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Toyota Celica (A60) General Information

The Celica TCT is what was developed out of the short lived but successful group4, RA63 shaped Celica 2000GT - read this group4 chapter for further notes on the actually characterful RA63 shape. While, according to the rules, the group4 Celica very much resembled the RA63 road version, the groupB car used the groupB freedom for a large tablet-like rear spoiler and a changed front with a very neat front grille and headlights upright in ducts. Though even the groupB car could be easily identified as an RA63 Celica.

Unfortunately I have to bore you with these very tricky Toyota generation/model codes after I bored myself investigating for ages, getting them wrong myself. We are talking of what Toyota calls the A60-series Celica. The last digit changes for minor model variations and a first digit is added to identify larger changes, usually engines. I must admit I had this car down as an RA63 myself for ages, as that is what its group4 2000GT sister is called. But in Japan when the same RA63 shell was available with a 1.8 Turbo engine as opposed to the 2.0 atmo, the code changed from RA63 to TA63. Then we take this TA63 and make 200 of them with the engine bored up from 1770cc to 2090cc and this bigger engine is identified as the TA64. Only 200 were made and both the TA63 & TA64 were only sold in Japan, so excuse earlier inaccuracy. The situation is not made much easier with there being an RA64, that had absolutely nothing in common with the TA64 but was a solely USA sold model with a 2.4 atmo engine.

It might be interesting that the RA61 - hence basically same generation Celica - was a very neat and straight liftback version of the RA63, same engine but very different rear. OK, here it seems the 1 at the end identifies liftback shape and not engine. But then we do the MA61 which has the same liftback rear but a much flatter front with pop up headlights and to finalise confusion a 2.8 straight-6 engine! So the 1 identifies the flatter rear and the M the flatter front and the engine is forgotten in the codes, get it? Even though the relation to the 2-door saloon look-a-like Celica RA63 was still roughly visible, and on most markets it was called the Celica XX, in Japan and UK it was sold as the Supra, which from its next generation turned an independent model. And curiously the independent Supra model carried on with these codes with the next car being the A70-series, and curiously here only one ident code was ever used, MA70, never mind if with or without turbo. The next generation Celica after this A60-series should be the very different T160-series, see ST165. The same changed to the mid sized saloon car Carina, with which, although not very visible, the Celica shared its platform. So quite a surprise that the Supra turned an independent model and kept in line with the Carina/Celica codes....

Well, I could have left it why the groupB Celica was TA64 despite clearly being a development out of the RA63. But we have an MA70 Supra groupA car and more interesting even, we have an MA61 groupA car!

Even for non-Toyota fans it must be rather interesting that for the British Rally Championship 1985 TTGB built up one such car and invited Per Eklund to drive it. The design was not only a different sight, the mix of Toyota works colours and Duckhams Oils sponsorship gave it a gorgeous paint job, too. Further interesting is for sure, while the gB TA64 had a 2.1 turbo engine, the gA MA61 had a 2.8 straight-6-cylinder! This was the first Supra ever seen on rally stages. And while the car never appeared on a WRC event, I thought I could not let you miss out on the fact that alongside the groupB TA64 there was a groupA MA61, too! It seems a far fetched comparison, but this is as if you compared a g4 Vauxhall Chevette hatchback with a g4 Opel Kadett C-Coupé: you saw it was the same car but you have actually never seen it, and in this case even the colour scheme was very similar but with Duckham's yellow & blue added, and it sounded totally different, too.

Back to the groupB TA64: Despite the suprise NZ victory of the elder non-turbo group4 version of this car, the Celica TCT could never star on smooth sprint events. For this it was simply lacking 4 wheel drive. But in contrast to early believe when Audi introduced 4x4 to rallying, it was the African, rough, long distance events where maximum traction did not matter as much as torque and solid, simple suspensions did.

Indeed throughout the groupB era Africa belonged to cars like the Opel Ascona 400, the Nissan Silvia 240RS and this Toyota Celica TCT. In this comparison the Celica TCT had many similarities to the Silvia 240RS and as well the Ascona 400, but while these cars had a 2.4 litre normally aspirated engine, the Celica TCT came with a much more powerful and torquey 2.1 turbo. This indeed seemed to make the all important difference. In its life the Celica TCT won no less than 6 WRC events, all in Africa. And if you thought events as Safari are about luck, 6 wins in 7 starts surely is too much to be a coincidence!

