It seems like lately, I have been having somewhat of a crush on Supras. I would say I’m sorry for this but honestly… I’m not. I kept saying how difficult it was to find Supras here in Tokyo and if we are looking SPECIFICALLY in Tokyo, that statement would still remain somewhat accurate. However, if you expand your search, and open the right doors, you can find almost anything you are looking for. Also, Facebook helps..
About four months ago, I bumped into Hiba San on Facebook while I was searching my friends list for possible features and just knew I had to feature his 2001 Toyota Supra RZ-S: for you, the readers of course.
At the time, I really wanted to shoot his car during the day time but due to scheduling complications, we had to shoot during the late evening. Unfortunately due to time constraints (I was an idiot and forgot to schedule a rent a car in advance) we had to try and rush things before the last train. So we decided to reschedule another shoot once I returned from my trip to America.
This did however, give me time to get to know Hiba San and his Supra a little bit before the re shoot.
10 years ago, Hiba San was on the hunt for a sports car even though his wife really preferred he get something a little bit more ‘family friendly’. It was then he laid eyes on the Toyota Supra: A 1970 Supra to be exact. The classic body lines and manual transmission among other things won over Hiba San.
Therefore, fast forward to 2009 and still one slightly annoyed but understanding wife, Hiba San was looking at yet another Supra. He had the pleasure of owning a 1990 Mark II Tourer V after his first Supra and fell in love with the Jz straight six engine and just had to have it again in his next car.
So, with the requirement of the next car having to have a straight six (1jz or 2jz), great body design, and manual transmission, he purchased this 2001 Toyota Supra RZ-S and let the modification bug run ramped.
I can’t even begin to list all the things that Hiba San has done to his Supra over the past 6 years. I mean, it would basically take up this entire article and personally I think that would be incredibly boring to read. So I won’t. However, I will mention a few things such as the Ridox aero kit.
Hiba San fell in love with the kit because it doesn’t alter the natural body lines of the Supra.
Thus, almost everything you see from front to back is Ridox. Carbon fiber Front bumper, both front and rear fenders , carbon fiber panels, carbon fiber canards
and carbon fiber side skirts are all Ridox
which when paired with the Varis carbon fiber hood and that giant carbon fiber Voltex GT 3 wing, pulls the whole image together.
Of course, the 19″ TE37s Rays
wrapped in Yokohama Advan tires (245F, 275R) also help complete the visual vision that Hiba San had in mind for his Supra.
Riding along with Hiba San, you really get the sense of fun and a thrilling driving experience. Driving around at night and allowing the straight six to stretch her legs a little bit causes the entire cabin to be filled with a orgasmic sound rumbling out the Amuse R1 titan exhaust followed by the chirp of the blow off valve.
The Ikeya Formula suspension setup Hiba San choose to use does not cause the ride to become too stiff to the point where you can feel every pebble you drive over, but is stiff enough for a confidence feel while racing around a circuit, which Hiba San does go to quite often.
The seats were probably the biggest problem for me since the Recaro Sports Seat RS were just a little too snug on my American built body
However they fit Hiba San perfectly so that’s all that really matters.
I also suppose trying to maneuver around the 10 point Saito roll cage was difficult but can you really put a price on safety?
We now come to the classic problem that most of us have with the interior of the MK IV Supra. Sitting in the passenger seat, you really do feel like there is nothing for you to do because all the gages are aimed at the driver and if you are riding in a ‘stock’ Supra, this could cause severe boredom.
However, once you’re behind the wheel, I can see why the Toyota designers did it.
With everything being aimed at you, it’s really easily to play with whatever you need to do such as adjusting the air conditioner or radio, and quickly return back to focusing on driving.
Especially in Hiba San Supra where all you really want to do for hours on end is drive. Find a stretch of empty highways or circuit and just drive.
I mention the engine a little while ago but we really should take another look at it because it is simply immaculate.
To Hiba San, the 2jz was an amazing engine straight from the factory, however he wanted a little more out of it.
Thus, the entire thing was overhauled as soon as he got his hands on it. Head gaskets, valves, cylinder heads, port and polish, rebuilt turbos, damn near everything from the original configuration had to go and be replaced with new and much, much, much more expensive parts.
About 1.2 million yen (~10,000 USD) worth of expensive parts to be exact. I’m sure his wife was THRILLED when that bill came in but hey, that’s the cost to have around 500whp.
Hiba San is a true enthusiast in my eyes and I highly doubt any of you would disagree with me. Not only had he modified his car to his own taste, but has used his love for cars to meet other enthusiasts as well.
In his Supra friend group alone, 50 individuals with Supras ranging from stock to over 900whp monsters, which yes.. is quite the ‘experience’, call him his good friend. Even his two sons love his car. He tells me that they are constantly asking him to let them drive his car or to just simply give it to them even though both of them are not old enough to legally drive yet. Hell, I can’t blame them though because I’m right behind them in line asking for the keys. Guess this means I might need to buy my own MK IV Supra in the near feature.