The beloved 2JZ motor is known as one of Toyota's flagship performance engines and was developed to go head-to-head against Nissan's RB26. The motor is capable of serious power with only a few modifications, which made FR-S, RX-7, xB, 240SX owners, and just about everyone else want to do an engine swap. But believe it or not, there is also a cult following for the de-stroked 2.5L 1JZ-GTE engine. If the 1JZ sounds foreign to you, the engine was primarily used in Chasers, Mark IIs, Cresta, Verossa, Crowns, Soarers, and Supra MkIIIs in Japan.
The love for the 1JZ is so real that ST Garage hosts a 1JZ Drift Meeting every year. This year's meeting went down at Fuji Speedway and the festivities included a drift session, vendor village, and a popular parade run. Although the event name suggests exclusivity to 1JZ cars, it's actually open to 1JZ, 1.5JZ (1JZ head with a 2JZ short block), and 2JZ cars. Even non-Toyota cars fitted with a JZ series engine were eligible to enter. A mix of grassroots and professional D1 drivers were allowed on a section of Fuji Speedway that the locals call "doripa," or Drift Park. Along with the display cars and drift action, shops and teams such as WELD, Work Wheels, DMAX, HPI Japan, and WEDS wheels came out to support the event.
If 1JZ sedans are your thing, you definitely want to head to ST Garage's website for info on next year's event. The 1JZ Drift Meeting has grown so much that there was a separate location for overflow drifters at the gymkhana section to go open drift matsuri style. What's your favorite 1JZ powered car? Let us know in the comments section below.