Dan Burkett’s Toyota Supra is a rather perplexing car. On one hand, it’s very similar to nearly every cover car we’ve ever featured, but in many ways it’s like no car we’ve ever seen. The seemingly effortless blend of race parts here, show quality there and subtlety everywhere else has created a very unique Supra. It’s almost as if Twins Turbo has pieced together the dream car that so many of us long for but so often get detoured from along the way.
For the most part, the body on this Supra remains stock and only a trained eye familiar with the lines of a JZA80 would be able to spot the three-quarter-inch expansions on the fender wells. In fact, even to the n00b car enthusiast the site of a Supra with what looks like nothing beyond a set of wheels, a front diffuser and a huge exhaust is nothing out of the ordinary. These days, the Supra is practically a household name thanks to everyone’s favorite movie series. Even kids too young to drive know that the 2JZ is capable of 1000hp+.
During the course of the last decade the Supra formula has typically called upon lots of chrome, huge five spoke wheels and a big honking turbo to create a totally undriveable dyno queen. While he did keep the big turbo intact, Dan decided to take a slightly different route. Instead of chrome, Dan went with black and raw metals. Instead of going with catalog parts, Dan went custom. Instead of form, Dan went with function and the styling is simply a pleasant byproduct.
So what exactly is so special about this JZA80? All the parts and labor that went into the car launch it from ho-hum to hot-damn! In the words of Twins Turbo, it is basically a full-on GT car in a stock-bodied Supra. One peek past the body panels virtually anywhere on the car reveals a plethora of custom one-off fabrication, race-only parts and pure performance. The goal was to build a timid looking Supra capable of lapping with racecars and after some two-and-a-half years the car turned those dreams into reality.
Starting in the front of the car, disconnecting the quarter-turn fasteners and removing the bumper reveals a series of intricate ductwork designed to channel air to vital areas. With past projects the Twins have learned that good ducting makes all the difference between a car that makes power and a car that is actually reliable for a sustained period of abuse. Marc KOZ Kozeluh has fabricated each duct from raw materials and they are all hung from one-off front-end framework.
In the passenger’s side vent lies a massive K&N air filter surrounded by a partially enclosed duct to prevent starvation should the main passage become blocked by debris. Opposite the air filter is the equally huge Setrab oil cooler also boxed in by sheet metal. Filling the gap in the middle is triple-row series of ducts feeding the custom Garrett intercooler, C&R radiator and heat exchanger making sure no airflow goes to waste. Making big power with a 2JZ is the easy part; keeping everything together on the track takes a lot more effort and this ducting will go a long way to ensure nothing goes boom.
Unlatch the Seibon hood and a seemingly endless sea of vast customization greets you. More of KOZ’s handy work can be seen from the custom intercooler end tanks to the hot and cold piping to Mil-spec connector junction blocks. It’s awe inspiring how much has been packed into the engine compartment and it simply wouldn’t have been possible without custom solutions. Nearly every cavity of the engine bay has been utilized in a well thought out manner to maximize the little available space.
Although most of the electronics and wiring has been well-hidden, a MoTeC E888 expansion box can be seen on the driver’s side fender allowing the car to use six EGT sensors one per cylinder. Following the custom GP Motorsports Mil-spec harness matrix into the interior things get interesting very quickly. None of the factory wiring remains anywhere on the car and with the MoTeC power distribution module the need for fuses and relays has been eliminated. Packed neatly on a custom built floor-mounted bracket behind the passenger seat resides the MoTeC M880 stand alone computer accompanied by an entourage of other modules.
These state-of-the-art electronics keep the monster engine Eric Grim Kozeluh built running like clockwork. As with the rest of the car, the attention to detail that went into the engine is astonishing. Slapping together an engine with off-the-shelf internals is something most tuning shops would do. Tearing everything apart and further customizing aftermarket parts is how Twins rolls. Grim didn’t overlook any part of the engine and further customization like DLC and Top Fuel coatings, widened bearings and expanded oil galleys are all part of the formula. The Twins even went so far as to design a five stage dry sump oiling system for this beast.
Handmade on a Brown and Miller crimp machine, Grim created all the plumbing needed for the oil and fuel systems. Residing in the trunk area is the oil sump for the system. Riding a complex system of hoses the oil makes its way through a series of bulkheads and cooling devices before being pumped through the engine and back around the circuit again. Did we mention that thanks to a C&R diverter valve this Supra could cool the oil via the Setrab cooler or a C&R water-to-oil heat exchanger, or both? It can.
Fuel follows an equally detailed maze. It all starts inside the ATL fuel cell, held in by a custom frame of its own. A Weldon unit rated for over 2000hp then pushes the petrol through a -12 custom line to two filters. Next a Weldon 2040 regulator pressurizes the gas before being fed to the HyperTune rail where it is then spewed into the combustion chamber via ID 1000cc injectors. The cost of running a system of this caliber is greater than owning a used Honda Civic and items like these are seldom seen on anything less than racecars.
In the cockpit are still more race items including a fully-functioning fire suppression system, Steen Chassis roll cage and FIA approved carbon-Kevlar Recaro Profi seats. Hooked directly into the MoTeC complex is an AiM Strada digital display. Combined these items provide a simple and reliable, albeit more expensive, alternative to numerous add-on gauges and controllers. In lieu of a radio head unit is a switch panel with 11-position dials for boost and traction control, and no this isn’t a reference to Spinal Tap, these dials actually do go to eleven.
