Behind the Build: Super Street Magazine Begins Its Toyota Supra Project for SEMA 2019

Words/Jonathan Wong

Photos/Courtesy of Super Street Magazine

In case you haven’t heard, we’re sharing the news again: Super Street Magazine will debut its A90 Toyota Supra project car in the ENEOS booth  #24415 at the 2019 SEMA Show. To have Toyota’s latest generation sports car representing our brand is exciting news, and we’re equally excited to see how far Super Street Editor-in-Chief, Sam Du, will take it!

Being one of the first to acquire a Launch Edition Supra from Longo Toyota, he’s already begun to modify the car, working with several different companies to help bring his vision of the perfect A90 to fruition.

First things first: Sam had to lower it. AutoTuned in Monrovia, CA helped install a set of H&R Sport lowering springs, which brought the ride height down 1” front and ¾” rear, giving a subtle but noticeable drop.

Rolling on factory wheels for now, Sam decided to add 18mm H&R wheel spacers to help fill the fenders, making them sit more flush with the bodywork for a more aggressive look. AutoTuned also installed a Magnaflow exhaust, which gives the Supra a more noticeable growl when the accelerator is punched.

Next, the Supra went to Evasive Motorsports – a long-time ENEOS user and collaborator on Dai Yoshihara’s Pikes Peak 86 hill climb race car – where they are developing aero parts for its EVS Tuning division. As part of this first build phase, Evasive test-fitted the EVS front lip kit and installed a set of prototype KW coilovers, carbon/Kevlar Recaro Pro Racer SPA seats and a smaller wheel setup utilizing 18×10.5” Titan7 T-S5 wheels with Yokohama A052 tires for shakedown testing.

Before it saw any track action, Sam took the Supra to XPEL to receive its Prime Paint Protection Film applied to the vehicle exterior, including the bumpers, fenders, doors, rear quarter panels and headlights. This UV-treated film will help prevent pitting caused by loose gravel on the road and paint fading caused by sunlight.

As you can see, a lot of work remains before SEMA, including the final version of the EVS aero package and a BBS wheel setup. Our next Behind The Build feature will highlight our day trip to Buttonwillow where Evasive and Dai Yoshihara put in some hot laps prior to entering the Super Lap Battle time attack that follows SEMA.

Visit ENEOS at SEMA 2019 in booth #24415 in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 5-8, 2019.