In an era where modern supercars dominate the streets, we often forget about the iconic “Ferrari-killers” of yesteryear – and in particular the cars that shaped our views on the speed-dominating culture today. For me that was none other than the Toyota Supra made famous by The Fast & The Furious Franchise. Driven by a thirst for street and strip dominance, the Supra was intended to do one thing and one thing only – haul ass!
Combining a hefty 3-litre 2JZ-GTE 6-cylinder engine with a twin turbo Hitachi turbo setup saw power figures exceeding the 239kw mark in stock European and American derived guise, with the sprint to the 100km/h mark from standstill being hit in sub 5-seconds – not too bad for a model produced in 1993!
Deon Visser, the man behind Remus Exhausts South Africa, is the blessed owner of this example of Japanese Fury. After initially seeing the car taking part in local drag races in the United Kingdom, Deon knew that this would be his ultimate weekend toy, and immediately set the ball rolling on purchasing it and having it shipped through to South African shores.
With an ultimate goal of producing a showstopper on any stage, be it a show and shine contest or a drag race, Deon’s aim for this toy was to produce the perfect weekend toy; one that delivered respectable power to enjoy without being too wild and uncontrollable, and had the looks and ride quality to take it out onto practically any tarred road at any time. In saying this, having a Supra running stock gear is like doing a sprint in sneakers – it can be done but is better with high performance sprinting spikes.
Like anabolic steroids to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the twin turbo setup was binned in favour of a much larger and more capable charger in the form of a Trust T88 turbocharger – so large in fact that is capable of swallowing a small pet whole! With an increase in boost comes the need to adequately cool this addition in airflow, and to do this, Deon slotted in a massive Blitz front-mount intercooler – replacing the two smaller stock units.
The standard 550cc injectors together with a pair of high-pressure aftermarket fuel pumps and Earl fuel lines deliver the 95-Octane pump fuel through to the thirsty power-plant. A set of feral HKS cams ensure that the intake and exhaust valves stay open just a little longer. Controlling the chaos under the bonnet is performed by none other than a home-grown GoTech Pro-X system, whereas the rumble of the rich and deep exhaust tones are harmonised with one of Remus’s signature Wild Label performance exhaust systems. All of these additions have seen the power translate into 340kw being planted directly onto the rear wheels, and at only 0.9bar! With the wheels spinning all the way into third gear at such a low rating producing more than enough of a thrill for even the biggest boost lovers out there!
As mentioned before, this Supra is not all go and no show. As you can clearly see, Deon definitely did not go the regular route of a simple bodykit and a paint job. A genuine Veilside bodykit adds more flare to the exterior, while a combination of blood red, jet black, and silver from DNA Paint’s costly HolaSpex range makes it look like no other. This paint coat really is the business, incorporating special metallic flakes which flip the colours in the sunshine. Other exterior additions include upgraded side mirrors, headlights and taillights, mirror tint on the windows, as well as a carbon fibre drag rear boot spoiler that has been sprayed in the same blood red as the rest of the partial body.
The interior has remained relatively tame in comparison, and sees the carpets being redone, as well as the seats which have been enveloped on upmarket and fresh black leather. Pointing the Supra in the right direction is the job of the Momo steering wheel, while a variety of gauges aftermarket Greddy gauges assist Deon in monitoring the anarchy that’s taking place under the hood.
No show car would be complete without having the full package – from power to eardrum blowing performance so Deon enlisted the help of Ebie from Creative Rides to give the Supra a proper once-over and to give a strong system that will be pleasing to the ear. Nothing but the best components were used for the custom build with the amplifier, subwoofer, and split system all coming from the Rockford Fosgate stable. Finally, a JVC in-dash DVD unit was tossed in to keep your eyes and ears happy if the hum of the 2JZ becomes too much to handle.
With a build as extensive as this, the wheel and tyre setup has to match the power and killer looks. Under the arches, a set of 20-inch Route II wheels in Yokohama rubber take their place, while meeting of the arch and rubber is brought closer thanks to Tein electronic suspension with height adjustable shock absorbers. Further stability control comes from TRD front and rear anti-roll bars, along with special custom polyurethane suspension bushes. Deon’s desire to build a showstopper has come to life with this Supra, and it’s an ideal platform to use to showcase his exclusive Remus range of exhausts.
Words & Photography by Ryan de Smit
There have been quite a few VW Polo's popping up in the scene lately, and for good reason. They’re quick, efficient and they make the perfect canvas for a car enthusiast like Charlene Naidoo. As popular as they may be, Charlene’s Polo is definitely one of a kind. We recently hung out with Charlene and got a closer look at “Blush”, the Polo with serious AIRTITUDE.