With all of the go out of the way there was still one area that needed improving to keep the car balanced. We aren’t talking about show but rather the opposite of go, stop. Tucked away behind the black-on-black Fiske wheels are monster Brembo GT calipers in, you guessed it, black. Six piston front and four piston rear calipers squeeze down on 355mm and 345mm rotors respectively. The real magic is in the hydraulics where the Twins utilized a Tilton master cylinder unit that combines the performance of a separately mounted pedal box with the ease of use of factory hung pedals.
In a nutshell this car shares aspects of racecars and streetcars to create the ultimate sleeper blend. It’s the kind of car we all wished we owned but due to budget, the urge to look fast or simply the lack of know how, most of us have to resort to drooling over this one. But if there was ever a car to be envious of it’s this Supra. The man-hours behind the build are astronomical and everything works exactly how it’s supposed to. It’s black, it’s clean, it’s custom and it’s functional. It’s Super Street.
1998 Toyota Supra
Owner "Rad Dan" Burkett
Location Costa Mesa, CA
Occupation Self Employed/ Aspiring Drifter
Engine 3.4L Turbocharged 2JZ-GTE built by Marc KOZ Kozeluh at Twins Turbo; ported head; BC Stage 4 camshafts, billet crankshaft; Unorthodox black anodized cam gears, pulley set; REV 2mm oversized stainless intake valves, 2mm oversized Inconel exhaust valves, dual valve springs, titanium retainers; ARP " head bolts w/custom dowel pins, main studs, misc engine bay hardware; Twins Turbo billet crank main seals, modified factory head gasket, custom valve seats and shimless DLC coated buckets, wide rod bearing modification, drilled and tapped oil galleys, 5-stage dry sump oil system, custom intake, custom 5" stainless downpipe, 5" stainless oval mid-pipe, 5" stainless axleback w/custom v-band mounted muffler, custom intercooler w/Garrett core, custom intercooler piping w/Accufab clamps, oil relocation kit, custom v-mounted intercooler/radiator setup, custom front ducting for intake/intercooler/radiator/oil cooler; Gates timing belt; Twins spec Arias 9.0:1 top fuel-coated pistons; Carillo H-beam connecting rods; solid engine mounts; K&N air filter; HyperTune 100mm throttle body, Intake manifold, fuel rail; ATI Fluidamper; Weldon 2345A fuel pump, 2040 fuel pressure regulator, (2) fuel filters; ID 1000cc injectors; Brown and Miller -10 fuel feed line, -8 fuel return line, -16 and -20 radiator lines; ATL 22 gallon aluminum fuel cell; modified Full Race header w/6 EGT probes (one per runner); Bosch spark plugs; Optima blue top battery; Garrett GTX 4294R turbine; TiAL blow-off valve, (2) V44 wastegates; Setrab oil cooler; C&R oil-to-water secondary oil heat exchanger, dual pass radiator, swirl pot, 30psi radiator cap, diverter valve; Wix 51060R oil filter; (2) Spall radiator fans; custom GP Motorsports Mil-spec chassis, engine and fuel injector sub harness; gold reflective heat barrier tape on firewall
Drivetrain Getrag V160 6-speed transmission; TRD 1.5-way LSD; ACPT carbon driveshaft; Tilton triple-disc carbon clutch, remote slave, flywheel; C’s shifter
Engine Management MoTec M880 ECU, E888 expander module, PDM 15 power distribution module, TCMux traction control multiplexer and DHB for fuel pressure control
Footwork TEIN coilovers; TRD sway bars; Steen Chassis Chromoly rollcage
Brakes Brembo GT 6-piston front/4-piston rear calipers, HP1000 pads, 355mm front/345mm rear rotors, steel braided lines, DOT 5 fluid; Twins Turbo CNC booster delete; Tilton master cylinders
Wheels & Tires 18X10"/11" custom flat black face/shiny black lip Fiske FM10 wheels; 285/35R18 front 315/30R18 rear Yokohama A048 tires; ARP wheel studs
Exterior Twins Turbo custom carbon honeycomb front splitter w/cooling ducts; new black paint and " widened OEM fenders on all corners by Auto Explosion; custom LED motorcycle turn signals; 8k HID headlights; Rad Dan decal by Renee Burkett; Seibon carbon-fiber hood w/custom air duct; 10% window tint
Interior Recaro carbon Kevlar Profi SPA seats w/side mounts; OMP 6-point harness, suede steering wheel, steering hub; AIM MXL Strada dash display with carbon-fiber panel; head unit replaced w/switch panel; fire suppression system; custom mount behind passenger seat for MoTec boxes; battery, fuel cell and drysump tank all located in trunk area
Thanks You I’d like to thank Toyota for building the MKIV Supra, the twins Marc and Eric @ Twins Turbo, Carlos for all his work, my wife Renee for putting up with my car obsession, my Mom for her support in my car hobbies, my Dad who just passed 2/16/2011 I wish you could see my car done. Thanks to G @ GP Motorsports and Shane Tecklenburg, Steen Chassis, Auto Explosion and anyone else that helped with the project.