To say that we've seen every badass Supra out there would be a flat out lie. Between here and Japan, we've featured some of the sickest Toyota supercars that you could possibly imagine. And now, we're throwing two more at you. Although both share some of the same characteristics, like being built by our long-time homies, the twins Mark "Koz" Kozeluh and Eric "Grim" Kozeluh of Twins Turbo, they couldn't be more different. Grim's car is more of a street car (although that's a huge understatement) that we dubbed the Triple Crown. The A-Team car, owned and piloted by Steven "A-Team" Aslanian, is a full out racecar and a fierce competitor in our Time Attack series. Whether you've seen an insane Supra or not, these two cars will amaze you to no end. And not just from the sheer horsepower numbers or the domineering exteriors, but because of the workmanship, attention to detail, and custom fabrication put into each car-it's the kind of blood, sweat and tears car guys always talk about. So if you weren't a Supra fan before, we guarantee you will be one after reading the story behind these two cars.
It's been a long road of car building and racing for the Twins, but it didn't start off that way. Back in '93 when they were working as plumbers, Grim caught the Supra bug after seeing a black JZA-80. Checking around the dealerships, he figured he couldn't drop $50k on a car just yet.
Fast forward a few years, the Twins hooked up with Vinny Ten as he was about to launch the Performance Factory in Queens, New York. Grim still couldn't justify dropping the sticker price to buy his own Supra, so he and his bro figured that having a hand in building and racing one would be the next best thing. For those of you who remember drag racing, the Performance Factory Supra was a dominant force down the 1320. And it was the first East Coast car into the 10s, the first Supra that got into the 11s, 10s, 9s, 8s, and that hit 140, 150, 160 and 170mph down the quarter-mile. After knowing how much power they could exploit out of the 2JZ-GTE motor, Grim finally decided to start searching for his own Supra.
What you see before you isn't what Grim's Supra looked like when he picked it up, but it's exactly how he envisioned it to be. In '99, he purchased it in red automatic form (not his ideal choice) and stripped it down no more than three days later to start putting together the car that had been lingering on his mind for six years. Soon after, the Twins relocated to the West Coast and opened up Twins Turbo where they finally had time to start cracking on the gutted Supra shell. An Extreme Dimensions body kit was widened and put on, along with a custom hood to extract heat from the engine. A couple of other minor body mods were done before spraying the entire car with Viper GTS-R Silver paint. But that's just the outside.
Grim and Koz are the epitome of American car building and tuning. If you cut these guys, they'd bleed red, white and blue (which also happens to be the Clippers colors). Building massive horsepower engines are what the Twins have become infamous for, and they weren't about to skimp with their own car. The 2JZ-GTE motor was stripped down, balanced and blueprinted. Holding up the bottom end are custom Arias forged pistons and Carrillo H-beam connecting rods. On the top end, a full Darryl Cox ported and polished head stuffed with a R.E.V titanium valvetrain can be found. And for the boost: twin ball-bearing T3/T4 turbos from Innovative mandated to 40psi by a Pro Gate wastegate. Feeding the engine is a team of Bosch injectors, a Weldon 2025 fuel pump and an insane M800 engine management system from MoTeC with custom harness put together by Gregg Pyle at GP Motorsports. Shane Tecklenburg had the hefty task of tuning this beast.
But it doesn't come close to stopping there. Not known for using off-the-shelf parts, the Twins ended up fabricating a host of custom goods from the intercooler end tanks, to the turbo headers, right down to the 3-inch downpipes. Even the factory cooling system was junked and reworked with their own swirl pot design that utilizes a C&R aluminum radiator. The intake manifold was designed by the Twins and made by Fabworks/Spencer Motorsports. It took about six weeks to fabricate from three sheets of hammered-out aluminum and a billet lower section. For those of you who can't fathom how intense that is, Spencer Motorsports builds stuff for LMP/GT cars running in the ALMS. Sick ish. The entire setup boils down to 1070hp and 732lb-ft of torque at the mother f'in wheels on a Dynapack. No BS fake dyno charts or estimates either, this is all legit. Go ahead and calculate those numbers at the crank, we'll wait. When you're done with that, try finding a hose clamp in the polished-out engine bay. Good luck with that, because aside from the radiator hose everything has been converted to A/N fittings.
To maximize the handling on such a big car, the stock suspension had to be tossed in the dumpster. Replacing the shocks and springs are a set of Penske 8100 dual adjustable coilovers and Eibach springs. The wheels of choice are custom 18x9.5 (front) and 18x13 (rear) Kinesis K28 wrapped in Toyo RA-1s. When the time comes, massive 14-inch Stoptech front and rear brakes work in conjunction to slow the Supra down.
Don't bother looking for a crazy audio/video system or neon lights in this car; the Twins didn't build their Supras to win Best of Show at Hot Import Nights. What you might catch a glimpse of, though, is the Billet Works rollcage encircling the OMP carbon kevlar seats. The stock dash is in place with a MoTeC datalogger filling in for the stock gauges. With all the options on this car, you're looking at a dash worth around $8,000. As for the rest of the interior, it was taken out and painted flat black. On the passenger floor panel, you'll find a collection of harnesses and relays; in the trunk, a 22 gallon fuel cell from Fuel Safe. Drop the front bumper and it'll reveal a highly integrated ducting system to direct cool air down to the brakes and intercooler. And yes, we must remind you that this is a street car.
