Based on Thailand's seemingly endless supply of builders and aggressive, in-your-face project cars, many of which we've featured through the lens of Streetmetal and Chad Burdette, this 1996 Toyota Supra doesn't really fit the image that the region has become known for. At least, not from the outside. The dozens of builds we've brought to you from Southeast Asia are typically wild inside and out, and it's not at all uncommon to find some insane cross-platform swaps that you would have never imagined.
Based on the builds mentioned above, Anusit Audompun's MKIV Supra looks almost foreign when stacked up against the others. There's no titanium fabrication sprawled across the chassis, no one-off widebody or carbon fiber aero treatment and even inside the cabin, the blue glow of a dozen or more gauges, all but standard in these parts, is noticeably absent. As a matter of fact, other than the carbon fiber front lip, this JZA80 doesn't carry any aftermarket body changes.
Even in a noted attempt to keep things as stock as possible on the outside, no respectable Supra owner on earth is going to settle for stock wheels, and to that end, Volk CE28 in 18x9.5 front and 10.5 rear allow 235 and 265 Yokohama AD08R to do their part. Working against the bronze rollers at the driver's discretion are Endless 370mm front, 345mm rear rotors and monoblock calipers and assisting with acceleration, deceleration and cornering duties are Tein Flex coilovers. So far, other than the pricey rolling and stopping upgrades, this Supra is mild at best in terms of a project vehicle.
Anusit isn't a Supra newbie or a novice when it comes to car building. In actuality, he'd owned a Supra for many years before being forced to let it go and "settle" with only driving his R34 GT-R. Years later, he had the chance to once again get behind the wheel of the '90s-era flagship and it just so happened that a friend of his had one for sale - an ideal situation.
Much like the exterior, Anusit's cabin maintains a factory fresh appearance for the most part, and if you can see past the Bride Stradia "Japan" edition seats and Nardi wheel, you'll find little else from the catalog of your favorite tuning brands. The overall focus for his build was an OEM+ look and feel, that is, until he pulls the hood release latch.
Unlike that moron from that terrible movie franchise that was somehow surprised by the car's engine, a 2JZ-GTE is exactly what you'd expected. You also assumed it would be converted to a single turbo set up and probably have a few AN fittings and various other aftermarket changes to pump up a little more grunt from the iconic powerplant. What you didn't count on is just how extensive the engine build actually is, especially when you consider the unrivaled restraint that kept things so simple outside of the engine bay.
Beneath the surface, the original 3.0L rotating assembly has been ditched in favor of a 3,400cc MRX crank and uprated rods mated to 87mm CP pistons. The now 3.4L turns and burns more effectively with help from BC cams fitted with Titan adjustable cam gears. On the cold side you'll find custom pie-cut charge piping that leads to a gorgeous carbon fiber and billet aluminum intake from Custom Plenum Creations.
On the hot side, a massive Precision 8685 turbo regulated by a TiAL wastegate completely overshadows the turbo manifold scratch-built by local fabrication heroes Aor77. The leftovers are forced through a 4in exhaust system and released to the atmosphere via an HKS muffler. Under the tutelage of a Haltech 2500, the result of completely tearing apart this 2J to prepare it for unforgiveable abuse, is 1,470hp. The weapon of mass destruction is in fact a street car and admittedly, Anusit reports that it's extremely tough to push that much power on Thailand's roads (or any roads for that matter). No worries, the ECU allows for plenty of adjustment and the owner jumps behind the wheel regularly to join friends out on the open road.
If you viewed a handful of feature cars that we've covered from Thailand in recent years then at a glance, this MKIV doesn't really fit the mold - and maybe that's why it tends to stand out so much. That the car's heart produces an ungodly stroke of power shouldn't surprise you. That it's perched inside an almost factory-like chassis that, more often than not, is over-modified by most builders, certainly should.