A year of mods went into this quarter-mile beast.
It's every car owner's worst nightmare: looking out at their driveway, where they keep their shiny new pride and joy, only to find that it's missing. It's a panic-inducing affair no matter the car, but it's especially hard to take when the car is an expensive, highly sought-after new sports car with thousands of dollars' worth of modifications.
That exact scenario is what played out for Mikey Botti of Milford, Connecticut, whose 2020 Toyota GR Supra drag car was taken from right in front of his home last week. According to a series of social media posts, thieves pulled up to his home in a black Infiniti sedan, bypassed the Supra's immobilizer, and drove off with it.
The thieves also managed to disable the 500-horsepower Supra's onboard tracking system so that it couldn't be found by satellite. Worse, the clock was ticking on its safe recovery; the car tuned to run on a mix of E50 and methanol, Mikey didn't reckon the motor would last very long driven on pump gas, should the thieves have to refuel.
Botti, desperate to get his car back, offered a $5,000 reward for the Supra's return, and $10,000 "if you bring the guy who stole it too," writing "I don't want another Supra. I want this Supra."
We're suckers for a happy ending, and thankfully, we can report that this story has one. Botti's 2020 Toyota Supra was spotted hiding under a tarp in a parking lot in New Haven, Connecticut the day after it was taken, seemingly without sustaining damage or losing any parts. We'd call that a lucky break, except that the Supra's distinctive side graphics and the stature of its owner likely played a big role in its recovery.
The Toyota Supra has a long history in drag racing, largely thanks to the Mk IV and its 2JZ inline-six - an engine with a reputation for being able to take monster abuse. It will be interesting to see if the new GR Supra, with its BMW-derived twin-turbo six, ever reaches the same level of popularity as a drag car.