Jul 9, 2014

The Unicorn Supra

If in the car scene, nobody would want to be seen in a stock ride. But as time passes by finding a stock performance car is becoming harder and harder each day. Recently I had a chance to shoot a (almost) stock Toyota Supra. It even rolls on stock wheels.
 Out in the market, there is still a big demand for stock rides like this. A lot of people with plans to tune their ride looks for a stock ride for many reasons. Firstly, it is a blank canvas thus easier to plan the build. Another reason would be because one will encounter less problems.
The Toyota Supra was first produced as the Celica XX in 1978. Instead of using the normal Celica engine at the time, it ran on a inline 6 2.0L M-EU, a 2.6L 4M-E and a 2.8L 5M-E engine. Later came the Mark 2, Mark 3 and finally the latest Supra JZA80 Mark 4 running on a 3.0L 2JZ-GTE.
The Toyota Supra JZA80 was first produced in 1992. The chassis uses the same subframe, suspension layout and drivetrain as the Z30 Soarer. The JZA80 is known to be a tight competitor to the Nissan Skyline for years and still a very talked-about rivalry.

The Supra started gaining mainstream popularity in the US when it was featured in the first movie from the Fast And Furious franchise. Since then it has been a popular tuning platform in America. Reason was the engine can be boosted to 500bhp on stock internals and it was actually capable to outrun most supercars at the time. Note in the FnF movie when Brian's orange Supra outran a Ferrari 355 Spyder.
All in all, it is now a modern day classic yet still relevant to the tuning scene of the world. Despite being more than 20 years old, fans still drool over the Supra. Either if it is the whole car or the 2JZ-GTE engine. Nowadays the 2JZ has regained popularity in Formula Drift since it is now a popular power plant for various drivers like Daigo Saito and Ken Gushi. Despite being old, it is still relevant. Catch us in our next post when we show you a fully built Supra.

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