IF THERE was a trophy for the coolest car on Drag Challenge, Matt Smarts KE10 Corolla would have been the red-hot favourite.

It runs a stove-hot, Weberfed 202ci Holden six with a healthy 175hp worth of spray and a trusty Trimatic auto, and its fast! With so many people stuffing Japanese engines into Aussie cars these days, its refreshing to see someone reversing the trend.

This is the third motor build weve done, and its a black 202 with a factory block, crank and head, Matt says. Its got forged rods and pistons and its had a bit of head and manifold work done, as well as a custom oiling system, custom exhaust system, and the nitrous. The motor makes about 320hp and it cracks along pretty well; we have a lot of fun.

The car ran a flat 11 at Calder, but Matt submitted an 11.2sec timeslip to leave some headroom.

Id never driven the car on the street before, so the horn and all that other roadworthy stuff never worked, he says.

We got all that sorted, put some rego on it and here we are!


Class: Castlemaine Rod Shop DYO


Engine: Holden 202ci inline six Induction: Nitrous Transmission: Trimatic Converter: 4500rpm Diff: 3.90:1 Power: 320hp Previous PB: 11.00@118mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 11.16@117mph


Simon Lazzaro