Sol’s A80 Build…Introduction

Today I have something a little different for you guys, we’ll be taking a first look at Sol’s 1998 Toyota Supra A80 Build. Most would know about Sol and his Mitsubishi Evolution IX where he set the fastest 1/4 mile time of 9.788 secs. He is also the owner of a S2000 which puts out an impressive 415whp, that was driven by Top Gear’s Stig around the recently renovated Bushy Park Circuit during a promo for the upcoming Top Gear Festival. Digging a little deeper in his stable you will find a AE86 fully restored to pristine condition. But with the host of vehicles in his garage something was still missing, when looking around there was nothing that combined both comfort and performance.

Sol was always a fan of big cars and always had a great love for the Toyota Supra so when the opportunity presented itself for him to get one he wasted no time. It wasn’t until after he had the car that he then realized how comfortable it was. Because of this, he also noticed how tame the car was in stock form. Being the performance junkie he is, combined with the great amount of aftermarket support available for the Supra; it was a no brainer to fuse both comfort and performance.

The main goal in mind for this build  is basically to have 700whp on pump gas that can be driven daily if need be. And with comfort and reliability in mind, the car must still maintain all the full features it came with from the factory, AC,PS,PW etc. Another important rule for this build was that it must still maintain a relatively quiet exhaust.

In a nutshell, that’s basically what sparked the motivation for this build. Let’s get onto the photos so you guys can see exactly how it currently sits…

Equipped with the OEM side skirts and rear spats that will be changed over time…

Rear view where you can get a glimpse of the Greddy 3″ titanium exhaust…

One of the modifications that this Mark IV came with is an upgraded Blitz front mount intercooler…

Behind the 18″ Rota wheels you will find the standard Supra brakes which may very well remain for some time…

The specs on the wheels are 18×9 +35 wrapped in Hankook Ventus RS3 235/40/18 rubber. The suspension department is taken care of with the use of Tein flex dampeners.

For a car of this age, the interior is in pretty good shape…

A view of the cockpit, where an upgraded HKS ECU can be found managing all of the Supra’s duties…

Close up of the Trust shift knob…

Instrument cluster…

Some of the upgrades that were on board was this Defi boost gauge and HKS EVC boost controller…

Under the hood sat the stock 2J with an upgraded Blitz intercooler and 3″ piping.

As you can see everything here is as standard as it can get…

Close up of the valve cover…

When the car first arrived it had a host of these magnetic ‘balancers’ throughout the engine bay…

A view of the HKS EVC boost controller unit in the engine bay, boost pressure has been increased from 10psi to 20psi but admittedly that still is no where close to what is in store for this motor…

 

That’s it for today’s post, thanks for taking a look and I’ll leave you guys with one last shot until the next update…

 

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