Finding the balance between streetcar and race car is no easy task. Sprinkle some money over it and just about anybody can make a chassis and an engine perform better than when it rolled out of the factory. Of course, it's easy to get carried away and cross the threshold to race car territory, where a car's legality is questionable. More often than not, it's the Toyota Supra crowd that experiences this struggle, especially with the potent 3.0L twin-turbocharged 2JZ-GTE. Supra owners will tell you that it doesn't take much to make the car go fast. For Joe Recinos, it hasn't been easy ignoring that inner voice chanting "race car" when it came to his '95 Supra.
For starters, Joe's Supra is really one of a kind all things considered. The excellent Midnight Purple II paint isn't something you could've purchased from Toyota 20 years prior—it's a custom shading Joe concocted himself. The taillights may look like stock '98 sections, however they are really redone LED lights. Rather than a colossal wing numerous Supra proprietors decide on, Joe ran with a Rocket Bunny-style duckbill spoiler. Also, instead of staying with one brand on the outside, Joe blended and coordinated styles utilizing Do-Luck and Varis Ridox parts.
Dig a little deeper and you'll notice this California-driven MK4 is right-hand drive. "I did the conversion about four years ago since I wanted my Supra to be different from others out here in Southern California. To my knowledge, I was one of the very few, if not the first right-hand drive that was cruising the streets," Joe explains. To this day, Joe is still one of the few RHD Supras in North America.
Now let's circle back to the inevitability of building a "race car." You're probably wondering what kind of turbo Joe went with and more importantly, how much power it makes. The 2JZ-GTE's stock turbos were tossed for a single Precision 6870 turbo along with a laundry list of go-fast parts. All said and done, Joe's Supra puts down 833 whp to the rear wheels—more powerful than most modern supercars like the Ferrari 488 or Lamborghini Aventador.
Originally, Joe was using a five-speed R154 but has recently switched over to a V160 six-speed transmission mated to a triple-plate OS Giken clutch. With almost triple the power Toyota intended for the Supra to have, Joe had to beef up the rear end with a Driveshaft Shop full 9-inch Ford unit with limited-slip and a 4-inch driveshaft. For suspension, Joe went with Fortune Auto's 500 series that utilizes a new air piston cup system to battle the notoriously crappy Los Angeles streets while also giving him the handling performance needed for track days.
Original published at "superstreetonline" website.