Toyota Corolla TE71

John Midgley and Andrew Bodman drove this car to the UK National Group A victory in 1984, and to many other class wins in the mid-1980’s. The Corolla TE71 was well positioned to take advantage of the change in rallying technical regulations from Group 1 to Group A, having a four-link rear suspension, a 1.6 litre twin cam engine, five-speed transmission, limited slip differential and twin side draft carburettors as standard. With a few technical tweeks that were well within the rules, it was an immediate winner.

John Midgley built the first Group A car for the 1982 season and win the Group A 1600 class in that year’s open championship. Toyota GB went on to compete in Group A with the same car in 1983, winning the class overall with Per Eklund. In 1984 Eklund switched to the 16-valve AE86 and claimed a second Open Championship victory. John Midgley added to the Corollas’ honours by winning the National Rally Championship in an eight-valve version of the car.

This was was drive by Jim Fleming to win the Group A class in Scotland and was also usde by Giovanni Piazza Musso to win Group A on the Costa Smeralda and Tour de Corse World Rally Championship events. It also won Group A in the National Breakdown Open Championship among many other successes, making it one of the most successful competition Corolla models.  

Engine 8-Valve, In-line Four cylinder, Twin-cam 2TG
Displacement1588cc
Maximum Power160BHP / 119kW @ 8,000rpm
ClutchSingle sintered paddle
GearboxQuaife 5 speed
AxleTRD 5.1 limited slip differential
BrakesDiscs - ventilated front, solid rear
PadsMintex
SuspensionBilstein coil springs
Weight950 kg
WheelsRevolution 6x13
TyresMichelin