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I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to write an article. This post revolves around the life, build, and career of the infamous V12-powered MKIV Toyota Supra created by Kazuhiko “Smokey” Nagata, and touches on the early life of Top Secret, a world-famous tuning house in Japan.

Build, and early life

Working as a mechanic at Trust (GReddy) tuning, a performance shop in Japan, Kazuhiko worked on tons of JDM Legends like the Acura NSX, Toyota Supra, Honda Civics, and more. Frustrated by the fact that Toyota refused to succeed the MKIV Supra with anything, he decided to start working on a much better, much faster, more aesthetically pleasing revision of the MKIV Supra. He worked on his base in secret from Trust, and when he was found out, he was let go. This would set in motion a new chapter in Smokey’s life, as he would go on to build not only the infamous V12-powered Supra, but Top Secret, a world famous tuning & aftermarket aero shop.

The car selected was a 1998 Toyota Supra fitted with the infamous six-cylinder 2JZ-GTE. A motor that is highly sought after, and renowned for it’s ability to take massive amounts of power on stock internals. However, he chucked that. Instead fitting the Supra with a V12 1JZ sourced from Toyota’s Century, a luxury four-door limousine. He paired that with a six-speed gearbox, pushing what would turn into over 900 HP to the rear wheels. He also fitted a wide body kit, re-establishing the complete look, feel and driving experience of a MKIV Supra.

Video by Option, a Japanese Car Magazine

Early Career & Claims to fame

This JDM Legend was far from done, however. Where most of us would be over the moon to drive a successfully V12-swapped Toyota Supra, Smokey wanted more for the car. Faster, faster, faster!

The next revision of the vehicle would involve dropping two HKS GT2835 turbochargers into the bay, a wet nitrous kit, and not one, but TWO engine management systems to tune the engine for all of this power being forced to all 12 cylinders. Of course small things as well to improve the aerodynamics of the car, roll cage, BRIDE bucket seats, exhaust, and etc.

In the late 1990’s Smokey decided to import the car to the UK, attempting to smash speed records on their streets. He would end up getting arrested, and deported, as the UK didn’t have the same laws for police as they did in Japan, which had speed limit caps put on their law enforcement units.

Career, Pt.2 (2000’s and on)

Once the wild engine build was complete, Smokey needed a place to truly test the capabilities of this dual-block, twin-turbo, V12 1JZ-GTE. In 2007, it was brought to the Tokyo Auto Salon, where it gained a ton of fame and notoriety. After the event, it was shipped to Italy to give it it’s first real test – hitting maximum velocity at Nardo’s test facility. The A80 did not disappoint, hitting 358.22km/h.

The car had proven itself, gotten a facelift, and pushed over 900HP to the wheels. The car began to go viral – and then it went to auction in January of 2017. The internet went nuts. Articles popped up from every major automotive news outlet, and the auction (BH Auction in Japan) predicted the car would sell for between $70-120k USD. It was purchased by Trap Team, where they now have a page dedicated to it on their site here.

Pipetale.com Blog Post

I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to write an article. This post revolves around the life, build, and career of the infamous V12-powered MKIV Toyota Supra created by Kazuhiko “Smokey” Nagata, and touches on the early life of Top Secret, a world-famous tuning house in Japan.

Build, and early life

Working as a mechanic at Trust (GReddy) tuning, a performance shop in Japan, Kazuhiko worked on tons of JDM Legends like the Acura NSX, Toyota Supra, Honda Civics, and more. Frustrated by the fact that Toyota refused to succeed the MKIV Supra with anything, he decided to start working on a much better, much faster, more aesthetically pleasing revision of the MKIV Supra. He worked on his base in secret from Trust, and when he was found out, he was let go. This would set in motion a new chapter in Smokey’s life, as he would go on to build not only the infamous V12-powered Supra, but Top Secret, a world famous tuning & aftermarket aero shop.

The car selected was a 1998 Toyota Supra fitted with the infamous six-cylinder 2JZ-GTE. A motor that is highly sought after, and renowned for it’s ability to take massive amounts of power on stock internals. However, he chucked that. Instead fitting the Supra with a V12 1JZ sourced from Toyota’s Century, a luxury four-door limousine. He paired that with a six-speed gearbox, pushing what would turn into over 900 HP to the rear wheels. He also fitted a wide body kit, re-establishing the complete look, feel and driving experience of a MKIV Supra.

Video by Option, a Japanese Car Magazine

Early Career & Claims to fame

This JDM Legend was far from done, however. Where most of us would be over the moon to drive a successfully V12-swapped Toyota Supra, Smokey wanted more for the car. Faster, faster, faster!

The next revision of the vehicle would involve dropping two HKS GT2835 turbochargers into the bay, a wet nitrous kit, and not one, but TWO engine management systems to tune the engine for all of this power being forced to all 12 cylinders. Of course small things as well to improve the aerodynamics of the car, roll cage, BRIDE bucket seats, exhaust, and etc.

In the late 1990’s Smokey decided to import the car to the UK, attempting to smash speed records on their streets. He would end up getting arrested, and deported, as the UK didn’t have the same laws for police as they did in Japan, which had speed limit caps put on their law enforcement units.

Career, Pt.2 (2000’s and on)

Once the wild engine build was complete, Smokey needed a place to truly test the capabilities of this dual-block, twin-turbo, V12 1JZ-GTE. In 2007, it was brought to the Tokyo Auto Salon, where it gained a ton of fame and notoriety. After the event, it was shipped to Italy to give it it’s first real test – hitting maximum velocity at Nardo’s test facility. The A80 did not disappoint, hitting 358.22km/h.

The car had proven itself, gotten a facelift, and pushed over 900HP to the wheels. The car began to go viral – and then it went to auction in January of 2017. The internet went nuts. Articles popped up from every major automotive news outlet, and the auction (BH Auction in Japan) predicted the car would sell for between $70-120k USD. It was purchased by Trap Team, where they now have a page dedicated to it on their site here.

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