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Bitten by the Abflug Bug

Abflug has always tended to be a brand that absolutely polarizes people. You either love the styling or you hate it. That public acceptance (or lack thereof) hasn’t stopped a great many people tuning their cars in the most extravagant ways imaginable and during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, a lot of people were drawn to the outrageously stylized Abflug creations for the JZA80 Supra. No doubt, most of you reading this will have either heard of or seen something Abflug related during your time as an enthusiast.

One particular person who wanted to go even further than anyone else is Akihiro Tamura, who owns, arguably, the craziest JZA80 of them all. The “Abflug Schwarzer” as it is known, started life as a seed of thought, with Tamura correctly reasoning that the lustrous appeal of a swoopy Supra coupled with the flair and extravanance of an Abflug design was a road far less travelled but one he definitely had to explore.

So it was with this mindset that he contacted the President of Abflug, Uwabo Masamichi who, together with a team of designers in Japan, penned the elements to the car you see gracing the pages of this issues HyperTune magazine. Don’t let it’s debate enforcing exterior fool you, because this is no “flash-in-the-pan”, hard parking, hipster chariot. There are almost six hundred and twenty other reasons under the hood why you will need to read on some more and discover what lengths the Japanese will often go to in their pursuit for individuality and the perceived notions pertaining to perfection.

The Abflug Shwarzer is indeed unique. Tamura wanted a design that no one else had and Abflug duly accommodated the request, utilizing the skills of Super GT aerodynamicists to create never to be repeated design concepts for the car in collaboration with Tamura’s visions for the build.

Tamura’s love affair with all things Supra began in 2001 with the purchase of this 1999 vintage, 2JZ-GTE equipped chassis. It has culminated in a 12 year love affair with the platform and when I asked him why he chose a Supra in the first place, his answer was revealing. “A lot of people love the Supra since it is kind of like an accessible Japanese supercar. Naturally, I have had a lot of difficulties (with the car) since 2001 but I was lucky to discover a company like Abflug, who share the same passions as I do. Now that I have spent so many years with the chassis, I just can’t devote my time to any other platform. My goal was to push custom design and tuning for the JZA80 right to the limits and Abflug and Pentroof have helped me make that happen.”

There is a lot of method that has gone into the madness this build represents, with every aspect of tuning carefully considered. Painted in glossy Piano black, the entire kit is a bespoke creation, from the ostentatious hydraulic scissor doors, outlandish, Enzo-esque rear bumper assembly; beset with Ferrari tail lamps and underbody diffuser, to the extremely aggressive, custom front bumper that has been installed with bespoke HID headlights unlike anything you’ll ever see again.

If one can manage to tear their eyes away from the exterior, this black beast has enough tricks under the body and inside the car to keep even the most jaded enthusiasts entertained. Mechanically, the 2JZ was removed and sent to renowned engine tuning specialists Pentroof, where it was stripped and rebuilt from the ground up. Internally, the block remains standard but the heads were ported and polished by Pentroof along with the installation of lumpier cams; treatment that is part of their “Complete Tune” 2JZ engine packages. Giving the car adequate thrust is a tried and tested Trust T78-33D snail coupled to an F-Con V Pro engine management system. Abflug manufactured a one off, complete titanium exhaust system from the headers back to suit the build and this bulletproof gem of an engine produces a thick and juicy spread of torque and power. Its maximum shove of 620hp is developed at 4880rpm, which is backed up with a similarly broad amount of twist, with 880Nm of torque delivered at a user friendly 4460rpm.

Combined with the Getrag 6 speed, TRD limited slip differential and Exedy Hyper twin plate clutch and flywheel assembly, the “Abflug Schwarzer” is now able to sprint through the quarter mile at 10.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 201mph. That is serious performance for a build this intricate.

Suspending all this power is a set of Abflug’s own custom “European Taste” adjustable dampers and springs. Endless racing were brought in to take care of braking duties, supplying 6 pot calipers for the front and 4 pot calipers for the rear; the entire ensemble mated to slotted and ventilated oversize discs and Endless Racing brake pads.

Rolling stock was also provided by Abflug. 19 inch, multi spoke, Gran Revolfe Prism “Model II” wheels sit on each corner measuring a modest but functional 9J and -27 offset at the front with a 10J and -40 offset bringing up the rear. These jewels were then wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport rubber measuring 245/35 and 295/30 respectively, front to rear.

Swinging open and lifting up the surprisingly light carbon fiber clad doors of the Supra reveals a completely retrimmed and customized interior, dominated by that pair of carbon fiber shelled, Bride “Stradia Japan SPL” semi buckets. There are also swathes of red stitched, custom Abflug Alacantara adorning all surfaces of the interior, including the entire dash assembly, center console, shift boot and handbrake boot. Tamura controls all this via a 325mm Abflug Ital Spirit steering wheel and monitors the cars vital signs via a complete set of Defi Step-Master gauges. You’ll also notice a complete, padded, cage system has been installed that extends from the A pillars right through to the rear of the car, giving the chassis much needed rigidity.

The Abflug Schwarzer is a heady and intoxicating cocktail of style, function and pure dedication. Tamura’s goal was to create something uniquely memorable and pour every ounce of creative energy into a project that, eventually, culminated in critical acclaim at the Tokyo Auto salon in 2012. I had to ask the question though, “Why Abflug?”

Tamura’s second answer was equally as insightful as his first. “I have dreamed of cars since I was a child and my opinion was that Abflug was a creator of supercars. I decided that I would love to create my own and the spark for the project ignited what you see 12 years later.”

He pauses for a moment, thinking back to some long distance memory buried deep within his subconscious and then, looking up, exclaims, “I wanted to tell a story with this car. A story for young enthusiasts about what tuning really embodies. About pouring your passion into a project like this. I had these dreams as a young guy and now I feel like it’s my responsibility to encourage those dreams in others.”

“That is why I built the Abflug Schwarzer.”

Car: 1997 Toyota Supra JZA80
Engine: 2997 cc 2JZ-GTE
Tuning: PentRoof 2JZ “Complete Tune” kit
Turbo: Trust T78-33D
Engine Management: F-con V pro
Exhaust: Abflug custom titanium full system
Power: 620hp @ 4880rpm
Torque: 880Nm @ 4460rpm
Transmission: Getrag 6 speed manual
Clutch/Flywheel: Exedy Hyper twin-plate assembly
Differential: TRD 2 way limited slip differential
Body: Full custom “Abflug Schwarzer”
Suspension: Abflug ECS Air Suspension & Roberuta Cup Dampers
Doors: Carbon clad Abflug hydraulic
Seats: BRIDE Stradia Japan SPL
Steering Wheel: Abflug Ital Spirit 325φ Schwarzer One-Off
Audio: Full Clarion Cravia system
Interior trimming: Abflug Alacantara “European Taste”
Brakes/f: Endless Racing 6 pot calipers
Brakes/r: Endless Racing 4 pot calipers
Brake pads: Endless Carbon composite
Wheels: Abflug “Gran Revolfe Prism II”
Wheel Dimensions: F: 9.0J×19 -27  R: 10.0J×19 -40Tires: YOKOHAMA ADVAN SPORTS
Front Tires: 245/35ZR19
Rear Tires: 295/30ZR19
Top Speed: 201 mph
0-400m time: 10.8 sec

Text and Photos by Adam Zillin

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