Grim estimates about 800 man-hours and tens of thousands of dollars in parts are put into his Supra-well worth it when you take into account this is his dream car. Those of you thinking about doing the same thing, either learn how to build motors, weld and fabricate, or drop off the car to the Twins with a fatty check. Grim told us some rich guy offered him $150,000 for the car and he refused. That takes a big man considering Nads calls this Supra a pig. (Correction, I think all Supras are pigs. Please don't kill me, Grim. - JN) You have no idea what the Super Street staff would do for half that amount. Then again, we have no morals.
The A-Team Car
There is no name more fitting for this car than the A-Team Supra. Cue in the theme music, uzis and BA with his gold chains anytime you want. If you ever make it out to our Time Attack, you'd feel the same way when you hear the roar of exhaust as Steve starts up the Supra and rolls into the grid. Most of us have small goals, like making it home without hitting traffic or eating 16 double cheeseburgers in one sitting; Steve wanted to have the fastest road-racing Supra in the States. He didn't like that the Supra had the stigma of being a drag car, so he set out to prove it could become a hardcore road-racing machine. It's pretty safe to say that his mission is complete.
Steve bought this car already fixed up with off-the-shelf parts, which was good for street and dyno power but not for racing. And Steve planned on racing it...heavily. That's where the headaches started rolling in. Whether it was blown front main seals, overheated power steering or overheated engine, there was always something that left the car sputtering back onto the trailer. He finally got fed up and called on the Twins to perform some of their magic-not just for their reputation, but also because they shared the same Supra obsession. The Twins methodically went through the car fixing one problem at a time. Basically, it took tearing the entire car down and starting from scratch to get the results they wanted. Steve dubs them as the PhDs of Supra engine building.
Starting with the chassis stiffening, the car was gutted to hell and fitted with a custom Steen rollcage with NASCAR-style door bars and a front strut brace. The same Eibach springs and Penske coilovers from Grim's car were called to order. Adjustable sway bars were put on along with a full Heim jointed suspension system, allowing this high-powered front-engine rear-wheel drive car to hang with the all-wheel drives on the tarmac. The naked interior was then filled with Sparco racing seats and an Aim Sports MXL Pista dash. Stuffed into the fenders of the custom widebody kit are 18x12 (front) and 18x13 (rear) CCW C14 wheels with either Goodyear or Hoosier racing slicks for maximum grippage. And behind those bad boys, you'll find Brembo GT mono block brakes. Finishing everything off is an extra glossy coat of Porsche Carrera GT Silver paint. Not too shabby for a racecar.
The once-crappy engine is now a work of excellence. Again, very similar to the setup on Grim's car, the 2JZ-GTE engine was yanked apart and fully balanced and blueprinted. The bottom end was beefed up with Arias pistons and Brian Crower connecting rods. What appears to be a stock intake manifold is anything but. The inside was heavily ported before being mated to the ported and polished head. Keeping the top end running like clockwork are Brian Crower stage 3 cams, R.E.V. stainless steel valves, dual valve springs and titanium retainers. Dumping in the petrol are 96lb Bosch injectors, an Aeromotive pump and a Twins Turbo fuel rail. The brains behind the brawn: a MoTeC M600 ECU with a GP Motorsports harness.
Making massive horsepower on the dyno is one thing, but translating that into something useful on the track is completely different. Steve might be a good driver, but he is by no means a pro. He's a real estate agent with kids, so throwing him on the track behind the wheel of a 1,200hp beast isn't ideal. With that in mind, the Twins used the highly elaborate World Racing TBC-1 boost controller to hold the Innovative DBB T-4 turbo to just 21psi of boost. That's good for 711hp and 631 lb-ft of torque at the wheels measured on the Dynapack. Using the 16-percent drivetrain loss concept back up to the crank, you're in for 847hp and 752 lb-ft of torque. If any remnants of the original car remain, they're sure to be replaced very soon. Grim tells us that swapping out for a more efficient intercooler core along with other tweaks can extract another 80hp or so. But they'll come to that when Steve is good and ready. "Steve says the car is almost too fast," Grim smiles.
Clawing your way to the top of our Time Attack isn't easy, especially when you have to compete with the cream of the crop from all over the world. But Steve, Twins Turbo and the A-Team aren't too far off from taking home the gold-colored plastic. There's no doubt that the car is fully capable and Steve drives better after each NASA event he competes in. At this point, he's already surpassed most of the race Supras in the nation and is still aiming higher. By the time our finals come around in November, the other tuners out there better watch their backs.
