where Joey is trying to deduce which apartment in the opposite building a good-looking girl is trying to get his attention from. Try as he might, he just never finds it. When he does, Ross is there. This was pretty much my entire experience with the twin-engined Toyota the weekend before last…

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-1

I knew the car existed thanks to a friend’s post on Facebook from the first Gatebil event earlier this year. It’s certainly not shy and it stands out just a little bit in the paddock, as you can imagine. Obviously, I was only thrilled when it drove past me at Rudskogen making its way to the track.

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With glee, I watched it lap after lap – smiling as it broke into the occasional four-wheel power slide. It wasn’t pretty by any means, but it was effective.

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-3

As quickly as it came, it was gone again as soon as the session ended. Not to worry, it was only Friday at this point and I had all weekend to find the owner and drag him or her aside for a few quick photographs and interview about the car.

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-6

Except there was a problem. I couldn’t find it. All weekend. Whenever I had a few minutes to spare, I would head out into the wilds to try and find where it was pitted. Do you think I could find it? Of course not. With a packed work schedule, I was occupied trying to get a lot of other things done at the same time, and by time I went to bed on Saturday night, I still could not find the car or its owner. I certainly didn’t want to miss out on it, so with one last roll of the dice, I shook off three hours worth of sleep and headed back to the track. At six in the morning.

Let me tell you, Gatebil is a scary place at six in the morning – especially considering it was the morning after the big party. It looked like a set for The Walking Dead, but with more broken cars.

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-5

As you can probably guess by now, I did eventually find it – in a place I must have walked past 20 times – and just a couple of hours before I was due to leave to catch a flight. It was still very early in the morning and not wanting to risk being beaten with a torque wrench, I quietly photographed the car as it sat in the pits, with the plan of returning in an hour or so to catch the owner to get more information. (As it turned out, it took me nearly a week to locate the owner, Roger Håland, online!)

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-7

The car is running not one, but two turbocharged 2.2-litre ‘5S-GTE’ engines, front and rear. Power figures come in at around 950whp with 1050Nm to all four wheels at 1.6bar (23.5psi). Running full boost and with larger fuel pumps, somewhere around 1300hp at the crank is achievable.

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-8

Either way, it’s a lot of horsepower for the tiny car which is hidden beneath a whole heap of Pikes Peak inspired homemade aero. The car weighs around 1200kg (2,645lb), but Roger is aiming to take another 50kg out of it before the next Gatebil at Rudskogen in September, and relocate more weight to the front of the car as it’s tail-heavy at the moment.

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When running two engines, it also means that you need two of pretty much everything: ECUs, tachometers and a gear selector that works the two MR2 gearboxes simultaneously.

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-16

On either side of the car are a pair of radiators mounted at floor level. With a large intercooler out front and another drawing air through a roof scoop at the rear, I guess there wasn’t much room for them elsewhere. Honestly, this car hurts my head just looking at it.

2015 Starlet Twin Engined PMcG-13

The head scratching doesn’t finish there either, as this Toyota is actually comprised of three different cars. The floorpan and front are originally from a Carloz Sainz edition Celica and the rear is from an SW20 MR2. Once these had been combined, a cage was installed before an EP82 body was dropped on from the top. I hope you were sitting down when you read that…

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For a while, there was a part of me which started doubting if this machine even existed. Was it just a figment of my imagination? Was it due to a lack of sleep and over exposure to Gatebil? No, it exists alright. But it’s a car that I must continue hunting. This won’t be the last time it graces the pages of Speedhunters…

Paddy McGrath
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Twitter: pmcgphotos
paddy@speedhunters.com

Additional Photos by Alok Paleri
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alok@speedhunters.com

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1

Escudo P.P. style ;-)

2

Wow, this thing doesn't look like Starlet anymore.

3
MAXIMUMatttack

Cool starlet but dam ugly.

4
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

1100kg and 'around' 1300hp!!!!!!
I need this in my life!!

5

As funky said, it looks like Tajima's Escudo Pikes Peak! But in Miniature form, Love it!

nice work tracking it down Paddy :-)

6

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner My mistake, it's 1200kgs but he's aiming for 1150kgs for the next event. No idea why I wrote down 1100kgs!

7

MAXIMUMatttack I think it had a certain amount of charm.

8

960 Techincally, it's not a Starlet anyways!

9

"Let me tell you, Gatebil is a scary place at six in the morning – especially considering it was the morning after the big party. It looked like a set for The Walking Dead, but with more broken cars."
I second this so much. Went for a walk at 6 AM on sunday in the paddock, wasn't disappointed.
On the car story... I happen to have 2 pictures taken half a second apart as it drifted in the lowest corner of the track.
You can see the passenger smiling in the first one...
But on the second one, as the car came to a stop 1cm away from the wall, you can see relief on the driver's face! :D

10

Weirdest thing on speedhunters this year! Awesome vehicle!

