Car Feature | Matt’s ke70
I have always felt that the best way to give a car that desired style is ride height and more importantly the wheels you put on it. Matt, one of my many ke70 chums, has been driving around this very clean example for a while now. The most interesting thing being that the wheels on it may not be what you think they are. You would be forgiven for thinking they are Hayashi Streets. I know this was my exact thoughts, and this is coming from someone who owns genuine copies of the things!
I spotted Matt driving this ke70 around a couple of months back. The quad lights and offset immediately took my attention and I realised this was not your average ke70.
Sporting a very healthy smallport 4a-ge, this corolla has a little bit more puff than most Corollas you would see roaming the streets of the Gold Coast.
Matching this with the perfect stance on those 15×8.5 Rota Shakotans makes for one amazing looking ke70.
There is a lot of discussion on Rota lately and their constant copying of wheels; I find the whole situation very interesting. On one hand, being someone that has paid in the thousands for genuine Hayashi Streets, I can certainly understand the anger that some people would have for these copies. The availability that these have will definitely reduce the worth of my genuine wheels.
On the other hand I love the idea of having such cheap wheels available. I would never sell my Hayashis in favor of these, but I would happily keep my genuine wheels and buy twice as many of these for spares for when I’m drifting… As far as I can tell, thats a win!
The interior of Matt’s car is very humble with just a good offset SAAS wheel and a drift button. I really love seeing Corollas that still have the majority of their interior left untouched. Being such light cars it almost makes no difference pulling that couple of grams worth of door card out.
Of course, Matt keeps a very close eye on those important things that keep our motors running.
As I mentioned before, I know there has been a lot of hate on Rota for some of the copies they have been bringing out. I definitely know there are people who prefer the genuine article and will happily pay the prices, myself included. But I think Matt has given us a perfect example of why you can never been too proud of what wheels you run.