A few of Japan’s professional drift teams have already gotten their hands on the new A90 Toyota Supra and are building them for competition in D1GP. In a new Option video, Notable AE86 aficionado and Toyota works driver Akira Iida drifts a brand new 2020 Supra before it is promptly torn down to become the D1 car of Masato Kawabata. What’s the first thing to go in? A 2JZ.
This isn’t just any 2JZ. It’s an HKS 3.4-liter stroker kit with billet counterweighted crank and nickel-plated pistons, capable of 1000 horsepower or so. Before it goes under the knife, Iida draws comparisons to the 2000GT, with its non-body-colored A-pillars and Nozaki Arc. Even the Supra’s Volk Racing TE037 wheels in gunmetal look somewhat evocative of the 2000GT’s magnesium units.
The car isn’t going fully Japanese, though. The transmission is a 5-speed sequential shift Samsonas from Lithuania and the the rear end is a quick-change diff from Winters Performance in the US. Such is the progress of the world and the D1 teams are not above evolving with the times, but when it comes to the motor, it seems Kawabata — as well as former champ of D1 and Formula D Daigo Saito — are sticking with the tried and true.