Dean Whittaker - 1992 Revision 2 MR2 3.0v6 3vzfe
A true mid-engine experience only rivalled by the legendary Honda NSX, which incidentally is my dream car.
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1992 Revision 2 MR2 3.0v6 3vzfe
31, from Sheppey in Kent, HGV driver.
Sponsored by shadow sport detailing. www.shadowsport.co.uk
I co-run Japworx Japanese performance car club. Www.japworx.net
The car started out as a 1992 revision2 mr2 2.0 turbo import from Japan in appx 2006. I acquired the vehicle in 2010. It is now 3.0v6 3vzfe Camry engine swapped.
I always have had an overwhelming interest in cars, in particular, Japanese cars. Because let’s face it, the majority of Japanese cars are legendary in some way. This type of vehicle in particular interested me due to the 2 seater mid-engine layout which gave a sense of exotic-ness, something Ferrari-Esque but affordable for us poor people. Duly Dubbed ‘the poor man's Ferrari’.
For a car of its time, you were hard pushed to find something which drove and performed as well. Yes, there were better handling and faster cars but none had that feeling the MR 2 chassis gives you. A true mid-engine experience only rivalled by the legendary Honda NSX, which incidentally is my dream car.
So, back on track, well Not for a while but life puts a hold on some things.
What did I get myself in for buying this car you may ask. For the first couple of years, it was great, and a toro ugh LG enjoyable experience listening to the iconic 3sgte screaming just behind my ears. But all good things come to an end and sadly the 3sgte inevitably did. First the common head gasket issue apparent with the early revisions. Then a little later on the piston rings. Pretty standard for any 3sgte owner. I swear they are made of chocolate. Well, to cut a long story short that engine made way for the big old cast iron tank of an engine in the form of the 3vzfe v6 from the 92 Camry. V6 swaps of various types are very popular amongst Toyota mr2 owners now and if we are being honest is an engine layout the mr2 should Have come from the factory. The noise and power/response is phenomenal. Even though the 3vzfe is the lower power option of the v6 swaps available it’s still as fast, if not quicker than the original stock tuned 3sgte engine found in these cars.
The v6 is a lot easier to drive and live with day to day with virtually no problems arising from virtually being thrashed to the limiter regularly. But.... this being me and having probably the worst luck ever when it comes to engines the car decided that whilst on the way to Devon for the Bhp fuel fest show 2017 it would take a dislike to the front bank head.... perfect timing with me being on the a303 miles from any sort of life. Recovery, A refurbed head and porting to match and a shed load of cash she was back and running better than ever! No issues since ( everything crossed)
Anyway, back-back on track.
To be honest, this car wouldn’t be where it is now without local Toyota legend Patrick chambers. His wealth of knowledge is what has continued to keep this car going including the engine conversion. The paint is kept in tiptop condition thanks to shear speed customs paint shop and shadow sport detailing. A big thanks to them!
- 3vzfe 3.0v6 24v quad-cam,
- ported and skimmed heads,
- ported intake manifold,
- 2.5” y pipe to 3” back single exit custom exhaust,
- am air induction
- E153 gearbox,
- Toyota LSD,
- poly mounts,
- spherical bearing shifter cables,
- braided clutch line,
- 6 Puk clutch,
- lightened flywheel,
- short shifter.
- Japan racing jr21 17x8 et13 and 17x9 et20. 215.45.17
- west lake sport rs and 255.40.17 Yokohama ad08r.
- Hsd mono pro-coil-overs,
- 6&10kg springs,
- 2degree front camber and 3degree rear camber.
- Border carbon bonnet,
- Aero catches,
- Wilhelm race works mirror bases and apr rep mirrors,
- Boned front bumper with modded vents,
- Bomex skirts with custom winglets and extensions,
- Carbon boot lid,
- Carbon inspection panel,
- Toms carbon scoop,
- Carbon rear centre panel,
- Kouki lights,
- Clear front lights,
- Smoked reflectors and repeaters,
- Cut and vented rear bumper,
- Kei officer spoiler,
- Border rear window spoiler,
- Carbon wind deflectors.
- Stripped bar seat and dash,
- No sound system,
- No carpet,
- No sound deadening,
- Excess trim removed,
- Corbeau Targa seats,
- Jfb obd1 read device (ign temp etc)
Would I change anything about this car? No!! Everything happens for a reason and everything that has happened has made this car evolve into what you see today. Future plans include to turbo this engine. They are known to make 400hp easily without being opened up. Personally, I’m aiming for 300hp with a gt35 at appx 3-5psi with 7mgte injectors. Fairly reasonable for a small boost application.
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