2020 Toyota Corolla Build – Daily Driver Challenge – Part 3 of 4

2020 Toyota Corolla Build – Daily Driver Challenge – Part 3 of 4

Welcome to part three of
our four part miniseries on the Toyota Corolla Hatchback. As you can see, we’re
here at the race track to see just how
much quicker it goes after that last round of
modifications we gave it. (peppy music) (car engine roars) (cheerful music) If you’ve already
watched parts one and two of this miniseries,
then you’ll already know that we took what was a bone
stock 2020 Corolla Hatchback, this is the XSE model,
top of the line, and added a few
modifications to it to try to improve
its performance here at the race track, and make it more fun
on the street as well. At least, that’s our hope. And as you would have
seen in episode two, we equipped it with a
set of RS-R coilovers which has lowered it quite a bit and should reduce body roll by adding more spring rate
and dampers to match. We’ve equipped it with those very nice gold Volk TE37 SLs, and wrapped them in 255
Continental ExtremeContact Sport tyres which should add grip and has also added a fair
bit of section width. The stock cars are
225s by comparison. We’ve upgraded the front
brake pads to Hawk HPS 5.0s, so that should give
us more initial bite and better longevity out
here on the race track. Bigger temperature control range on that pad versus the OE pad. And of course, Pete put a
louder exhaust on the rear. We basically just removed
the muffler section, put a straight through
muffler in the back, which has added a
nice bit of sound, but it’s very subtle. I think it’s given it
a nice deeper tone, but it’s by no means
boomy or droney. It’s actually very
subtle, so it’s, I think quite a nice
upgrade on the car. And of course, we’ve done
that lip kit from Autotuned, is that’s what
they’re called, Pete? Autotuned out of California? They make this, I guess
it’s a three-piece kit, front lip, side skirts,
and some rear lip as well. Really gives the car
a little added style. And of course we added that dealer option rear
spoiler as well, which has just got that
more aggressive angle to it, gives it the, a bit
of a sportier look. So, we’re excited to get
out on the race track, see how much quicker it goes. I have no idea how much
quicker it’s gonna go. If you watched episode one, you’ll know that it
went at 133.2 around Toronto Motorsports Park here. And I’m hoping we
break the 130 barrier, but there’s only
one way to find out. So I’m gonna jump in that
thing and go for a rip! – It’s still quiet in here. – It’s quiet, but it is a
little bit sportier sounding. – It’s got that boom. – It’s got that little bit of
rumble to it, which is nice. – I’ll say, I think
it’s served its purpose. – It has, it’s given
just that like little bit of sound that you want.
– See you can hear it there. – Yeah, on decel you can hear
it and when you do a little heel-and-toe downshift,
you get a bit of a burble, which is nice. – Which is what you want. – It’s a very subtle
change though isn’t it? – It is, for sure it is and I
think that’s part of having, I think there’s a resonator,
there’s like two cats in the whole system so
it’s quite a lot going on. – There is for sure. – If we wanted to make more
sound we could have straight piped it, but I thought that
would kind of change the overall tone and add a lot of drone to it too.
– Character of the car, yeah. Yeah, no I think as a true
street car I think what we did was actually really nice,
I like how subtle it is. To live with this car
daily with anything louder wouldn’t be much
fun I don’t think. And wow it’s got a lot
sharper turning response. – No kidding, yeah! – Going to a wider
tyre with more grip and a stiffer
sidewall it’s like, – Going to a wider
tyre with more grip and we have put a little
bit of toe out in the front as well, a little bit of
a performance alignment. – Yep.
– And it does feel good. – Yeah I’m really curious to
see the times on this thing man, because those Continentals
work extremely well. – They do. I think the roll control,
like the body motion roll control seems
much improved too with these RS-R coilovers. – I’m having to grab
the handle here. Soon I’m gonna be going up here because the Gs are
noticeably different. – Yeah and I’m just kinda
cruising around right now. When we really let it
rip I think it’s gonna be quite a big difference
and obviously with the lower centre of gravity
having lowered the car, too it should help it a little bit and we’ve lowered it
like semi-aggressively. It looks really nice but
I don’t think we’ve thrown the suspension geometry
too far out of whack so… I think it should feel very
much at home on the race track with this setup and we
should mention we’ve turned the rear dampers up
to like 30 positions out of a possible 36
to try to help the car rotate a bit in the corners and got the front dampers
right in the middle of the adjustability
range, so… – The suspension’s absorbing
the bumps exceptionally well, man I’m impressed
with it, like this seems like it’s gonna
be a very good street slash track-oriented suspension where it’s leaning more towards the street because
the comfort, right? – I think so, yeah
it’s definitely more of a comfort setup
and I guess maybe it’s time to throw the lap
timer in here and go for a rip? – [Pete] Yeah I think it is DP. – All right guys, rolling out
onto TMPs road course here. It’s an 11-turn former
airport road course, so it’s nice and flat, very
safe, lots of big runoff areas. Really the only way you can
get yourself in trouble here is the front wall if you’re
doing something crazy out of the last corner, but
it’s a great test track, we test here all the time. If you’re a fan of
our channel you’ll see that we’re here all the time and I’ve got my race pack
vantage data acquisition system here plugged into
the OBD-II port plus it’s got GPS, 20 Hertz GPS. So I’ve got very accurate
data on here and being plugged into the OBD-II port
means I’ve got RPM, even shows me fuel level. I got coolant
temp, engine temps, all kinds of good stuff so… The main thing is though I’ve
got my lap timer running here, so we’ll see if we can
go a fair bit quicker than we did when the car
was 100 percent stock. Wow. Even just on the warmup lap,
it’s got a lot more grip. But, you do feel that lack of
a limited slip differential in the tighter corners
where it really struggles to put the grip down. So if we were really
wanting to build this thing as a track car, I think
the next thing would be to look at a limited slip
differential, wouldn’t it? Here we go across the
line on our first hot lap down the front straight and
wow, we definitely are carrying more speed because I was
almost into the next gear there where on the factory
set up, we weren’t. So yeah, I’m having to shift
earlier in turn one there, too. Gonna have to really take a
look at my shift points here. Yeah, and these hot
breaks definitely add a fair bit more stopping
power or at least stronger initial bite, gives
it a much more responsive feel on the brake pedal when
