Word, Spec V is an awesome car with lots of pull, especially in the lower end, which in most short races is where you want it. Like Stephen said try a few bolt ons like Intake
or try some weight reduction like a Carbon Fiber Hood
, which also looks super tight. Where the Celica is gonna win out is with style and also handling. Ask him to race you through some S curves, you've probably got a better chance there, especially if you know how far you can push your car through the turns.