The worst thing about the new Supra is, well, the BMW part. That’s what people say anyway. They’re put off by the fact that the chassis is from BMW, but more importantly, that the engine is too. It’s the same single turbo 3.0-litre unit found in the M240i, and it’s sparked more controversy than Micheal Jackson at a kid’s party.
Obviously, they weren’t going to use the near-30-year old 2JZ in the new A90 Supra, but that doesn’t stop Formula Drift racer Daigo Saito from taking the baton and trying it himself. The car’s being built at Fat Five Racing which resides in Greater Tokyo and is owned by Saito, and is already well-known for the RWD drift-spec Lamborghini Murcielago they built a year or so back.
The 2JZ in question will produce around 800bhp with a displacement of only 3352cc and be surrounded by a widebody that is more than pleasing to the eye. Of course, the car will be setup to drift so expect a hydraulic handbrake, more steering angle, and a suspension setup to facilitate an incredible rate of acceleration and plenty of oversteer. Rumour has it that HKS will be getting involved with the build too, especially as they have often been involved with Saito’s previous builds.
We’ll finally get eyes on the project in action when it hits the D1GP All Star Shootout on 23 March in Odaiba, Tokyo. Until then, we have to do with photos. I’ll keep you updated as more info is released!