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!
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