First HPDE with the Supra

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I had my first track weekend with the Supra and I’m really impress with how it did. For various reasons, I wasn’t able to do any track prep on the car before the event. I went in with stock brake fluid and haven’t even had a chance to get the car aligned after I installed the Z4 Eibach springs. Aside from the springs, the only other mods were 18mm spacers out back/15mm front and an MST intake.

The car has great damping and let me run over the curbing without upsetting the chassis, has good initial turn in and I never felt any significant brake fade, which surprised the hell out of me.

This was also my first time driving an automatic at the track and holy hell - it’s so much more calm. I haven’t decided if that’s good or bad yet. I will say that the auto performed nearly flawlessly. There were only a few occasions that I felt I should’ve been in a different gear when I left it in auto.

I ended up getting a best lap of 1:41. It’s only about 1 second slower than my previous car, a Camaro SS 1LE. I expected it to be at least 3 seconds slower around that track so I’m really happy with that 1:41.

I do have a few complaints, though. I’m not comfortable with how much body roll it has and I wish it had more grip in the high-G corners. Stickier tires would give me more body roll so I’m guessing I need to get some adjustable sway bars to pair with track tires. It’s also too damn quiet, so I see and catted DP and Awe exhaust in my future.

TLDR - Car better than expected. Happy.
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Check the audio on my Autocross Videos. Active Autowerke DP and a AWE Resonated Touring.

Rear camera is suction cup mounted right next to the license plate.
 
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Check the audio on my Autocross Videos. Active Autowerke DP and a AWE Resonated Touring.

Rear camera is suction cup mounted right next to the license plate.
That sounds perfect. Would a catted DP combined with my MST intake be safe to run without a tune? I know I won’t see significant power gains without a tune, but I just want to be sure it’s okay to hammer it on the track and have the factory tune keep everything from going pop.
 

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That sounds perfect. Would a catted DP combined with my MST intake be safe to run without a tune? I know I won’t see significant power gains without a tune, but I just want to be sure it’s okay to hammer it on the track and have the factory tune keep everything from going pop.
I can't speak to anything other than the Active Autowerke DP, but I have zero issues without it being tuned.

As long as the MST doesn't require any tuning, you should be fine.
 

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That sounds perfect. Would a catted DP combined with my MST intake be safe to run without a tune? I know I won’t see significant power gains without a tune, but I just want to be sure it’s okay to hammer it on the track and have the factory tune keep everything from going pop.
I'm running both without a tune. You should be good to go. As you said, not too much of a gain without one.
 

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I had my first track weekend with the Supra and I’m really impress with how it did. For various reasons, I wasn’t able to do any track prep on the car before the event. I went in with stock brake fluid and haven’t even had a chance to get the car aligned after I installed the Z4 Eibach springs. Aside from the springs, the only other mods were 18mm spacers out back/15mm front and an MST intake.

The car has great damping and let me run over the curbing without upsetting the chassis, has good initial turn in and I never felt any significant brake fade, which surprised the hell out of me.

This was also my first time driving an automatic at the track and holy hell - it’s so much more calm. I haven’t decided if that’s good or bad yet. I will say that the auto performed nearly flawlessly. There were only a few occasions that I felt I should’ve been in a different gear when I left it in auto.

I ended up getting a best lap of 1:41. It’s only about 1 second slower than my previous car, a Camaro SS 1LE. I expected it to be at least 3 seconds slower around that track so I’m really happy with that 1:41.

I do have a few complaints, though. I’m not comfortable with how much body roll it has and I wish it had more grip in the high-G corners. Stickier tires would give me more body roll so I’m guessing I need to get some adjustable sway bars to pair with track tires. It’s also too damn quiet, so I see and catted DP and Awe exhaust in my future.

TLDR - Car better than expected. Happy.
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How do you sign up for the nasa membership thing? I bought my car in September and still haven’t heard anything from Toyota.
 
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How do you sign up for the nasa membership thing? I bought my car in September and still haven’t heard anything from Toyota.
Not sure. I usually track with Porsche Club America, BMW Club, or Just Track It. I actually forgot about the NASA membership. I need to look into that.

Since all the cool kids are running DPs and intake without a problem then I will too. Just in time for Black Friday deals.
 

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How do you sign up for the nasa membership thing? I bought my car in September and still haven’t heard anything from Toyota.
They do it at the dealer and will mail you a folder with your card, sticker and info on the events. Mine came about a month after the sale.
 
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