However strange this may seem in this context, a favourite with Toyota's marketing department was the long distance Hong Kong-Beijing Rally. While in 1987 indeed the groupA Toyota Supra MA70 had its only big victory on that event, the famous Toyota Celica TCT never even managed to finish there!
 

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Toyota Celica (A60) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
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Torque
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RPM
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Width
Height
Weight
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Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Toyota Celica (A60) (TA64) TCT (83-86) 326/8500 360/4500 4284.1785.1310 1040 (3.2) RWD (2500)

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Toyota Celica (A60) Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
1st. 1986 WRC Safari Rally B. Waldegaard F. Gallagher #2 [UNKNOWN] 5:06:00
2nd. 1986 WRC Safari Rally L. Torph B. Thorszelius #10 [UNKNOWN] 5:34:00
4th. 1986 WRC Safari Rally E. Weber G. Wanger #8 [UNKNOWN] 6:20:00
1st. 1986 WRC Bandama Rallye B. Waldegaard F. Gallagher #3 [UNKNOWN] 1:29:00
2nd. 1986 WRC Bandama Rallye L. Torph B. Thorszelius #1 [UNKNOWN] 1:37:00
3rd. 1986 WRC Bandama Rallye E. Weber G. Wanger #5 [UNKNOWN] 2:27:00
4th. 1986 WRC Bandama Rallye R. Ulyate I. Street #18 [UNKNOWN] 3:05:00
4th. 1986 WRC USA Olympus Rally L. Torph B. Thorszelius #4 [UNKNOWN] 5:56:29
5th. 1986 WRC USA Olympus Rally B. Waldegaard F. Gallagher #3 [UNKNOWN] 5:58:32
1st. 1985 WRC Safari Rally J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #21 [UNKNOWN] 5:18:00
2nd. 1985 WRC Safari Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #3 [UNKNOWN] 5:52:00
7th. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #9 [UNKNOWN] 4:30:08
1st. 1985 WRC Bandama Rallye J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #3 [UNKNOWN] 4:46:00
2nd. 1985 WRC Bandama Rallye B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #1 [UNKNOWN] 4:46:00
5th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #5 [UNKNOWN] 10:10:53
1st. 1984 WRC Safari Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #5 [UNKNOWN] 2:02:00
5th. 1984 WRC Rally New Zealand B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #2 [UNKNOWN] 11:35:58
5th. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #11 [UNKNOWN] 4:19:19
3rd. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Eklund D. Whittock #8 [UNKNOWN] 9:37:07
6th. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland J. Kankkunen S. Pettersson #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:34:49
12th. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #10 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
1st. 1983 WRC Bandama Rallye B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #3 [UNKNOWN] 5:18:00
3rd. 1983 WRC Bandama Rallye P. Eklund R. Spjuth #4 [UNKNOWN] 6:58:00
7th. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Kankkunen J. Piironen #16 [UNKNOWN] 9:31:49

Toyota Celica (A60) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1986 WRC USA Olympus Rally S. Millen H. Thorszelius #12 [UNKNOWN] SS18 crash
Ret. 1986 WRC Bandama Rallye S. Millen H. Thorszelius #0 [UNKNOWN] SS0 only course opening car for road checking
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #7 [UNKNOWN] SS16 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #7 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #6 [UNKNOWN] SS40 crash
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand B. Waldegaard M. Lizin #4 [UNKNOWN] SS13 withdrawn
Ret. 1985 WRC Safari Rally D. Horsey D. Williamson #16 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #5 [UNKNOWN] SS11 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #15 [UNKNOWN] SS40 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland B. Waldegaard C. Billstam #5 [UNKNOWN] SS25 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally New Zealand J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #8 [UNKNOWN] SS26 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Safari Rally P. Eklund D. Whittock #4 [UNKNOWN] SS12 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Safari Rally S. Munari I. Street #18 [UNKNOWN] SS65 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye de Portugal B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #3 [UNKNOWN] SS30 propshaft
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Kankkunen F. Gallagher #11 [UNKNOWN] SS28 steering
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Eklund D. Whittock #4 [UNKNOWN] SS23 crash
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #7 [UNKNOWN] SS32 engine
Ret. 1983 WRC Bandama Rallye J. Kankkunen D. Whittock #6 [UNKNOWN] SS8 flying service (OTL)