When Francisco Gurule isn't indulging in his pastime shooting photos of his '97 Alpine Silver, Limited Edition, 15th Anniversary Supra, he can be found either driving it or working on it. Franciso says 99 percent of the work involved in getting the stock-block 2JZ-GTE to hit the 718 whp, 577 lb-ft of torque mark was accomplished by him.
Generally, reliability and horsepower figures multiplied by factors of more than two don't mix, that is, unless you're dealing with Toyota's 2JZ. While the power figures are impressive, it isn't hard to believe Francisco's claims of driving his Supra 1,000 miles to Texas' TX2K Supra meet and cranking up the boost, leaving a Hayabusa rider little more than a whiff of what the 2JZ/Precision Turbo 74 GTS combo ignited, compressed and ultimately spit out. The MKIV's augmented with a GReddy three-row intercooler and a TiAL 46mm wastegate that's popped opened and closed when the HKS EVC VI boost controller tells it to; in Francisco's case that's 1.1 bar on pump gas and 1.7 bar on C16. Either way, all is tuned with nothing more than an HKS VPC and GCC combination and monitored with a PLX wideband air/fuel ratio meter and GReddy peak and hold gauges. Surprisingly, the ECU remains completely untouched. Fuel vapors for the Hayabusa guy come courtesy of twin Walbro in-tank pumps, 880cc/min injectors, Powerhouse fuel rail and Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator. Francisco also ensured all that torque is applied effectively with the addition of a Getrag six-speed gearbox fitted with an HKS triple-disc clutch and chrome-moly flywheel. HKS Hipermax II drag coilovers keep the tires planted properly and Hawk brake pads, in tandem with steel-braided lines and stock rotors and calipers, get them to stop rolling on a whim.
Francisco says he plans to turn up the boost to an even 2.0 bar and see just where that leads him. Is a fully built 2JZ-GTE in this Supra owner's future or are we about to witness one of the most powerful stock-internal 2JZ's?
Nick Brown says Subarus are few and far between in Somerset, MA. He says that's one reason his '05 Subaru STi stands out from everything else. We disagree. Nick's STi would likely garnish its fair share of attention despite the number of other WRX's and STi's in its presence.
Nick and his STi spend ample time at the dragstrip as well as at the shows. As such, this Subie's been modified accordingly. On the race side, Nick fitted his STi's underside with Cobb Tuning sport springs and Rota Formula Mesh 18-inch rims accompanied with Toyo Proxes T1R tires. Power figures are enhanced with a Perrin big MAF intake system, inlet pipe and blow-off valve, Invidia 3-inch turbo-back exhaust, UR up-pipe and dump tube and an Agency Power header. The Helix RR500 turbocharger is regulated by a TiAL 38mm wastegate and Prodrive boost solenoid. Cobb Tuning's AccessPort also handles tuning, which lets Nick access maps for both 93 octane and 116 octane on the fly. Race maps are made possible with the addition of Helix 860cc/min injectors and a Walbro 255lph fuel pump. An SSAC front-mount intercooler kit eliminates the factory-positioned top-mount unit for a more aggressive look and cooler charge.
For show duty, Nick's reengineered the STi's outside with a repainted hood, roof and trunk matched with a carbon-fiber scoop and front lip, HID's and JDM taillights. WRX side skirts were swapped in place as well as a JDM rear skirt and more carbon-fiber bits in the form of window pillars and mirror overlays. The interior hosts an ATI three-gauge pod, Prosport boost, air/fuel and voltage gauges and Eclipse CD/DVD navigation unit. The headliner was rewrapped in black suede and the pillars, visors and door handles were redone in black, while the shift boot and emergency brake handle were customized to a blue with black-stitch finish.
Give yourself some credit, Nick. This STi's likely to stand out anywhere, regardless of the Subaru count.