“OPTION will take on Bonneville with the GR Supra!” Max speed goal of 400 km/h (248.548 mph)?!
Published : 2019/11/03 15:50 Modified : 2019/11/03 15:50
OPTION X GR Supra World’s Max Speed Project
Aiming for world’s best in the Olympics year of 2020!
At long last, the GR Supra has begun delivery. The tuning industry is also very excited about this new generation sports car, and there will definitely be many custom GR Supras at the 2019 SEMA Show and Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 venues.
Of course, OPTION Magazine won’t be a mere spectator of the big-names’ revivals. We introduced a demo car (although it hasn’t been delivered yet…) and launched a major project involving the Japanese tuning industry!
This major project in none other than–drumroll, please–the max speed challenge at Bonneville Speed Week! Daijiro Inada aka Dai, the max speed junkie that Japan proudly offers, will sit at the wheel. Though the class in which OPTION will participate is still undecided, the target speed must be “at least 380 km. I want to exceed 400 km,” Dai said. A high hurdle, indeed.
Nonetheless, the Bonneville Speed Week we scheduled for participation is August 2020. With just less than a year away, we must make haste with the machine production, or else OPTION won’t make it!
Additionally, there are other factors that cause us anxiety. We require a minimum of 1000 horsepower when aiming around 400 km. However, the potential of the new BMW engine (B58-type) is unknown. There are also no reinforcement parts for the bottom end as of yet, and we don’t believe in the cylinder block’s endurance.
OPTION now faces the question of the century: Do we bet on the odds and attack with an unknown engine, or replace it with the previous generation Supra’s 2JZ-GTE like we did for the D1GP?
We don’t how this story will unfold, but as long as we enter the race, we don’t intend to end it with a mere “commemorative exam.” We do know, however, that we will achieve results and appeal to the world about Japan’s tuning technology. With that being said–to all our beloved tuning fans around the world–please continue to check out and support OPTION Magazine!