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Mighty Car Mods reveal the cheapest way to turbo charge a Toyota Yaris

Published: 23/Jan/2020 12:41 Updated: 23/Jan/2020 12:45

by David Purcell


Buying a $169 turbo charger on Ebay and attaching it to a car might sound like a crazy idea right off the bat, but two popular Australian YouTubers went one step further by sticking it on possibly the most unfitting vehicle you could imagine. 

Mighty Car Mods is an incredibly popular car modding YouTube channel, ran by both Blair Joscelyne and Martin Mulholland, who often present their audiences with different vehicle modification challenges – with some wonderful, and others pretty wacky.

This time it was certainly on the wackier side of things as the pair shocked viewers by trying to attach a budget turbocharger, which they suspected was a direct copy of another manufacturer sold online for cheap, to a mighty Toyota Yaris. Or as they called it, their very own ‘Yaris Hilton.’

Explaining the project they were undertaking, they posted the following in the video description: “After buying the cheapest Yaris we could find, we realized that it had a 1.3L engine instead of the more powerful 1.5. So we did the only logical thing and engine swapped a 1.8 from a Corolla. But now we’re looking at launching into the stratosphere with even more power.”

Martin underneath a Toyota Yaris
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Martin and Blair certainly enjoyed the challenge of turbo charging their Toyota Yaris.

They did, however, run into some difficulties while working on the car. With the engine sitting in the way of where the turbocharger was going to need to be placed, some things needed moving around slightly.

So, coming up with a creative solution as always, Martin loosened some bolts and twisted the turbocharger into position to make some space. While he was working on the car, Martin made an interesting comparison to one of Volkswagen’s vehicles.

He said: “This [after the mods] is basically a Golf R because the turbo is going to be in the same place as a Golf R, and it’s a four cylinder, it’s going to be powerful, reliable, stylish, and mildly boring but awesome at the same time.”

Timestamp in the video below at 7:33.

After making a few more steps to get that turbo locked in tight and ready to go, the modders took some time to discuss just how much this customization cost them for the making of the video, compared to what it would be for the general public when buying a kit.

“We’re looking at, including the manifold, around 910 US dollars for all of the hardware to turbo the car. Now, that doesn’t include management, as you’ve put more air in the car so now you need more fuel,” Martin said, before breaking down the conversion rates for different countries.

That means that to turbo a very much not non-turbo vehicle like the Toyota Yaris, the boys spent $1,322 (AUD) or £700, for those interested in giving something like this a try themselves. The price, they estimate, to get this type of hardware job done using a kit – including labor – would be around $3,195 (USD).

With some things to tidy up after the video came to a close, expect to see the finished article roaring across the road in a future Mighty Car Mods video on their YouTube channel.


TikTokker explains how she managed to live in her car for over a year

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam


TikTok star Nikita Crump has managed to pull off the incredible feat of living in her car, a 2012 Honda Civic, for over one year. Now, she has explained how she was able to pull it off in a new YouTube video.

Crump’s journey began in a video first uploaded on November 3, 2019 where she explained how she officially told her landlord she would be moving out of her home and into her car.

According to Crump, this wasn’t some impromptu decision and she had been spending a few months actively thinking about it before taking the plunge.

TikTok star Nikita crump lives in car
Nikita has been living in her car for over a year.

Despite having a nice house with affordable rent and good roommates, she felt moving into her car was something she “had to do.”

Since then, she has successfully spent a whole year living in her car and marked the anniversary of her first night by explaining how she is able to stay cool or warm at night.

In the backseat of her car, the YouTuber keeps a pillow and too fuzzy blankets which she uses to cover herself up.

Along with her sweatpants and sweatshirt, she is able to stay warm even in the winter months. However, occasionally she has to put a jacket on if it’s ever especially cold outside.

“In Northern California, a lot of the warmer days are still cool nights, so I’m fortunate that most nights throughout the year are totally bearable, but there’s totally been the occasion where it is hot, I am sweating and I wear as minimal clothing as I can,” she explained.

Luckily, she also has a rechargeable fan which can help her get through the night if need be despite only staying charged for one day.

@nikitaraschellYeah, I’m homeless. I live in my civic, I shower at my gym, and I’m just your average gal. ##whatsinmybag ##hotelcivic ##homeless ##sponsorme♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei

In addition to just staying cool, the TikTok sensation also revealed she showers at the gym and keeps plenty of personal hygiene products inside her bag including shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to name a few.

Now, Crump is hitting the road and embarking on a two-month-long trip around the United States where she’ll be documenting her experiences.

The entertainer’s decision to live in her car has paid dividends, as she currently has over one million followers on TikTok.