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Daigo Saito To Drive 2JZ A90 Supra in D1GP

As far as we can tell, Toyota’s new sports car with the previous gen’s mill is the first of its kind, and the first to go drifting, too

Mar 11, 2019

It was only a matter of time. Almost everyone we talked to about the new Toyota A90 Supra, who knew even the slightest bit about the iconic car and its heritage and mystique, expected that, before long, someone would swap a turbo 3.0L 2JZ-GTE inline-6 – the venerated engine from the previous generation Supra – into the so-called “Mark V.” We’re not sure everyone expected it to happen so quickly, though, or that the car would be a drifter; not two months since the production version was revealed at the Detroit auto show, pro driver and storied multi-series champion Daigo Saito has proclaimed he will be campaigning a 2JZ A90 Supra in the D1 Grand Prix Professional Series this year.

Specifically, the car will debut at the Monster Energy Presents D1GP All Star Shootout in Odaiba, Tokyo, an event advertised as a demo (our Japanese isn’t good enough to figure out if the car will further compete in D1’s regular championship rounds). The “GR Supra” (as it’s known in Japan, a reference to Gazoo Racing, which helped develop the platform) is being prepared by HKS, and from the pictures shared across social media we can see they’re pretty far along, the car seemingly already equipped with an engine, roll cage, and rear-mount radiator. Displacement on the 2JZ has been pushed out to 3.3L, and Saito is targeting 800hp, which should be pretty easy to achieve. Additionally, it looks like the fenders have been prepped to accept something wider.

Saito’s new Supra will be revealed March 23rd in Odaiba, and if we’re reading this right the car will also take part in the Gymkhana Grid event in Poland this September. Sorry, BMW, but this A90 is going all Toyota power.

Saito supra Photo 5/11   |   Saito Supra
Bob Hernandez
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