you first go to the brakes. And yeah, the grip
level is so much higher with these Contis. Handling balance is good. Really not struggling with
any kind of understeer. And the grip level is so
much higher on these tyres having to kind of rethink
my strategy a bit here. (engine revs) And the grip level is so
much higher on these tyres Grip levels through the roof
through that dogleg section, which was one of the faster
corners on the track here. Oh, I hear a little
tyre rub there. We were bragging earlier
about how these 255s aren’t going to rub and I
think I did just rub a little Oh, I hear a little
tyre rub there. Trying to use all the grip I
can get out of these Contis and they are hanging
in there awfully well. There’s no sign of any
tyre drop-off at all. I can smell the brakes. They’re starting to
get a little bit grumpy There’s no sign of any
tyre drop-off at all. This is not a track pad. Hawk did offer to make us
some dedicated track pads for the car, but we
wanted to try a pad that was like
realistically a street pad that could take some track duty and I got say, so far they’re
hanging in there very well. But they are starting to
smell a little grumpy, which tells me that we’re
overheating them a little bit, but they’re not
losing any bite yet, which is really
quite impressive. All right, guys,
that’s three hot laps. We are done and the
news is good, everybody. The news is good. All right, everybody. You can see I did
a best of a 1:29.7. Just three and a half
seconds faster than we went when the car was bone stock. So, a very sizable improvement. I’m pretty stoked on that. I think the car responded
exceptionally well to those modifications and the
grip level was so much higher on those Continental tyres. It really, even though it was
the same tread wear rating as the all seasons
the car comes on, on those Continental tyres. a true performance
tyre really does make a big, big difference. having that wider tyre,
a true summer tyre, a true performance
tyre really does make is really still just a high
performance street pad. It’s not really a track pad, but they did start to smell a
little grumpy on the last lap, but they took a beating and
the pedal never got soft. They always had good bite. So, impressed by the
performance of the pads. The suspension was really good, but it does have more body roll than I was maybe anticipating. Pete and I are more
accustomed to using like more like race spec
coilovers, so I would say that these RS-Rs are
much more street-oriented than they are track-oriented. The car still corners
flatter than it does stock, but there’s still
enough body roll there that the front de-weighted
side of the car, that inside tyre would
lose a bit of grip and then when it would
come back down again coming into the corners, I
could feel like the front tyres that inside tyre would
lose a bit of grip So, if the car had a
limited slip differential, coming into the corners, I
could feel like the front tyres coming out of the corners
a lot better than it does. And that might be the next
logical step with this car if we were to try to make it
more and more track-focused. But I’m really happy with
the way it performed today. I really couldn’t ask for more. Just taking a quick look
here on the Racepak D3 app, looking at our lateral or
cornering G-forces there and I can see we pulled
1.1 Gs in the corners, where prior on the stock
tyres we pulled 0.98 Gs. So we picked up over 0.1 of G, which doesn’t sound like a lot, where prior on the stock
tyres we pulled 0.98 Gs. that is a big
improvement in G-force. There you go for a
little data recap. I think maybe now it’s
time for Pete and I to jump in this
thing and drive home and give you some street
driving impressions ’cause really this is still
very much a street car. All right, PT, we’re
cruising home now and I should say that
we’ve both spent some time driving this on the street
now and, man, I’ve got to say, I’m really impressed by the
ride quality of these coilovers. – They’re fantastic. Some of the best
street coilovers I’ve actually ever ridden on. As you mentioned in
a previous episode, I think they put the
engineering into making sure that these are going to
be compliant on the street and man, they’ve
really delivered. – They have. The amount of ride harshness
that we’ve added is so low. I don’t think we’ve ever
modified a car before where the compromise
is so subtle. Like, it’s just driving down
a country road like this, which isn’t the smoothest road, there’s just very
little increase in NPH. Like, it’s still so comfortable. I would say just the
high speed bumps, like the really bad cracks, those are a little more
jarring than before because we have
higher spring rates. – Yeah, and we’re on
a lower profile tyre, a little bit stiffer. – True. – Yeah, and we’re on
a lower profile tyre, – Yeah, that definitely
makes a difference. – There is that to add
into the whole element, – tyre as well, so. it’s improved the ride for me. It’s kind of gotten rid of a
little bit of that mushiness, that vague feeling that you have with the stock
suspension, right? – Yeah, it’s definitely
added a level of immediacy to the steering response. You feel more connected
to the car now. And, to gain that for
the small amount of loss of like NPH is, I think,
a great trade off. For enthusiasts like us, I’ll
take this set up all day long. I really, super impressed
by how comfortable the car has remained. – And it’s been a car that
you can live with every day. Driving it to and
from work has been, you know, you don’t
really notice a difference between it being stock and
modified other than the fact that you said, it’s just
like little harshness in the high speed
bumps and that noise. – [Man] Yeah. – The sound in it is
absolutely perfect. I think in the cabin, it’s
just a little bit more deeper and I think before there was
no noise from the exhaust. – There was no
exhaust noise, yeah. – Now, you have that. So, I want to pat
myself on the back for building a good
exhaust system. – Yeah, you did a great job. – And Vibrant for making a good straight through muffler
that works exceptionally well in this case, right? I mean, for us, I think
we’ve built a great car that’s good for daily use and that you can use
at the race track but why don’t you guys
tell us in the comments, you know, because obviously
we’re fans of this, but what do you guys think? – Yeah. Should we have gone more
extreme in certain areas? Would you have done
things differently? By all means, let us know. And, I think in
the next episode, we have something pretty cool
to share with you guys, too, where we’re going to, I don’t want to spoil
the surprise, PT. Let’s just say, the
final episode’s going
to be very special and you’re going to get an
independent opinion on the car. So it’s not just us telling
you what a great job we did. We’ll find out what
someone else really thinks. So stay tuned for that everyone and thank you very
much for watching. (car engine revs)
(tyres squeal)

