This was always going to happen sooner or later.
Not everyone loves the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. Whereas the last-generation A80 model was powered by Toyota’s legendary 2JZ inline-six, the new model uses a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbo that sends 335 hp through an automatic transmission. This change has upset some enthusiasts, but it was necessary to reduce development costs since sports cars don't sell as well as they used to. Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t taken long for someone to transplant Toyota’s 2JZ engine into the new Supra.
Earlier this month, California-based tuning house CX Racing announced it will start selling 2JZ engine swap packages for the new Supra, but Japanese drifter Daigo Saito has already beaten them to it and has built the world’s first 2JZ-swapped 2020 Toyota GR Supra.
Details about the new Supra drift car are scarce but photos uploaded on social media reveal some significant changes have been made to the Japanese sports car including an additional rear-mounted radiator for extra cooling capacity. Unlike the road car, it also has a manual gearbox. The project appears to still be a work-in-progress, as the wider tires will need to be covered by some wheel arch extensions. Converting the Supra A90 road car into a 2JZ-powered drift car is said to have taken just 42 days.
The 2JZ-GTE twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine has been tuned to produce a whopping 800 hp, which should allow Saito to perform some spectacular tire-smoking slides in the Supra. Saito says he based his new drift car on the new Supra because the A90 has a short wheelbase and compact body, making it easy to control during drifting. It also has low running costs.
We’ll get to see Saito’s JZ-powered Supra A90 drift car in action later this month when it makes its public debut on March 23 in Tokyo at the D1 Grand Prix All-Star Shoot Out.