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Sparks Will Fly

The Toyota Supra has long been associated as one of the greats from Japan, along with the Nissan Skyline GT-R and Honda NSX. The JZA80 Supra, born in the 90s, was a big leap forward from its previous generations, and allowed Toyota to flex its technological muscles. With the Supra, Toyota wanted to show the world that they are capable of building a high quality sports car to challenge the likes of well known brands, such as Ferrari and Porsche.

The engineering and technology that went into the car was way ahead of its time; sequential turbocharging, multi-link suspension, ABS with traction control, Aluminium Alloy components, Dual SRS Airbags, and optional items such as adjustable headlights and adjustable front splitter. The bullet-proof 2JZ-GTE engine is an amazing piece of work and is well known to be able to take up to 600 bhp with stock internals, thanks to its iron block and semi-forged pistons. It’s because of this level of performance with reliability that many enthusiasts and tuners today still hold the Supra in high regards.

The Supra has been around throughout various tuning trends; wangan racing, track performer & time attack, dyno king, and Auto Salon show car. In America, it became one of the most distinctive figures during the boom of the “Tuner” culture, partially thanks to its appearance in the 2001 movie “The Fast and the Furious”. Once again, the Supra is making its presence known, this time round in the extreme sport of professional drifting.

A Supra built for drifting is a relatively new concept to the scene. In the past the Supra was criticized for being bulky, too nose heavy and having a small turning angle, thus making it unsuitable for drifting. Though several teams attempted to have a go, it wasn’t particularly successful, and many preferred using smaller RWD cars, such as the Silvia and the AE86 Corolla. Only in recent years, as the sport became more competitive and teams began pushing for higher horsepower machines, did the Supra come back into the limelight. Iconic drivers, like Manabu Orido and Fredric Aasbø, have made a name for themselves in the professional drift scene, and helped to elevate the Supra’s menacing reputation.

Like in many other parts of the world, using a Toyota Supra will definitely make your presence known, especially here in South East Asia. For Spark Motorsports, when they needed a car to compete in the professional drift scene, it had to be Supra. And it wouldn’t be any ordinary Supra either, oh no. This Supra was built by professional drifter Daigo Saito, and used to belong to him!

The first thing that captures your attention is the Supra’s body kit, which is currently the most sought after kit for Supra owners. This is a complete orginal Ridox wide-body kit, which is owned by none other than Manabu Orido, who happens to be Saito’s friend and rival on the race track. The front splitter, canards, side mirrors, rear diffuser and trim pieces are all made from real carbon fiber, as expected of the high quality from Ridox. The rear carbon fiber GT wing is another special item from Japan, courtesy of tuning garage Koguchi Power, owned by fellow D1 drifter Yoshinori Koguchi.

A good tuner will know that you can build up a 2JZ-GTE with very minimal effort. Built on stock internals, this particular 2JZ is fitted with a hefty sized single Trust T78 turbocharger. This helps the engine to easily produce approximately 650 hp and is sufficient for utilizing reliable and responsive power. The turbocharger is fed air through a GReddy intake pipe and a Blitz air filter, and cooled down through a HKS GT Intercooler.

To accompany the increase in horsepower, a set of Sard 1000cc injectors were installed. These are some serious hardware, considering that the factory injectors are already 440cc capacity. Engine response is an important factor as well for professional drifting, so a set of HKS cam pulleys with 272-degree camshafts were installed. Helping to tame that mighty T78 turbocharger is a HKS F-CON V Pro with a GReddy Profec E-01. The power is transferred via Getrag 6-speed manual transmission, which is kept factory for reliability purposes, and locked down to the 19×10 inch Prodrive GC-010G wheels with grippy Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R tyres. Stopping comes from a factory 4-pot calipers front and 2-pot calipers rear, but the brake pads are upgrade to Project Mu items.

The Supra already has a strong and stiff chassis. This car is designed to be absolutely stable and comfortable at high speeds, so engineering it to go sideways takes some clever knowhow. For a professional drift car, it is best to use a competition spec suspension kit, and no one does it better than DG5. This particular kit is specialized for the drifting, with competition springs, and full adjustability for camber, height, stiffness, bound and rebound. The factory steering is actually pretty inadequate for drifting, so to increase the steering angle a custom front super angle knuckle kit was made by Daigo Saito.

Step into the office, and you’ll find it completely stripped bare. The cabin is fitted with an FIA spec weld on roll cage for increased body rigidity and safety, as per competition regulations. A pair of Bride bucket seats with Sparco harnesses was installed to help the driver keep his butt firmly planted in. Replacing the factory passenger airbag is a set of Omori gauges, and to give the cabin a simpler look the door cards were replaced with sheet metal.

As a fellow Toyota Supra owner, it gives me great joy to see more and more Supras actively competing in professional motorsports, especially seeing one built by Daigo Saito. If only I myself could put in 15 grand or more to get overnight parts from Japan…

Car: Toyota Supra JZA80
Engine: 2JZ-GTE 3.0 liter 6-cylinder turbocharged, Trust T78 turbocharger, Blitz air filter, GReddy intake pipe, HKS 272-degree camshafts, HKS cam pulley, Sard 1000cc injectors, HKS GT intercooler
Electronics: HKS F-CON V Pro, GReddy Profec E-01, Omori gauge set
Transmission: V160 Getrag 6-speed manual transmission with LSD
Chassis & Handling: DG5 full adjustable kit, custom made front super angle knuckle kit by Daigo Saito
Brakes: Factory 4-pot calipers front, 2-pot calipers rear, slotted disc, Project Mu brake pads
Wheels & Tyres: Prodrive GC-010G – 19x10JJ, Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R tyres
Interior: FIA spec weld on roll cage, sheet metal door cards, Bride bucket seats, Sparco harness, Momo steering wheel
Exterior: Complete original Ridox wide-body kit, Koguchi Power carbon fiber GT wing
Garage: Spark Motorsports

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