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VARIS A90 SUPRA / POWERED BY CHEMICAL GUYS / WORDS: EVA SKIBINSKI

A LEGEND REBORN

 

The Toyota Supra, a car that requires no introduction, famed for its legendary 2JZ-GTE power plant – the pinnacle of Japanese over-engineering. Following a lengthy hiatus after the iconic MK4 Supra ceased production in the early 2000s, it’s needless to say, Toyota’s decision to collaborate with BMW to revive the Supra nameplate certainly raised a few eyebrows amongst purists.

Despite its controversial launch, the Supra’s reincarnation proved itself worthy, crafted with the form and function of a modern sports car while remaining faithful to its legendary bloodline. Bearing a straight-six engine and rear-wheel drive layout, the MK5 GR holds its own in today’s automotive scene, attributing a modern flair to the Supra’s legacy.

The Supra is no stranger to an abundance of aftermarket support, and Street Elements Supra GR is no exception to the rebirth of the highly modifiable platform. Their Supra pays homage to its legendary predecessor by embodying the Japanese influence of “less is more”, blending a fusion of visual aesthetics and that iconic Supra power.

JDM FLAIR

 

Following the cultural phenomenon of an infamous bright orange MK4 Supra from the Fast and Furious franchise, the Supra solidified itself in the hearts of many JDM fanatics, leading the expectations of the icon’s revival to be at a warranted all-time high. It is no secret that the MK5 Supra bears striking similarities to the not-so-distant BMW Z4, with both cars sharing identical engines, chassis, transmission, and the list goes on. The revival of the legend had many purists questioning whether the Supra GR could emulate that same JDM flair, and Street Elements has proved just that.

Far from the ordinary MK5 Supra, fitted with a Varis Arising-I Aero Suite, evoking the aesthetics of peak JDM tuning. For Japanese tuner enthusiasts, you’ll understand the cultural significance of the infamous Varis Tuning shop as one of the world’s most influential aero manufacturers. It doesn’t stop there. The huge wing hanging off the back required some fabrication to adapt a Varis Kamikaze-R wing designed for the R35 GT-R – adding a custom flair of aerodynamics and style.

What completes the Japanese styling of this build is undoubtedly, the bronze Rays Volk Racing TE37s Ultra M-Spec wheels. Legendary for the origin of the forged sports wheel, the TE37’s lightweight, 6-spoke design is simply timeless. Riding low on KW INOX Variant 3 coilovers, combined with meaty Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, it’s clear this Supra means business with its track stance appearance.

“COMBINING A NUMBER OF AFTERMARKET COMPONENTS, THIS CAR IS DEFINITELY A HEAD TURNER.”

Owner Spotlight

SHOWROOM CENTREPIECE

 

Street Element is a specialist in JDM and Euro aftermarket parts, and what better car to showcase their products than BMW and Toyota’s joint venture? 

Fixated on the Supra showcased at the centre of the Toyota dealership, Larry, the founder of Street Element explained “All it took was a test drive… and the rest is history”. Having owned Toyotas in the past, not only was it a personal goal, but it was imperative that Street Element built a car that proved their dedication to the culture of the modified car scene.

Their Supra exudes class and sophistication, being one of the first to sport the British Racing Green wrap, harmoniously complementing the carbon fibre add-ons – a certified head turner. By closely following the minimalist Japanese mantra, Street Element ensured all exterior components of the Supra not only elevated the curves of the car, but added an overall aggressive demeanor. 

Not only does this Supra look its best, but it sounds the part, flaunting a Tomei Expreme titanium exhaust system coupled with a DMK Performance Downpipe, in turn creating an exhilarating driving experience. Despite this Supra being built as a showcase car, it has been driven and not hidden, putting its impressive power to use at Sydney Motorsport Park. Providing a 50/50 weight distribution, this Supra has proved itself to be an impeccable balance of style and power.

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SPECIAL THANKS

WHAT’S NEXT?

 

Street Element’s Supra is a contemporary representation of the rich Japanese heritage embedded within the Supra name.

Being the visually aesthetic masterpiece it is, Street Element would not have chosen the build direction to be any different “If anything the bar is set higher for my next venture”.

Although the Street Element Supra’s journey has concluded, it is not the end for this Supra just yet, with the next phase of the build now in the hands of its new owner.

BEHIND THE BUILD

 

Expectedly, every build comes with hurdles, but surprisingly, the build process of the Supra was predominantly smooth sailing.

The greatest challenge having been the prolonged wait times and limited stock due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Street Elements would like to thank Raj and Chris from Squadra Bespoke for sourcing the parts and wrap, Micky from MK Motorsports for the Rays wheels, Jarrod and Boyd from Heasmans Steering for all the suspension work, Eddie from DNA Lab for the Feynlab ceramic coating, Alex from Iilumo, Mike from House Of Stance, Tony from House Of Iilumnate, Max from Dmaker Taiwan, Jostin from Manspeed, Jason and the team from THE-LOWDOWN.com and most importantly my shop manager Harry for looking after the car left, right and centre.

With a special mention to his partner in crime, Charmy for their continuous support.

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