100 thoughts on “2020 Toyota Corolla Build – Daily Driver Challenge – Part 3 of 4

  1. Nice tasteful mods

  2. What's missing : TRD intake and Progress rear sway bar. But depending on when this was filmed, they may not have been available yet. Rocking the progress RSB on mine, and it did wonders for controlling the body roll and helping with rotation. Up next I am replacing the RSR Super Down springs with RSR coilovers. Just because of the lack of aftermarket upgraded struts and shocks. Not even a TRD option 🙁

  3. Great job. TRD, TOM’S, Gazoo, etc… would be proud. It’s actually a good looking car.

  4. Why? Why a corrolla? Why spend close 10k on it when u can buy a car that will beat it for 10k and have this as a dd, i love you guys but this are more commercials than they are serious car comparo and mods. Between this and those german cars i hardly see ur channel anymore, pony cars is the name of the game
    Right now

  5. Nice improvement! I would like to see a Civic sport hatch manual out there.

  6. get the eibach anti-roll kit for it

  7. which vibrant muffler is that

  8. Fantastic detail on a realistic review!

  9. Idk why but I've slowly lost interest in ice. I'd love to see Tesla cars or electric swapped cars. Hope I don't make some of y'all mad saying that

  10. Less Corolla more Evo

  11. Looks pretty old. Sill no LSD and has a bus shifter lol….

  12. The amound of road noise in these fucking things is ridiculous….

  13. Nice work boys. A little more go and an lsd and it would be perfect

  14. With that Canadian accent, I keep hearing lift kit when he talks about a lip kit…

  15. Add turbo/ or supercharger in it. an injection

    LSD is waiting

  16. Speed academy carolla vs MCM yaris hilton??????

  17. These toyotas are sick

  18. Needs a turbo or supercharger to deserve that look imo. This thing screams hot hatch, but a stock civic si from years ago would still be faster.