11

Please have this car on Speedhunter during next Gatebil

12

And he's still gonna pull out 50 kg? *faints*

Either way, wicked. Probably the last thing I'll take to the Empty Quarter, but this looks like one way to take a shot at Castle Loeb nand His Unreachable Run.

13

This just is the best car in the world, no question. There's nothing even remotely sane or refined about it.

14

What!!!!! Toyota nirvana

15

Autobots: Transform!

16

Flabbergasted

17

Epic!

18

BEAST!!!

19

This car > Koenigsegg One:1 ?

20

Fun car but it's a shame it doesn't fit into any competitive rule set that he could really try and strive to win in. I got a ep82 and they a bundle of joy to drive and mine only has 130kw at the fly.. I can imagine this would cause instant smiling at just the slightest blip of the throttle, cool car.

21

So fast the body panels have had enough.

22

Cool, minus the part where they took the frame of a limited edition GT4 (Carlos Sainz). Any old widebody 185 would have been the same.

23

Such a ridiculous car in the best sense of the word.

24

A bit crude but, very awesome. I love the placement of the radiators. That wacky design and engineering is some of the most thrilling part of these creations.

25

lol, we're only human.

26

Jajaja rule book! Come on!

27

Two questions, why? And, what's it sound like??  Best word to describe it is, debacle!  You can get that much power from one motor...to each his own I guess.

28

Gary89 It's eligible for Gatebil's Extreme Class ;)

29
JoneKlemoOverland

Roman64 not the best video. runs much better now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9Gb2dYpTl0

30

Chopped up a Sainz GT4!! Urggghhh WTF! Otherwise fantastic.

31

perhaps he "saved" a written-off Sainz GT4?

32
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

Dude still nuts!!!!!!

33

The sainz was bad examle no longer road going.in norway Are sainz no longer rare and they Are cheep and easy to get.
Why.. Is because price.. And 4 wheel drive with 1100hp is normalye expensive drivetrain..
But with 2 trans and 2 engine it is almost unbrakeble same with engines.

34

Car owner Good to know the saint was a bad example, but 1 of 5000 is rare in my opinion.

35

Paddy McGrath Gary89 
Rules of Gatebil's Extreme Class (according to one of the drivers):
1.You do not talk about fight club.


Only problem with Gatebil Extreme is that it is invitational only. But I'll be surprised if I don't see this competing next year.

36

My everything hurts. But I'm intrigued.

37

lol. He should call it The Thing.

38

I feel like this is one of thise cars you can't possibly defend the looks of, but I love how this car looks! It's mental in the best possible way! I can't wait for the next feature about it

39
skunkworkssr71

Hey 'car owner',talked to you at rudskogen last year when this car was all white. Car is amazing and very well engineered, well done. You said it drifted best with the front engine boost level set to 400hp and the rear engine set to 600. That's just cool.. Keep up the wild builds

40

Roman64 I think if you have to ask why, then you will never understand :)

Yes sure you could go for a single-engined drivetrain, but that's not the point :)

#becausegatebil

41

Your right. Thanks for replying just to say something.

42
Slappy_Pistons

Roman64 *you're, as in, you're being a jerk for no apparent reason.

Oh shit, I fed a troll.

43

I appreciate you punting out my grammar mistake. Texting can be so frustrating sometimes.
If you get a few minutes, you'll have to explain the troll comment for me. I don't know what that means...

44
Slappy_Pistons

Roman64 I thought you were being rude but basically, if this is just a language barrier thing, I am very sorry and I am a terrible person.

:(  Sorry

45

Hahahaha, no dude, it's not a language barrier thing! Does that still make you a terrible person? I was setting you up for the kill and you ruined it by apologizing.
Let's squash it either way. No sense going back and forth over a difference of opinions.

46

They have the same power now 550 each but the front engine is a little slower on the boost
Makes it feel like a normal 4wd..
2 engine car is perfekt drift car :)

47

Into what? autoboss

48

That is probably one of the most scariest cars I have ever seen so far in life.... 10/10

49

Very fuckin cool... I look at that and think of this if it were on crack and meth....Awesome build.

50

Smiggins It Named The TripleX

51

Smiggins It Named The TripleX

52

Car owner this is too awesome! you built yourself quite a monster!

53

if talking about functionality:
wouldn´t it have better aero if the owner fitted some panesl at the front on the sides of the intercooler? to make the rair go over the hood instead of into the engfine bay ?`

54

curious to know who told you it was a 5S-FE in there.. from the pictures its not a 5S-FE inlet. but the 3S-GE Gen2 inlet. which runs ACiS. something the 5S engines never had. and then it comes down to. why run the 3S-GE engine in the first place? if you are going turbo it would of been sense to use the 3S-GTE

55

JeffTrump More than likely a hybrid engine. 5SFE block with forged internals, gen2 3SGE head with a turbo slapped on ~ 5SGTE. many ways to make a 5SGTE and with 5S you get 2.2L vs 2.0L of the 3S

56

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looks like this car is in constant development, which is great to see. This year it appears to have a more conventional radiator setup https://goo.gl/photos/3FpP4dwCg9Z388iq6

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