Charlene started her work of art by getting the grill, roof, bonnet, windshields, rims and beadings dipped in blue which already changed the cars appearance in a huge way.
Next up was to decide on a set of rims which was is no easy task when millions of designs are available in today’s massive wheel market. A set of HRE rims were tried on first, followed by a set of Rotiforms, but Charlene finally settled on a set of BBS LM rims that she had sprayed ice white.
The horrid wheel gap that stance addicts despise is no longer an issue thanks to the Tabeo air suspension kit fitted by Stance Engineering. Now Charlene can raise and lower her car with just the touch of a button. Does this make Charlene the first female to own a bagged car in Durbs?
The exterior also sees the addition of a Cupra lip hugging onto the front bumper and custom colour coded eyelids that give the front-end that aggressive look. A head turner indeed, and that’s before you even get to see the interior.
The seats have been reupholstered in blue leather and checked cloth. The dashboard panels as well as the A, B & C pillars and vent surrounds have been sprayed the same shade of blue as the seat leather. These changes flow perfectly together with the Polo's stock dash lighting.
Sound wise, this baby has been fitted with an XTC audio double din that splits the signal to the XTC audio 4channel amp and Boss audio monoblock. Pioneer mids and tweeters supply the mid/high frequencies and the bass is supplied by a trio of Targa street series 12inch woofers, but that’s about to change because Blush is always under construction.
The car was built to be a head-turner so performance mods were kept subtle with just a Primaforce branch and exhaust in play. A custom engine bay cover has been made to match the exterior with some of the names of contributing companies that helped get Blush to where she is now.
A few other extras include a Webasto tilt and slide sunroof, dice tyre valve caps, an assortment of stickers, an H.I.D kit and Lamin x lights.
Charlene would like to thank her husband Tyrone, Stance Engineering, and everybody else involved in getting Blush to where she is today. We can all agree that she’s a real beauty and we’re sure this won’t be the last we hear of her!
It’s not every day that you see a lady pulling up in a bright pink Nissan R35 GT-R kitted to the tee and sporting all the right bits in all the right places. Then again, it’s not every day that you get to meet a lady like Simone Steyn.
We were fortunate enough to meet with Simone recently to discuss her racing addiction and her 1000+hp machine.
Simone started racing in 2014 and has been hooked ever since. She has competed in numerous events including the ‘’SA Top 20 - Street Outlaws’’ event where she currently still holds the No. 1 spot and she also just happens to be the 16th fastest in SA over the 1000m. To put things into perspective, this beautiful beast runs a standing 1/4 mile of 9.5 seconds and fly’s down the 1 km strip at an incredible 305km/h!
For the car to do these incredible times, the guys at NXGen have fitted the VR38DETT with the Alpha 9 kit including the upgraded Alpha 9 Turbochargers, 1600cc injectors to fuel the hungry beast and a healthy dose of Nitrous to top it all off.
The car also has a full HKS Exhaust System which sounds absolutely amazing. As soon as it starts up you know it means business and at full power it’s breathtaking to say the least. The internals were swapped out in favour of some forged Manley goodies to make sure everything stays together whilst pumping out 1000+ hp. The car also has COBB intakes and Ecutek software to keep everything in check. All this power combined currently makes an astounding 1087hp!
A few other small trick bits like the GT-R badges being made pink to tie in with the rest of the car add the perfect touch and the decals warn other road users that this is no ordinary GT-R. Simone’s GT-R also sports the Premium GT-R LED Taillights and HID headlights with the LED daytime running lights.
To set her GT-R apart from the rest, Simone had the car wrapped in the stunning shade of pink you see before you which really makes the gloss black accents of the roof and wheels pop.
Under the bonnet things look almost completely stock standard besides the Nitrous foggers and COBB intakes, I personally think it is a testament to how amazing these VR38DETT motors are and how quickly they respond to aftermarket parts. The gearbox has also had some custom work done to it in order to shift through the high power the car is making.
Looking at the wheels, you'll notice that they are wrapped in super sticky Toyo R888 semi slicks to make sure all that power can be put down, and the factory Brembo’s make sure things come to a halt as quickly as they go.
Being a Premium Edition GT-R, the interior of the comes stock standard with almost everything a person could ever want or need so Simone only added strictly the necessary items like the anti-roll cage, the Sparco racing harnesses and of course the magical ‘go baby go’ button on the steering wheel that engages the NOS tank sitting snuggly in the boot.
Simone would like to thank her husband Graeme for introducing her to the sport of drag racing and for building her one of the quickest GTR’s in the country. She would also like to thank Craig, Basil and Riaan from NXGen as well as everyone else involved for all their hard work in getting the car to where it is today.