Toyota owes us a 10-second car with its GR Supra SEMA build

Toyota programs to carry a pair of GR Supras designed for drag racing to the 2022 SEMA Show. The hitch, even so, is that each individual a person must be a “10-2nd automobile.” Even more complicating the builds is the fact that the spending budget for each individual Supra is just $10,000, a trifling sum for the usual SEMA make. 

Now, if the title of “10-next car or truck” is a reference to 1 of the most unforgettable scenes from the “Fast & Furious” franchise, Toyota hasn’t mentioned. In the climax of the to start with movie — now over 20 many years old, get off our garden — Paul Walker’s undercover cop character offers Vin Diesel’s avenue racing anti-hero his 1994 Toyota Supra so the latter can escape the legislation after his Dodge Charger is destroyed. “I owe you a 10-2nd vehicle,” he suggests as he arms in excess of the keys, referencing a wager made at the begin of the motion picture. 

In a film full of corny quotations, the line has come to be immortalized by enthusiasts who aren’t necessarily auto folks. Strictly talking, a 10-next car is a car or truck that can run the quarter-mile in the 10-second array. That indicates any time under 11. seconds, not, as several film buffs erroneously believe, beneath 10.. The Toyota builders are focusing on a time of 10. to 10.5 seconds.

Like they did with the Supra in the motion picture, Toyota hopes to complete this with a modest spending plan and some elbow grease. To attain that target, they’re going to need to have to increase about 30%-40% far more horsepower to the stock inline-six engine’s 382. There is, having said that, some evidence to show that Toyota may possibly have been underneath-ranking the GR Supra’s precise output.

Toyota engineers are installing a larger radiator, an HKS suspension, Weld drag wheels with Mickey Thompson semi-slicks, an aftermarket exhaust, and racing harnesses. Using some again-of-serviette calculations, that puts them at the $10,000 mark, if not exceeding it by now. Isn’t really that the scenario for any venture auto, while?

Obviously, remaining Toyota has some strengths. They have an entire fabrication store prepared to make a roll cage and belt bar. They likely know a small additional about re-programming the Ecu than a shadetree mechanic, as well. These autos were also previous protection automobiles for the NASCAR Xfinity series, so it is really not crystal clear if modifications manufactured for rate responsibility were being element of the $10,000 allowance or not.

The objective, according to Marty Schwerter, staff manager for the SEMA build, is to present that for about $10 grand you can make a 3-yr-previous automobile into a competitive drag racer. A lot more will be unveiled in the operate-up to the SEMA Display on November 1.