1600HP MK3 Supra – Taking it to the Streets

January 30th, 2017

They call me Ishmael – not really – but this is a whale story. Moby Dick it ain’t but a great white whale of a 1987 Toyota Supra is the star of this story.

It’s not perfectly clear but I would guess that the moniker “Smiley’s White Whale” is derived from the pale paint color and the whale tail spoiler on the rear. It is perfectly clear, however, that this is no slow moving fish.

It is equipped with what is often called a 1.5JZ engine (a 1JZ cylinder head on a 2JZ bottom end). It is a 3.2-liter, in-line six-cylinder with aluminum connecting rods, built by SFT&E. Forced air induction is handled using a custom built Precision 8685 turbocharger. Shifting duties are routed through a straight cut gear or dogbox transmission (great for racing but a pain in traffic) that can handle the 1,489hp this setup delivers to the rear wheels. Underneath, the suspension and steering modifications are too extensive to list but this great looking car holds the pavement very well.

When the turbo is spooled up on this white whale, this car takes performance to a different dimension. Even though it’s not really a whale, it certainly has a big blow hole. Just listen to the video. This car looks and sounds amazing!

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