Esprit is a name we will be hearing a lot more of in the next few months. The well established Japanese tuner will be shipping its twin turbo NSX down to Australia and participating in October’s World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park. This is a shop I’ve always liked, as the team will tackle any sort of project a customer may come to them with. As a result it has come to specialize in, well, pretty much everything. The Supra has always been a popular platform for Esprit and one night as I drove past after finishing a shoot at nearby Suzuka Circuit, I saw this particular car sitting in front of the workshop shutters. Of course, I pulled up and asked if I could have a quick look…
… and I’m glad I did too. As it turned out this is of the most focused time attack JZA80s I’ve ever come across. The HKS T04Z allows the 2JZ to churn out a nice and reliable 650hp, channeled to the rear wheels via a Holinger sequential transmission.
Esprit produces some of the best quality carbon fiber parts in Japan and it is never shy about running big massive GT-inspired rear wings, just like the one fitted to this Supra.
Fender flares are riveted on at every corner and it was sitting on bronze 18-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37s running Yokohama semi slicks.
Esprit has also created a pretty wild one-off rear diffuser, which helps keep the rear end stuck to the ground through the trickier sections at Suzuka. Next time I’m down in Mie-ken I will have to call back and arrange a proper feature on this beast. It’s definitely another on my ever-expanding ‘must-shoot’ list!
Dino Dalle Carbonare
the best body-kit for supra ever...molte supra vengono rovinate con kit esagerati...questa con piccole modifiche,nonostante siano più funzionali che estetiche,rimane la supra più bella che ci sia :)
The Supra has always been a favorite of mine. Seemed to be one of the last cars with big, bulbous fenders and nice swoopy lines before the market turned to angular, creased body panels. I test drove one back in '95 the week following my graduation from Bondurant, and that made for a very enjoyable test drive...
@speedhunters_dino Do you always carry your black brick SLR with you, or do you have a smaller weapon of choice for shooting those impromptu finds? As much as I love my 7D it's a big ungainly for lugging around all of the time..
Needs this as its bodykit
^It's not real but maybe Mr. Nakai can get some ideas.
Actually why isn't there many time-attack Supras? I can only think of the Jun Akira Supra, Admix Supra and this. Surely there are a few more, some that haven't been publicly exposed? Are Supras not a particularly favourable platform?
It's actually really cool/different to see a grip-oriented Supra. Very nice. White and bronze is such a classic combo, too.
I've wondered about the horizontal extensions on the front air dam. They look like they could chop the feet off of errant pedestrians. Do they really help keep the front end poised?
I like the fact that they aren't afraid of running the big wing. It is so easy to see that as passe or "ricer" by the larger automotive community. Then again, I get the impression that Esprit just does not care.
@ITAmasterblack91 Si infatti, certi kit per le Supra fanno in poche parole vomitare lol
@FrancescoDiGiuseppe Especially their carbon stuff
@DominicBurnett I carry 2x 1Ds wherever I go haha
@meal stub Next time I'm down that way I will beg Esprit to prepare it for me!
@JonathanW This is what Speedhunting is all about! Finding little jewels like these, stopping and doing a little spotlight on them. Glad you like it:)
@LouisYio Veyron-lookin'-ass Suprwb
@LouisYio RWB Supra?
@LouisYio honestly pathetic and disgusting
@StephenPark Traction issues?
@StephenPark They start off at over 3400lbs dry. The engines are give or take 746lbs with a trans according to most websites. If you were going to strip one all the way down and built it from the ground up it doesn't really matter what car you use as anything can be built to be pretty quick when done from the ground up. They have a 100 inch wheel base which is right in the middle of the road as far as wheel base goes.
If you were going to run one in a class that wasn't unlimited you're starting off with something pretty heavy. A guy I used to autocross with had one and it always looked huge going around the track. A lot of time attack cars tend to be smaller, more compact, and if you look at the Tsukuba lap battles historically HKS always did well with 4wd platforms like the CT230R. Obviously the R35 and various GT-R configurations kind of side step the weight argument but theres a plethora of technology behind those cars that the Supras never had.
More than all of that I think it's just a weight / cost effectiveness problem. You're taking something really heavy as a base and having to do a lot when you could just buy an RX7 or 240SX or something else and strip it down even more. Just my thoughts.
@StephenPark search the gorrilla industries time attack supra.
@Hotcakes Yep it's a rare car to see these days! I hardly see them in Japan any more, not that it ever was as popular as it was in the US mind you
@Option86 Esprit are very good at doing these sort of cars
@KietaPhillips Would love to see it in action:)
@totophi Maybe we should get Andrew Brilliant in here to comment :)
@MaxChase If Toyota revive it, it will be for ever. For now it's just a lost child from the golden era of the JDM...
@japanophile25 They don't care, it's built for track, and on track if you want big downforce you run a big wing. Pretty simple!
Tubbobeams, I don't like it so much either, but I can't impose my likes on someone else, and conversely I wouldn't want someone else imposing on me. So I'd throttle back the hate...
@StephenPark +1 to this. I personally would love to see more supras on a technical than going fast in a straight line. But I guess, it's just not practical for most tuners because of the weight issue.
@speedhunters_dino Likewise, waiting/searching for footage.
@totophi Thats a PS of my shot of the RWB Rough Rhythm
@speedhunters_dino @meal stub @StephenPark For some reason the link F'ed up. http://timeattack.nu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Untitled-1.jpgLittle video from 2010 where it was running a bit over 800PS. Now its around 900 at the wheels but only runs that map at certain tracks, comfortably around 800 otherwise- even in the rain. ;-)https://vimeo.com/21423040
Regarding the discussion. This is the fastest Supra in all of Europe, we did the engine concept a few years ago and its been faster for every season. Its according to Japanese "decently streetable" Time Attack regulations and on semi-slicks; but runs even based on laptimes at Rudskogen with the wildest Gatebil Extreme cars. Not bad?
http://timeattack.nu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Untitled-1.jpgPS. The Evo is not bad either for an even more streetable build. Current leader of the Swedish Time Attack series (www.timeattack.nu).
@Hotcakes Yeah they aren't that common these days