Despite their impressive performances, not all was as it appeared. In 1994, the latest generation Celica proved far bigger and clumsier than previously, with a new FIA-mandated turbo restrictor plate leaving it down on power. So, in a cunning plan, Toyota Team Europe found a way to have that restrictor disengage itself when installed on the car, using a complicated series of springs and washers. The engine still passed all scrutineering, and the turbo appeared entirely compliant when removed and inspected, but clever engineering increased airflow into the turbo by 25 per cent, giving another 50PS (37kW) boost to the already 300PS-plus (221kw) engine.
Ultimately, however, their deceit was discovered, resulting in the manufacturer being banned from the 1995 championship. But at least their engineering prowess was acknowledged, with FIA president Max Mosley commenting: “It’s the most ingenious thing I have seen in 30 years of motorsport.”
So, now you know the story, sit back and enjoy the incredible early season performance of Toyota Team Europe and remember, cheats never prosper.
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