I first saw this car for myself at Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 when Kenshiro Gushi drove for Team RSR then. It was hard not to notice the car with its striking red and white livery.
From Jakarta, it was sent to Singapore – to HKS Garage R specifically – where the car was prepared and worked on before it went on its way to Kuala Lumpur for Formula Drift Malaysia 2011.
During its time in Singapore, I had the opportunity to get closer to it. Why was the car at Garage R? Well, Garage R is the RSR distributor for Singapore, hence the technical and mechanical work support was rendered by them.
Gushi’s contract with RSR expired after Formula Drift Indonesia, hence it was Manabu Orido who drove it for the Malaysian leg. Before Indonesia, Gushi had previously driven this RSR Supra at Yas Marina for the Formula Drift Middle East Invitational.
Orido always had a penchant for Supras, for both competition and personal purposes. This particular Supra belongs to RSR Japan and they entered the Formula Drift Asia series for the first time this year with this car. It was previously used by Orido in D1GP back in Japan – and no this is not the one that got smashed up by a sleeping truck driver.
In recent years, RSR concentrated their efforts on the Formula Drift USA series with Gushi of the famous Scion RSR team who represented them as their driver-ambassador. At the beginning of this year, RSR Japan took a great interest in the Formula Drift Asia series as they looked to build up their market presence in ASEAN.
RSR approached Driftpac (the rights holder to Formula Drift Asia as well as the technical consultant for the event) and that’s how the RSR Supra made its way to Formula Drift Asia.
For the Formula Drift Asia 2011 season finale in Kuala Lumpur, the RSR Supra went through a major revamp internally, although on the exterior it innocently bears the same look as before.
The car was sent for an overhaul so as to match up to the ever-increasing technical demands of Formula Drift. Running on Kumho Tires Ecsta XS extreme performance tyres, Orido brilliantly drifted the car to second place at Dataran Merdeka – a well-deserved result on his Formula Drift debut.
Here are the technical specifications of the car:
Vehicle name: Toyota SUPRA
Maximum Power: 830PS
Maximum Torque: 102kg/cm
Bodywork / Exterior: RIDOX front and rear bumper, hood, front and rear fender, carbon GT wing, carbon left and right doors, rear gate JGTC spec
Body reinforcement: Roll bar, side and rear acrylic window, cycle fender by Flatwell
Interior: Original carbon panel kit, TAKATA harness, Nardi Classic steering wheel 33φ
Engine: Original Garrett turbine SPL full kit, original intercooler, RS-R Exmag GT Sports muffler, SARD fuel delivery pipe, injector 1,000cc fuel pump, AERO MOTIVE original ignition coil, MOTEC full CPU and harness, engine oil cooler 32 steps, CP piston ＆ BC stroke up kit 3.4L, original surge tank, original racing radiator, original washer spray cooling system, ATL quick charger
Suspension and Drivetrain: Coilovers: RS-R i-SHOCK Sports; Arm: original full pillow front upper arm and lower arm, original tie rod and knuckle arm; Clutch: ORC triple plate clutch; Transmission: G-FORCE (dog 4MT within the pump for the oil cooler), transmission oil cooler, LSD: Kaaz 2-way original strengthening propeller shaft; Brake: front and rear project μbrake caliper and rotor kit
Tyres: KUMHO; Front – 235/40R18, Rear – 265/35R18
Wheels: ENKEI GTC-01; Front - 18 inch 9J/18, Rear – 18 inch 10J/22