  19. I want more Moose

  20. Track footage on point! We need this more often! Good one guys!

  21. lookin good, was thinking of one of these but got a si instead

  22. damn thats a good looking car. and you can fit your dog in there too. nice results btw

  23. I never noticed these Corollas on the road until this color came out. Such a good looking car, the front looks aggressive for a hatchback and the proportions are good too. I'd proudly drive one of those everyday.

  24. Pretty impressive with the time improvement!! I'm interested to see what you guys do for the last episode!!

  25. …jeez…this things looks phenomenal rolling…more power + rwd/awd…perfection…


  27. if you guys adjust the front alignment to 0 toe or about 1/32 toe out you will like the front feel better

  28. 4.312:1 final drive a la GTS and helical lsd

  29. I don't like Toyota generally speaking, buy this one with wheels and lowering springs cought my attention. I wish it's RWD, it's be perfect.

  30. I would just add a LSD and some stiffer swaybars and call it a day.

  31. Great B roll at the track, shows the car nicely through the track. Perfect amount of regular folk mods anyone can do. 😎👍

  32. Really cool to see local content!

  33. too much tire for little hp. slow fwd cars dont need 255. unless u upgrade power

  34. I guess Fredrick Ashbo is the surprise. Lol

  35. Classy upgrades!

  36. I kinda want one personally however I've been on the fence. Nice job!

  37. That car is junk mods or no mods #SorryNotSorry

  38. did you corner weight the car?

  39. Why vid is out so late?

  40. Is this car RWD or FWD?

  41. You guys need to get Tom's exhaust

  42. This over civic. Come at me bruh.

  43. Wagon not hatchback

  44. My 09 corolla has a LSD, good work.

  45. Nice improvement. A little over 3 sec is great

  46. What is NPH?

  47. Feels like Toyota has the bones to create a hot hatch from the factory. Great video, nice looking and performing build.

  48. Wait…a stock Corolla pulls .98g on the track??

  49. Damn you guys just make me want to spend money on every car I see on your channel

  50. At least take of the resonator….

  51. The corolla looks good, but the xse model has the same price with gtgti, even higher in some dealers. from driving or tracking perspectivf, why not gti?

  52. 1:21 voice crack loool

  53. I love this car so much but I wish Toyota puts a modern 2.0l turbo engine with 200hp in it like the 1.2l turbo version we have in Europe which is peppy and super fuel efficient

  54. Only good looking car. But no power🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  55. who the fuck mods a corolla lmao.I have one and that car is just boring and meant to be daily driven and outlast the competition,not being modded lol.

  56. Surprised you haven't gone to a rear bar. Front drive and a rear bar makes a big difference.

  57. Awesome video guys. Please do a lsd, an turbo video, on the corrolla. Them wheels look mint same as that lip,

  58. is this corolla like the xrs?

  59. Extend the build!!!!

  60. it looks and sounds way to good to not be rear wheel 🙁

  61. Ppl with the 2019 corolla sedans are mad assfff. cause them 2020 jawnnns goddamn !!! 😂😂😍

  62. 255 tires are wayy too big, shouldn't go more than 245

  63. It looked ok in stock trim but now it's great looking car. Definitely a car that I'd buy with my own money.
    I'd go as far to say that Toyota should really take a look at what you guys have done with it as if Toyota released say a Sports model based on what your car it's bound to be a hit……
    On the surprise I'll take a guess – you are going to get thatdudeinblue to review it?

  64. I love this car…I just test drove a 2020 XSE sedan with a cvt and the transmission was of course a let down.

  65. All that money spent on the car and its still slow ass shit LOL

  66. Can you guys PLEASE turn on the cool LED DRLs when driving?…Every Corolla Hatchback I see no one has them on!…Geesh!…lol..
    Need a Beefy Rear Sway Bar too!….Maybe a Front Strut Bar….I cant wait too own one of these 1 day!!!!

