Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |  Formula D Pro2 Mk4 Supra – Checking In With RAD Dan
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Formula D Pro2 Mk4 Supra – Checking In With RAD Dan

We play hooky from work to watch up-and-coming drifter shakedown his car before the first event of the 2016 season

Apr 29, 2016

It was Ditch Day at work Thursday, so we picked up some nugs, pimped a 40, and headed to our buddy “RAD” Dan Burkett’s house because his folks were gone and we were ‘bout to get tore the f**k up. Well, actually, most of that didn’t happen, but we did get an invite from the mullet king himself to join him and RAD Industries accomplice Jeff Le as they prepped and shook down Burkett’s Mark IV Toyota Supra at Walt James Stadium on the grounds of Willow Springs International Motorsports Park before the team packs up for Round 1 of the Formula DRIFT Pro2 season.

Tire slaying Photo 2/45   |   Tire Slaying

You’ll recall we featured Burkett’s race car last year. We were also exceedingly fortunate to be around for most of the car’s build, outlined in a five-part series on our site in 2015:

Formula D Pro2 Supra Build – Part 1
Formula D Pro2 Supra Build – Part 2
Formula D Pro2 Supra Build – Part 3
Formula D Pro2 Supra Build – Part 4
Formula D Pro2 Supra Build – Part 5

Supra sticker Photo 6/45   |   Supra Sticker

The Supra has been updated and upgraded since last season, with a slew of parts that should make Burkett an even larger force to be reckoned with. Deep in the guts of the 2JZ-GTE under hood, the lightest 3.4-liter stroker kit crankshaft Brian Crower makes now spins, some 12 pounds lighter than the crank in there previously. Pistons good for 9.5:1 compression replace the 8:1 compression slugs used in 2015, and Burkett is running a BorgWarner EFR 9174 turbo this year.

Rear wing party in the back sticker Photo 10/45   |   Rear Wing Party In The Back Sticker

All of these changes help the engine respond more quickly and also help produce more low-end, mid-range, and high-end power. More sensors have been added to the 2JZ so Burkett can monitor better what’s happening through the ECU. And engine management has been programmed with a different rev limiter as well as a mild anti-lag.

Dan Burkett Photo 14/45   |   Dan Burkett

Dan partnered up with DOC Race for their turbo manifold and is also working with Turbosmart, employing their wastegates, fuel pressure regulator, and some other goodies. PTP Turbo Blankets are also in the engine compartment this year, providing a variety of heat shielding solutions.

Rear three quarter low static Photo 18/45   |   Rear Three Quarter Low Static

The Supra’s V-mount intercooler setup was scrapped and now the boost heat exchanger – a new unit from Treadstone equipped with one of its 1245 cores – is mounted in front of a new, larger surface area oil cooler with fan. Dan also incorporated a power steering fluid cooler to go along with the KRC Power Steering pump, Woodward steering column, and Greddy custom billet steering pump brackets (the billet alternator bracket is also from Greddy). Some of the other billet engine pieces came from new partner OCD Works, and Torco is also new to Team RAD, kicking in with their oil.

Chrome SS sticker Photo 22/45   |   Chrome SS Sticker

At each corner are new Stance coilovers, in addition to ESR SR07 rims shod in Nexen rubber, both also new to the program. Dan worked again with designer Chance Jespersen to develop the Supra’s widebody kit – called the Weapon widebody by RAD Industries – which boasts 70mm wider front and rear over-fenders. APA blue and blue chrome vinyl adorn the Toyota’s exterior (expertly installed by Dan’s wife, Renee), and making sure Team RAD look as sharp as the race car this year are jeans maker Blkwd Denim & Co. and skate shoe brand Supra Footwear (who else did you expect?)

Front three quarter static Photo 26/45   |   Front Three Quarter Static

For as grateful as Dan is to his new sponsors, he is equally if not more thankful to those who came aboard last year when things were just getting off the ground – outfits like Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT), APR Performance, Wilwood Engineering, HPS Performance Products, and many, many others. He cites DriftMotion in particular for going above and beyond in 2015 to keep development of the Supra moving forward.

Head on Photo 30/45   |   Head On

We couldn’t be more stoked to see RAD Dan prepare to attack the year ahead, and had a hoot hanging out with Burkett and Le at Willow Springs as they sorted out the car one last time. Team RAD will kick off the season May 5 and 6 at Road Atlanta, the location of Round 1 of the 2016 Formula D Pro2 Championship.

Bob Hernandez
935 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

It wasn’t the all-too-familiar Initial D series, nor was it the almost natural association with drifting that pulled Lester Donis’s attention to his two-toned 1986 Toyota Corolla GTS. It also wasn’t a feature story or any sort of social media influence that nudged him toward the iconic hatchback. Interestingly enough, his childhood encounter with a
RodrezNov 27, 2020
On Friday, November 27, 2020, a half dozen of our favorite MotorTrend hosts will be subjected to a series of holiday-themed automotive challenges that you, almost certainly, have never seen the like of before. But before all the Holiday Hooptie Challenge starts, let’s get to know one of the lucky contestants from All Girls Garage on the MotorTrend App
Jordon ScottNov 25, 2020
LOOKING BACK AT THE SUPER STREET COROLLA The new 2021 Toyota Corolla is an entry-level car that we’ve had a ton of experience with as we built a 2019 hatchback two years ago. With the help of our friends at Auto Tuned and a rendering by Jon Sibal, we transformed our little XSE into a
Sam DuNov 24, 2020
Putting down the first few sentences of a feature like this 1987 Honda CRX Si is a little tougher than usual. It’s not the familiar story of picking up an old, used Honda, adding wheels and a drop before giving in and going all out on a full-blown build. Furthermore, to be clear, it’s also
RodrezNov 24, 2020
Rodrez: It’s the measuring stick that offers as much speculation and attempts to discredit driver achievement as it does real-world data and raw, obsessively focused attempts to chip away at the clock. The Nurburgring serves as a standard by which most automakers set their sights. It arms internet debate specialists with numbers and comparisons by
Nick YekikianNov 21, 2020
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP