THE DRAG WEEK SHAKEUP
HOT ROD'S Drag Week isn't the place to go if you're an avid, diehard import fan. The title alone should make that crystal clear. However, the once strictly domestic affair has regularly seen more and more "foreign" competitors, and from time to time they do OK. This year was a little different with this white '95 Toyota Supra in the mix that had everyone talking—and this time they weren't just talking shit.
The premise of the event revolves around competitors being tasked with street driving their builds more than 1,000 miles using public roads, typically with tools, equipment, and backup parts in tow, as they embark on a five-day journey that includes four different dragstrip visits and some very unforgiving mountain roads. Certainly, a cause for concern, especially when tugging a trailer behind a car that’s built to move as quickly as possible for 1,320 feet from a dead stop. Not surprisingly, many competitors don't finish the entire trip due to engine failures and associated equipment gremlins. In the mix of muscle cars and Detroit Iron, you'll find a few Civics, Z cars, Euros, and some oddballs thrown in as well.
Back to that Toyota… This Supra, owned and piloted by Geovannie Castillo of Florida’s Real Street Performance, carries an 1,800hp punch by way of a rather sizeable 88mm Precision snail that sees upward of 60 psi with a taste of ethanol and MOTEC calling the shots. All of this is done with a stock block and head. Now, hold on a second, calm down. A "stock block and head" refers to the long-block being standard Toyota issue. Obviously, the stock internals aren't going to handle close to 2,000 hp, and everything (and I do mean everything) has been upgraded to help produce the astronomical power numbers without the use of a custom billet block.
The multiple dragstrip visits, towing, and unforgiving street driving are a challenge, and Castillo's Supra not only met that challenge and completed the task, but also managed to average 7.94 seconds at 178 mph with a best e.t. of 7.50 and top speed of 195 mph! That was enough to claim the new small tire record, and here at the office, the domestic bunch were buzzing at just how cool the car was and how they were genuinely impressed with the effort. We're looking forward to seeing this Supra step back in the ring for 2019!