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cxracing takes on the lord s work developing a 2jz swap kit for jza90 supra
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CXRacing takes on the lord’s work, developing a 2JZ swap kit for JZA90 Supra

Like all things related to the lord though, patience is a virtue… as the kit is still in the works

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Dinesh Appavu

27 Feb 2019


Remember how everyone that wouldn’t be able to afford the new Toyota Supra JZA90 went apeshit about the car not coming with the legendary 2JZ-GTE engine or at the very least, a Japanese straight-six?

Unfortunately, we do because deep down in our hearts, we begrudgingly admit saying a little prayer wishing the same before going to bed every night. Not all wishes are granted though but surprisingly, this one might be. The lord works in mysterious ways indeed.

CXRacing has indicated its interest to partake in carrying out the lord’s work by releasing on social media a digital rendering of the 2JZ-GTE twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline-six in the engine bay of a new Supra. The image was accompanied with an unmistakable caption, “2JZ-GTE Supra MK5 Swap Kits will be available for pre-order soon.”

The American performance part shop is famed for offering engine swap kits that allow engines from one manufacturer to be dropped into the chassis of another. There’s also the usual catalogue of performance parts and go-fast bits though they do cater to the lower end of the pricing chain; raising the possibility that you might get what you pay for.

Nonetheless, the image itself is the work of Ted Li, a Taiwanese designer who goes by @flathad3d on Instagram. According to Yahoo, CXRacing used the rendering without Ted’s permission.

Much in tune with our opening paragraph, the claim by CXRacing garnered mixed reviews on social media. “You probably won’t sell a lot of these kits. Anyone that can afford a Mk5 isn’t dumb enough to swap a 30-year-old engine in it and anyone who wants a 2JZ Mk5 can’t afford one,” mused one commenter and we’d be stupid to disagree.

However, most perplexing about the claim is that the new Supra hasn’t even hit the showrooms yet, which begs the question of how is CXRacing working on the conversion kit without an actual car?

Well, according to them they’ve 3D-printed prototype parts to swap a 2JZ engine with a T4 top-mount twin-turbo manifold and R154 six-speed manual transmission into the new Supra. Admitting the shop doesn’t actually have a physical new Supra in its premises, the kit is being developed around the supposed high-resolution 3D scan of the engine bay.

That someone would make a 2JZ swap kit for the new Supra was never up for question. It does however beg the very same question that Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park asked about recreating dinosaurs, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”



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