  67. Damn, never thought I'd be interested in a Corolla. Love the series!

  68. Yawn

  69. All of a sudden everyone likes the Corolla Hatchback

  70. The entire build makes sense and has been great to watch. This little hatch caught my eye from day one and you are giving me a small bit of buyers remorse for picking a Golf instead. Big shout out to Straight Pipes for the footage! Love seeing the quality content creators starting to work together.

  71. i hate the tablet screen

  72. Nice looking 4door ford…

  73. Car looks great Dave.

  74. Fingers crossed that a company starts making turbos for this car. If the turbo kits at least get this car to 210 I wouldn’t care. I just want a turbo for it lol

  75. Wow now I want a Corolla

  76. Ooooof the car is beautiful Im getting one and hopefully aftermarket parts become more available soon

  77. It’s begging for a turbo and a straight pipe

  78. An anti-roll bar will help alot with the body roll

  79. This is awesome, it's cool to see a normal car set up for track.

  80. The RSR coilovers being streetable is a good thing. I got KW v1 on my car and the front is so stiff. The car has snap understeer at the limit. Which of course kills any envy to push it.

  81. What's that expression, "you can't make silk from a sow's ear" or words to that effect? How much $$$ did you spend to drop the lap time 3 seconds? Put that towards the purchase of a better, faster car. That suspension change was amusing, the in car footage showed how much it bounced around like a Pogo stick. When did a toe adjustment qualify as a competition "alignment" on a McPherson strut front end? And don't forget your fart pipe Sport Compact Car exhaust. Thanks for the laugh.

  82. I love to see this kind of videos , for the next one you should make a poll to choose the next project car to see in the channel

  83. Are those authentic TE37SL? Or china specials?

  84. Anyone else wish this series was like 10 parts? Seriously guys can you drag this out a little longer? Or do the same thing with like a 2020 base Veloster or something? Ive watched each video in this series at least three times

  85. Nice! Toyota needs to take note of this and the Veloster N/Type R and respond accordingly. I was considering getting a new Corolla last year, but the Veloster won the styling/price/performance awards IMO. Now, if Toyota had a Corolla trim with your performance upgrades, then I may have considered otherwise.

  86. You gotta add some boost to that

  87. Please do a 10 gen civic si build !!!!

  88. Looks like you could have gone with a bit of a smaller wheel so you have more sidewall. Since it's for mostly street use and, let's face it, it's a Corolla so it won't be competitive enough to have fun compared to other platforms within the same price bracket. Most of its life will be spent going from point a, to point b, ferrying people. More sidewall means better comfort at the expense of turn in response, which for street use is a fair trade off. It also means that if someone uses it and doesn't know how to properly parallel park, there's more rubber there to help keep the wheels rash free…unless the person driving it is a hopeless case, then you can say you've wasted your money. Now, unless Toyota has unlocked the ECU and allowed tuners to play around so you can upsize injectors, add forced induction, and adjust ignition and AFR, the only way to make this platform faster is to lighten it and to make it handle. I'm all for that, but then it might lose functionality and comfort when used for the street. In terms of handling, you've done well with coilovers. I forgot to check if you added swaybars. I think the only other thing you can do then is to fine tune your alignment and slightly alter toe to compensate for push understeer. But then, could you justify spending the money on a platform that will lose to…pretty much every other car within the same price range?

  89. This Corolla looks amazing really wish they offered a turbo version

  90. The spoiler in black might’ve looked cool

  91. Build a turbo!!!

  92. I really enjoy this balanced daily build, but I just feel like a Konig wheel would be much more appropriate for the price point. Those wheels are like 15% of the car's MSRP.

  93. I'm between Corolla xse and Mazda 3 sky activ X 🤔

  94. I own one. Can’t complain. Sure it’s not gonna beat any sport car but I am not planning on racing with anyone. I love what they did with body and I love my hatch

  95. ok got to stop calling the tires "conties", reminds me of my mother asking for "nappies".. weird as fuck

  96. Maybe I missed it, but did they put stiffer strut bars and sway bars?

  97. Driving a slow car fast is always rewarding. This probably the best looking hatch out there, besides the type r. An that's coming from a honda lover from over 20 years.

  98. How is it a manual I’ve tried to build and price my own and manual trans isn’t an option ? Wtf

  99. Please do a 2.0T Camaro build.

  100. I would have gone with an 8.5" +38 TE37. Would sit in about 5mm from these, save a few lbs, and still be able to fit a 245 or 255 tire on comfortably.

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