The new Toyota FT-1 concept was released today at the 2014 Detroit Auto show, not many details at this stage but hopefully it serves as a new platform for the supra. Few screen grabs from the live stream press conference.
Better quality pictures can be found here
One of my supra mates (TRD widebody with single turbo) invited me out to Sydney Motorsport Park for the launching of the new south circuit for the Australian Drifting Grand Prix and he also entered his car into a All Stars Show and Shine which was at the same event on Australia Day (26th January).
I’m not the biggest fan of drifting but it was a fun day out with plenty of variety of cars on display and some nice loud drifting 🙂
Some more pictures of the event below;
***UPDATE – Never put the word resolved with car issues until you are 100% sure! I never really resolved the issue, the 2jzgte vvti igniter seems to have limitations, I ended up going to a LS2 LQ9 Coil setup, info on the kit and installation can be found HERE
Everything posted below is what I did to minimise the issue but I did start having ignition issues again, I’ve amended the post below with all the updated information. I’m going to change from the stock 2JZGTE VVTi coils, leads and DH61 igniter to the LS2 LQ9 coils and report back my findings. I think there is fundamentally an issue with pushing higher boost and power with the stock DH61 igniter***
Have ignition issues? Never under-estimate the importance of the correct spark plug heat range!
For a while now I have had varying levels of spark blow out or ignition break down at anything over 23psi which I though were just bad coil packs, here are some of the things that were occurring, what I replaced and what I did to resolve it;
Back in late October 2012 myself and some friends took our supras and other cars down to a 1000m sprint event organised at an airport in a regional town named Cooma which is in NSW Australia. I had gone to a similar event the year before and had great fun but also the car was just tuned and I was sorting out bugs, this year I still had ignition issues but car did run better top speed.
I managed a best run of 24.1 seconds @ 240kph and 27th out of 95 overall, bet the lambo so that’s all that matters! Another supra guy ended up with a 21.6 second and 281kph with a 3.4lt beast, which was the top speed of the day. 35′ GTR took out the top stop with a run of 20 seconds flat at 261.8kph due to pesky AWD!
Start line was really bad loose surface, bad 30kph head wind and also runway was slight uphill. Hopefully next year I can improve with all the bugs in the car sorted and the start line getting re-surfaced.
Some video and pictures below.
A heap of new videos added to 2JZGarage 🙂
These are off my youtube channel over the last few years, plenty more to come!
So been a bit of progress complete on the car over the last month or so;
Installed the following;
- Okada Plasma booster (Same as HKS DLI)
- Carbonetic triple plate clutch and flywheel assembly
- TRD transmission mounts
- AP Shifter bushings
- New OEM components – 6 speed shifter and speed sensor seals, pilot bearing and rear main seal
- Fixed up some wiring and ran some new hose ready for BOV install
- Cleaned all the transmission, parts that came off and also the transmission tunnel
- Replaced diff fluid while I had car jacked up
Have new Tial Q bov and AEM air filter coming in next few weeks, so will be then installed and off with fresh plugs with no gap for a new tune and more boost! Hoping to crack at least 430rwkw on pump
Had to adjust the clutch a bit on the pedal free play rod but seems to hold the power well and the shifts are now very firm and precise.
Gearbox removed and noticed it had bit of an oil leak from shifter bushing so got around to replacing seals (Pics with brake/clutch fluid )