We attended the CarCultureUK Rebellion meet in Bedford recently. The CCUK meets are crazy and massive. One one of the many cars that caught our eye was Dave Batchelors mk4 Supra.
Dave definitely takes the prize for best entrance. As the crowd parted, Dave’s Supra slowly emerged from a cloud of tyre smoke, emitting a beautiful cacophony of 2JZ engine revs, performing a beautifully executed rolling burnout.
He’s a massive petrol head with a string of modified cars on his CV. Years ago he completely rebuilt his old series 2 RS turbo Escort which ended up pushing out 230bhp from its blown CVH, not bad at all. He’s also had a rare starlet GT quad light amongst others.
This mk4 Supra at first glance doesn’t look like much. It’s red…….mostly. The body is red with a carbon fibre bonnet, black front wings and a loose white front bumper.
Looks aside, the car sounds like it’s very well sorted, so we thought there must be more to this Supra, and there certainly was.
This kind of sleeper style really floats our boat. A well driven, well sorted car that hides its potential. It’s a serious win in our book.
So, what’s the car? It’s a mk4 Supra that started life as a non turbo manual. Dave ran it around for a few months until the head gasket gave up the ghost.
This spiraled out of control from here, as they do.
He pulled the engine stripped it to a bare block and built it up from there with some very juicy bits on it.
The 2JZ is known for being a strong unit and Dave has made the best of this by throwing in a polished crank, ARP rod bolts & head studs with a skimmed head and block with a 1.3mm head gasket, 440cc injectors and Walbro 255plh fuel pump. You’ve probably guessed by now but this Supra isn’t N/A any more. That just wouldn’t do so he’s bolted up a T67 turbo with Blitz SBC boost controller and an Emanage blue piggyback ECU.
Its running 454bhp at 12psi and to handle the extra horsepower and torque, an Act stage 3 clutch was installed and hidden inside is a cheeky roll cage.
That’s about as far Dave can go with the standard W58 manual gearbox and piggyback ECU, so the cars being taken off the road for some more upgrades.
There’s an BMW E46 M3 gearbox to go in and a Link G4+ standalone ECU. The car’s being stripped for a glass out repaint too so it’ll all be one colour.
One of the best things about this build is that Dave has done it all himself, on his driveway.
He’s a handy dude and has done it all himself, apart from the head and block skim, that had to go to a local machine shop. He even wrote the first ECU map himself. He ran it on his map to bed everything in the had it on the rolling road at nispro performance for fine tuning.
We asked Dave why he built it. Is it a track car or maybe drift slag? It’s done a bit of track work but mostly is a fast road, street drifter that thrives on chasing down anything that needs putting in its place.
It’s in for paint now and should be done ready for this bad ass Supra to take the lead in the Banzai Rally.
Dave’s also building 2 more Supra’s. One for himself and one for a friend. Both learning from this one and aiming for 600bhp+
We’re looking forward to bringing you more from this Supra as it develops, including a full shoot.
He also had a couple more Supra’s in tow at The Rebellion so we’ll find out more about those too.
With the M3 gearbox and standalone ECU, this Supra should be the naughty side of 600bhp.