This article is one of our DS Does Japan series from our recent trip to the land of the rising sun, courtesy of Toyota Australia. Click here for the whole set!

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As a child growing up, or getting into motor sport, there’s always certain events, moments or cars that you remember for a lifetime. For me, one of those iconic cars is the┬ánumber 36 Castrol TOM’S Supra. Thanks to Toyota Australia, TRD and Toyota Technocraft, I was able to live my childhood dream of seeing this amazing car in the flesh.

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The TOM’S Supra was the 1997 champion of the JGTC, driven by┬áMichael Krumm and Pedro de la Rosa.

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The car actually swapped out the factory 2JZ for a 4 cylinder 3SGTE which not only saved weight in the car, but distributed it further back behind the front axles. It was still able to push out a VERY impressive 480hp.

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TRD had a very large part in the design process of the aero on the TOM’S Supra.

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As you can imagine on a car like this, the interior is all function.

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Loved seeing these magnesium Volk Racing TE37 wheels on the car, especially as centre locks!

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It was truly a pleasure being able to see such a true legend in the flesh. A huge thanks goes out to Toyota Australia, TRD and Toyota Technocraft.

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More details on the car’s racing history can be found here.

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