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Carina Sightings: Emil and Thomas at Gardemoen

Emil and Thomas are from Norway and took their Carina TA60 sedans out on the Gardemoen ice track. Too bad Emil and Thomas used a copyrighted song for this video, but nevertheless it really looks like they are having fun in the snow (and ice):

It may not be suitable for the faint hearted, the ending is very bad for one of the Carinas… :(

Carina Sightings: Turbo diesel Carina ice racing part 2

This week we continue about the Carina Turbo Diesel I posted last week. I had contact with the guy who posted the video and he sent me this video from the car before they bought it:As you can see in this video the turbo is sticking above the hood! :D
They changed it after they bought the car and now the turbo fits nicely under the hood.

!Edit! A video with all details on the Carina, Corolla and Mitsubishi was posted:

You can clearly see how they solved it now: the turbo is way lower than before… However: I did notice the original intake manifold (got Toyota 1C logo on it) going from the exhaust (on the RHD side) to the intake (on the LHD side) meaning that the engine was already a Turbo Diesel version!
I did some research which took me an hours and indeed Toyota made an 1C-T with this manifold from 1983 till 1985. Japanese Carinas never got the 1C-T so either Finland got this engine or this is a very rare engine swap! :)

The Carina is owned by three brothers from Finland and all three are racing with it. The guy I’m mailing with is only 13 years old! Amazing at what young age these Fins are starting with racing! Not surprising that so many good rally and track drivers are from Finland!

Carina Sightings: jäärata Toyota Carina TA60

You must probably think “WTF? Jäärata?”. Well as I understand it Jäärata is almost the national sports in Finland. Jäärata can probably best be translated to “Ice road racing”, but might as well be translated to “Ice-lake racing”.

This nicely beaten up Carina TA60 is being used to practice the jäärata on:
IMO these drivers are very very brave. With drifting you try to find the limit to lose the grip on the surface. With ice road racing you have about no grip at all, so it requires a lot of skill to find grip hidden in the snow…

Here you can see the Carina fighting off a Mercedes W123 200D:

These videos really makes me jealous on those Fins: they are having all the fun in the world! Oh well, maybe just wait for that once in a 100 years the IJsselmeer is frozen and have that same fun here in Holland as well. ;)

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