Finding the balance between streetcar and race car is no easy task. Sprinkle some money over it and just about anybody can make a chassis and an engine perform better than when it rolled out of the factory. Of course, it's easy to get carried away and cross the threshold to race car territory, where a car's legality is questionable. More often than not, it's the Toyota Supra crowd that experiences this struggle, especially with the potent 3.0L twin-turbocharged 2JZ-GTE. Supra owners will tell you that it doesn't take much to make the car go fast. For Joe Recinos, it hasn't been easy ignoring that inner voice chanting "race car" when it came to his '95 Supra.
For starters, Joe's Supra is pretty unique on the outside. The beautiful Midnight Purple II paint isn't something you could've bought from Toyota 20 years ago—it's a custom color Joe came up with himself. The taillights might look like stock '98 parts, but they are actually customized LED lights. Instead of a huge wing many Supra owners opt for, Joe went with a Rocket Bunny-style duckbill spoiler. And rather than sticking with one brand on the exterior, Joe mixed and matched styles using Do-Luck and Varis Ridox parts.
Dig a little deeper and you'll notice this California-driven MK4 is right-hand drive. "I did the conversion about four years ago since I wanted my Supra to be different from others out here in Southern California. To my knowledge, I was one of the very few, if not the first right-hand drive that was cruising the streets," Joe explains. To this day, Joe is still one of the few RHD Supras in North America.
Now let's circle back to the inevitability of building a "race car." You're probably wondering what kind of turbo Joe went with and more importantly, how much power it makes. The 2JZ-GTE's stock turbos were tossed for a single Precision 6870 turbo along with a laundry list of go-fast parts. All said and done, Joe's Supra puts down 833 whp to the rear wheels—more powerful than most modern supercars like the Ferrari 488 or Lamborghini Aventador.
Originally, Joe was using a five-speed R154 but has recently switched over to a V160 six-speed transmission mated to a triple-plate OS Giken clutch. With almost triple the power Toyota intended for the Supra to have, Joe had to beef up the rear end with a Driveshaft Shop full 9-inch Ford unit with limited-slip and a 4-inch driveshaft. For suspension, Joe went with Fortune Auto's 500 series that utilizes a new air piston cup system to battle the notoriously crappy Los Angeles streets while also giving him the handling performance needed for track days.
Joe admits he's disregarded all moral sense when it comes to his Supra. His project will be more on the race car end of the spectrum later this year. "I'm basically trying to prep the car and have it ready to do as many track events as possible," he concludes. And with all that power at his disposal, we couldn't agree more. Chalk up another Supra that moves over to race car status.