When last we met with Nick Long, he was surprising anyone willing to take a run at his turbo Cobalt SS. Since then, he’s made a slight upgrade to his garage.
He picked up a 1997 15th Anniversary Limited Edition twin turbo Supra after selling his Cobalt. The Cobalt was cool, but this Supra is a thing of legend. It’s the car people aspire to own, and Nick finally got his… Then sent it off to get some work done.
The car got a full detail, a nice 4 inch straight pipe exhaust and a few under-hood “accessories”
A Precision T78 turbo sits in place of the factory twin turbos, with a K&N filter keeping the nasty stuff that could get sucked in to it or the motor out. Custom piping feeds the charged air into a custom front mount, and then in to a factory throttle body and manifold. A Greddy boost controller keeps the pressure at 22psi, which is a nice number but meaningless without proper fueling…
Which is provided by a pair of Walbro fuel pumps and kept in check with an Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator. These few parts, and some careful tuning, yields 610 horsepower at the wheels, and 588 lb/ft of torque. 610whp on an internally stock motor. The stoutness of the 2JZ is one of the reasons why people are still clamoring for these cars fifteen years after American importation stopped.
That, and because it is still a gorgeous car in factory trim. This isn’t factory. It’s been lowered two inches, had a set of BBS wheels fitted and has a VIS carbon fiber hood in place of the stock metal hood. No crazy bumpers, fenders, graphics, wings. Nothing to distract from the classic JDM lines.
Except maybe a little tire smoke…
Words and photos by Michael Chandler
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