The British Drift Championship is home to the best drifters in the UK, the time and dedication shown by the drivers and their friends is second to none. Most of the guys though opt for the more “run of the mill” drift cars, S bodies line the paddock with skylines being second and a dose of Soarer’s and the odd BMW now appearing. But one guy who likes to go against the grain is Marc Huxley, he wanted to be different ……………….
Marc’s weapon of choice is a 1980 KE70 Corrolla dx. originally equipped with an amazingly under powered 1300 cc engine Marc knew that was never gonna cut it!
The car was bought to advertise the family company Huxley Motorsport and was intended to be used for weekend drag racing and some drifting.Being one of the Huxley’s meant Marc had alot of support from his dad who is a big name in the drag racing game.
They got to work on the car by ripping out the existing interior parts and fitting the full Huxley spec cage, this was also built to FIA standards so Marc could compete in competition. Sparco Evo seats were installed with harnesses to keep Marc safe.
A few Autometer gauges let him keep an eye on the temps
Like all good drag cars and now most drift car’s the arches need alot of modification to allow for plenty of wheel movement, the Huxley’s tubbed the front and rear arches
The car was shaping up to be an awesome track/drift weapon but Marc needed an engine to fit the bill ….
A SR20 from an early PS13 found its way in the KE’s engine bay.
A Hi Dev exhaust Manifold joined the standard T25g turbine and mapped was by Pro Tuner to 232 BHP. Not the high figures some of the BDC guys are pushing but enough to get the car sideways and also up the drag strip in 12.4 secs @108mph!
Fuelling for the SR is taken care of by twin Bosch fuel pumps fed from the OEM fuel tank which has been foam filled to stop fuel surge
A standard SR gearbox does the manual work linked into a Huxley hilux prop shaft and onto Huxley customised Mustang half shaft’s which drive the back wheels
Braking is taken care of by AE86 calipers up front and the original KE70 front calipers moved to the rear, a hydro handbrake is of course a must!
Chassis wise BC coilovers with custom springs up front take care of the ride height, Bilstein shocks complete the rear suspension. Driftwork tension rods have had the Huxley make over along with custom wheel hubs.
The wheels ………….. are not rotas!! YAS! Marc rocks 14″ x 7″ Work Equips up front and a mixture of rears but as you can see in the pics it was rocking Watanabes.
One of the stand out parts of Marc’s car is the boot lid,
It has been decorated in a comic strip detailing last years epic drift battle which got him to where he is this year
So why the whole Dark Horse thing??
well first up it’s the team name he use along with Steve “stiggy” evans in the team battle event but also for 2012 Marc is in the Pro class of BDC which means if he qualify’s well enough he could (and was in Norfolk) be up against the super pro’s! Which means his awesome little KE70 would be chasing down the likes of Mark Luney in his 1000 odd bhp supra ……….. Amazing!!
Consistent results from round 1 and 3 at Teesside have placed him in 2nd position in the running for Pro champion.
Lets hope he can keep up his challenge for the 2012 title, he is definitely in the running for my driver of the year!!
Marc would like to thank….
Curt worton photography
Three counties signs
Also big thanks to