The world’s first 2JZ-swapped Toyota Supra A90 is ready for some serious drifting, as Daigo Saito’s new competition car has been completed.
Thanks to a new video from Saito’s sponsor Monster Energy we get to learn new things about the spectacular drift car and see it in action burning lots of rubber while going sideways.
As you can imagine, the 2JZ-GTE 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six sourced from the previous-generation Supra A80 has undergone significant changes. The displacement has gone up to 3.4 liters courtesy of an HKS 3.4L kit and a massive HKS GTIII-4R turbocharger replaced the stock twin turbos.
As a result, the 2JZ-GTE has been boosted to 800 horsepower and a peak torque of 883 Nm (651 lb-ft). That’s 465 horses and 286 lb-ft (387 Nm) more than what the stock Supra A90’s BMW-sourced B58 six delivers. Saito also wanted the engine to feature a wastegate dump for the turbocharger that pierces through the hood just in front of the driver.
Amazingly, it took Saito’s team only 42 days to build the Supra drift car despite the massive changes involved. Mind you, it wasn’t just engine work; the competition vehicle also features a custom drift suspension, wider tracks and wider wheels, stripped-out interior with roll cage and all the necessary safety features, a widebody kit, aerodynamic modifications and much more.
Interestingly, Saito’s project seems to have been supported by Toyota Gazoo Racing and we’re not saying that just because the car features Gazoo decals. At the beginning of the video, you’ll see that he received a camouflaged Supra A90 donor car, which means work on the drift car project quite likely started before the official launch of the fifth-gen Supra.