'95 Toyota Supra
Owner Eric "grim" Kozeluh Hometown Signal Hill,CA
Daily Grind Owner of Twins turbo
Power 1070hp @ 7,900rpm; 732lb-ft of torque at the wheels @ 7,000rpm on 40psi of boost
Under The Hood Balanced and blueprinted 2JZ-GTE engine; Crower stage 4 camshafts; Carrillo H-beam connecting rods; Arias pistons and rings; Darryl Cox ported and polished head; R.E.V oversized titanium valves, dual valve springs and titanium retainers; custom intake manifold; Weldon fuel pressure regulator, 2025 fuel pump and filters; Fuel Safe 22-gallon cell; Fab Works fuel rail; Accufab 4-inch throttle body; Twins Turbo custom exhaust manifolds, downpipes, intercooler end tanks and swirl pot cooling system; NGK spark plugs; Innovative Turbo custom T3/T4 dual ball-bearing turbos, Pro Gate wastegate, and intercooler core; TiAL blow-off valve; inconel heat shields; C&R custom radiator; all A/N fittings
Drive Train limited-slip differential; Tilton triple disc carbon clutch; carbon fiber driveshaft
Brains MoTeC M800 engine management and Advanced datalogger; Ignition Expander; GP Motorsports harness
Stiff Stuff Eibach springs; Penske 8100 dual adjustable coilovers; Twins Turbo front strut tower bar; Billet Works rollcage
Rollers 18x9.5 (front) and 18x13 (rear) Kinesis K28 wheels; 275/35 R18 (front) and 335/35 R18 (rear)Toyo RA-1 tires
Stoppers Stoptech 14-inch rotors and four-piston calipers front and rear; Potterfield brake pads
Outside Extreme Dimensions widened body kit; Rod Millen rear wing; custom hood; Viper GTS Silver paint; Stick It graphics
Inside Omp Grip carbon kevlar seats and pedals; MOMO steering wheel and shift knob
Ice Custom fiberglass trunk enclosure with eight 15-inch subs and seven amps; five custom inserted TV monitors surrounded with bright blue and green neon lights...yeah right
Props Marc "KOZ" Kozeluh; Christian "Swamp Guinea" Rado; Matt "Captain" Casteneda; Shane "Twinkle Fingaz" Tecklenburg at ST Consulting for the MoTeC tuning; Greg "G-Tech" Pyles at GP Motorsports; Dennis Spencer; Mitch "The Ace" Stahl; John "The Alien" Choe at Stick It; Rich Grupp and the Fab Works guys for the amazing work on the intake manifold; Bruce Kleckner at Penske racing shocks; Kirk Skaufel at Tilton; Ola at Innovative Turbo; Timmer T at Alloy Racing Covers; Tom Jung at Arias pistons; Carrie and Evan at Northridge Toyota; Scott and John at Dynapack; Jim Munn at MoTeC USA; Jim Craig at Weldon pumps; Ralph at REV; Team Spencer Motorsports; Toyo tires; Extreme Dimensions; Matco tools; Miller welders; Mark Degroff
'95 Toyota Supra
Owner steven "A-Team" AslanianHometown Oak Park, CA
Daily Grind Real estate Sales
Power 840hp @ 7,200rpm and 738 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200rpm on 21psi of boost
Under The Hood Balanced and blueprinted 2JZ-GTE motor; Brian Crower stage 3 camshafts and connecting rods; Arias custom pistons; R.E.V 1mm stainless steel valves, dual valve springs and Ti retainers; ported and polished head with gasket match; heavily modified intake manifold, throttle body, oil pan and valve cover; 96lb Bosch injectors; Aeromotive AE 1000 fuel pump; Twins Turbo fuel rail, downpipe, exhaust manifold and cooling system; C&R dual-pass radiator; K&N air filter; HKS cam gears and blow-off valve; NGK spark plugs; Innovative DBB T-4 turbo; custom inconel heat shield; Accusump system; Setrab oil and power steering coolers
Drive Train Factory six-speed; TRD limited-slip differential; Twins Turbo shifter; Tilton carbon/carbon triple disc clutch
Brains MoTeC M600 engine management with GP Motorsports harness; WORLD Racing TBC-1 boost controller
Stiff Stuff Eibach springs; Penske 8100 dual adjustable coilovers; front and rear dual adjustable Titan sway bars; Steen rollcage and front strut bar; Heim jointed suspension
Rollers 18x12 (front) and 18x13 (rear) CCW C14 wheels; 25.5/11.5R18 (front) and 28/12.5R18 (rear) Hoosier racing slicks
Stoppers Brembo GT mono block six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear); Goodrich stainless steel brake lines
Outside Stretched and pulled custom body kit; APR rear wing; Porsche Carrera GT Silver paint; Stick It graphics; Asuka front splitter
Inside Sparco Pro 2000 racing seats and steering wheel; stripped carpet at panels; Aim Sports MXL Pista dash; Twins Turbo switch panel, shift knob and pedals; window net
Props Gregg Pyle at GP Motorsports; Shane Tecklenburg at ST Consulting; Gary and Jayson at Steen Chassis; Bruce Kleckner and Matt at Penske Racing; James Hickerson at Eibach; Timmer at Alloy Racing Covers; Christian Rado at World Racing; John Choe at Stick It Graphics; Jerry and the team at Brembo; Carrie and Evan at Northridge Toyota; Estiban and crew at Auto Explosion; Marc and Eric Kozeluh at Twins Turbo