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Commute, Toy or Destroy – Iconic Japanese Sports Cars

Which 90's Japanese Sports Car Would You Destroy?

 |  Apr 20 2013, 10:01 AM

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It’s not every day that AutoGuide launches a new weekly feature. Today, however, is not just any day; it’s first installment of an interactive segment we call ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.

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 |  Sep 14 2010, 7:25 AM

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There’s probably nothing more we love than to see an enthusiast build something so unique that we can honestly say we’ve seen nothing like it. And it’s even better when the entire build was documented, like this one was, starting back in August of 2008. The star of this piece? None other than the infamous DeLorean sporting a Toyota 2JZ engine swap.

Quite possibly one of the coolest engine swaps we’ve ever seen, this DeLorean put down 395-hp and 376 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels on the dyno. And from the looks of the build thread and extensive photos (over 50!), it’s obvious that this swap took a lot of hard work, dedication and custom fabrication. Most enthusiasts normally give up after a year or so of having their car sitting up on jack stands and occupying space in the garage, but this build paid off. The owner clearly has a wickedly fast car that has got to be a ton of fun to drive.

The DeLorean is currently only boosting 15 psi, but the owner says it’s plenty fast enough for him. And at the time of his last reporting, the owner ran several mid-12 second passes prior to installing a Quaife differential. He was also in talks with ACT to supply a clutch that would do a much better job in putting the power to the ground. But knowing what we know about the potential of the 2JZ, this owner could easily have the world’s fastest DeLorean right now, and if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t take much more to put down 500-600 whp.

We’re guessing it has absolutely no problems hitting 88-mph.

[Source: SupraForums]

GALLERY: Toyota Supra 2JZ-Powered DeLorean

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 |  Jul 07 2010, 9:03 PM

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Back in the early 2000′s, when import and sport compact drag racing was hitting the main spotlight, several race teams were experimenting with Toyota‘s Supra 2JZ-GTE powerplant. Whether it was in their Pro RWD drag car or their Street Tire class Supras, the 2JZ seemed to be the engine to beat when it came to making plenty of reliable horsepower. Even today, Titan Motorsports has shown just how great the 2JZ can be in their Scion tC drag car which is currently lapping 3′s in the 1/8th-mile repeatedly.

What many didn’t know however were that those same teams were also experimenting with other Toyota powerplants, perhaps to find a leg up on their competition. Another main reason was that they knew sooner or later 2JZ-GTE’s would be hard to come across. The Supra was no longer in production and sooner or later the engines were bound to be extinct. Even though that day still hasn’t come, those teams thought ahead and many of them did indeed test with larger power plants, mainly the 4.5L Landcruiser motor. Its inline-six design was similar to the Supra’s 2JZ-GTE and many figured this 1FZ-FE would take forced induction well.

But at the end of the day, the Landcruiser power plant never became a necessity for many drag teams, already having plenty of success with the potent 2JZ. This doesn’t mean that the dream has died, and for some aspiring enthusiasts there are still Supras being built out there with the idea of sporting a large 4.5L under the hood.

Here is one that has recently surfaced, sporting a gigantic turbo ready to be unleashed. It is worth noting that this project looks to be out of Japan (Ed.: It’s actually from Russia), with the right-hand drive and barely visible R34 Skyline GT-R in the background of one of the photos. While the engine conversion is crazy all on its own, photos reveal that this Supra has also received an AWD conversion, possibly making it one insane straight-line bullet. Hopefully more will be revealed on this car and it doesn’t become another Internet superstar that never sees the track.

[Source: Phil's Car Blog]

GALLERY: Landcruiser-Powered Toyota Supra

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 |  Jun 08 2010, 9:37 PM

We promised we’d follow up on the Toyota Supra 2JZ-Powered Ford Mustang of Jaw’s Gear and Axle and we finally have some results in. Recently the vehicle was taken to Bakersfield for the SCE Summer Nationals at Famoso Raceway with no prior testing. Weighing in at 3,530 lbs, Jaw’s Gear and Axle opted to race in two different classes in order to get in as many runs as possible hoping to dial-in their Ford Mustang hybrid.

Their qualifying efforts required a lot of fine-tuning and tweaking, but they settled in on the first night with a fastest time of 9.630 @ 145.93 mph. They knew they had a lot more in the car and that an 8-second pass was surely possible before the weekend of racing was over. Through some luck, they were able to make some rounds in order to continue competing with their Mustang, netting a new time of 9.159 @ 157.45 mph in the second round.

As the night started coming to a close, the Jaw’s team found themselves in the finals making it an already successful debut for the Mustang. But they wanted more, perhaps knowing they wouldn’t get an event win, they still aimed for an 8-second pass. So despite losing the final round, they were able to achieve their other goal of tripping the lights at 8.962 @ 159.37 mph at the end of the quarter mile.

It’s a great starting point for the Mustang and clearly the car has a lot of potential. It’ll be exciting to see how many more domestic enthusiasts have their eyebrows raised from this unique Ford Mustang Hybrid.

GALLERY: 2JZ Powered Ford Mustang

[Source: Titan Motorsports]

 |  May 08 2010, 10:43 AM

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Rogue Status are huge sponsors of Ken Gushi and Tanner Foust, both pilots of RWD Scion tCs in the Formula Drift series. So leave it to them to come up with the idea to build yet another RWD Scion, this time a Toyota Supra 2JZ-powered xB.

Someone has to believe that not even the top executives at Scion planned for this level of personalization and customization when they first came out with the xB. By all accounts the Scion xB is a utility vehicle, something to commute from point A to point B, slowly, safely and penny-pinching on gas. It’s got unique styling and has definitely stuck in the import world, but who would have thought just a few years since its debut that RWD projects would be completed and driving smoothly on the freeways of Southern California?

From the photos it’s clear that Rogue Status enlisted the help of motorsports genius and fabricator, Stephan Papadakis, who’s resume with building, racing and tuning cars is one-of-a-kind. It looks like they headed to RCH Designs in Huntington Beach, CA for a studio photoshoot of the lightly-colored xB sporting a rad set of dark blue Advan wheels. We already know the power potential of the Toyota 2JZ that lies under the hood, so it will be interesting to see when and if this car really does get sideways out on the track.

One thing is for sure, the car is very nicely built and everything flows together on it. From the widebody arches to the massive intercooler and even the contrasting-colored decals, we’re a huge fan. Hopefully an entertaining video surfaces soon of this xB but in the meantime we’ll have to keep our eyes out on it cruising the streets!

[Source: SmogCheck]

GALLERY: Rogue Status Drift RWD 2JZ-Powered Scion xB

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