Tony Nguyen Toyota Supra GR
As early as I can remember, my dad always worked on cars from when I was little. One day, a friend of my dad’s had a silver BMW which was wrecked and he gave it to my dad. That was my earliest memory of anything car related, and I think watching my dad fix up that BMW
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Toyota Supra GR
After moving from New York City (where I lived while in elementary school) I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. After high school, I attended VCU in Richmond, VA and graduated after 3 years. I started work at a local corporation in Virginia as a software engineer. My main passion is any and everything car-related. For fun, I enjoy photography, building my cars and assisting others with their builds as well. Other than cars, I enjoy playing pool/billiards which I played for my college team back in 2013-2014.
What or who got me into cars?
As early as I can remember, my dad always worked on cars from when I was little. One day, a friend of my dad’s had a silver BMW which was wrecked and he gave it to my dad. That was my earliest memory of anything car related, and I think watching my dad fix up that BMW at home implanted a special place in my heart for BMW’s that still sticks with me. Fast forward to the 2000s, my interest in cars piqued again while watching my cousin modify his cars on Need For Speed. I bought the game for myself and began to modify JDM cars with underglow lighting and big brake kits.
When I was 16 and had my learners permit test, to get me prepared, my mom bought me a 1992 Toyota Corolla for 500 dollars. I drove that for some time while my mom gained some trust in me to handle bigger and better things. Before we both knew it, it was time for me to buy my first new car. My mom and I went to a Mitsubishi dealership. The main reason I had decided on a Mitsubishi was because of Jackie Chan. In all of his movies, he drove a Mitsubishi, so of course, I wanted one too.
Mainly from the movie, “Who Am I” where Jackie is a rally driver and lost his memory. So while I and my mom were at the dealership, my goal was to check out the new 2010 Evo X. However, at that time my mom didn’t fully trust my driving skills and was also concerned about me driving a manual. After a few tireless days of trying to convince her, I was the proud owner of a 2010 Lancer GTS in black, not the Evo X but I wasn’t mad. I did a lot of modifications that I find goofy now, like installing a power inverter and an Xbox to play video games in the school parking lot. I also got a cold air intake on it as well as a Greddy exhaust and of course the underglow as a nod to my Need For Speed nostalgia.
Why did I choose this car?
Well the MK4 has always been my dream car. But they’re nearly impossible to obtain unless you’re prepared to fork out a decent amount of paper. Also, my first time truly learning to drive a manual confidently and without stalling was with my buddy’s MK4 single turbo. And of course, BMW always had a special place in my heart. My first purchase with my paycheck was the 2010 M3 and shortly after, the 2015 M4. So it was only natural to graduate to the 2020 Supra. It’s a Toyota Supra with BMW engineering, my two loves coming together perfectly, in my opinion.
What made you want to customize this car?
At first, I didn't want to modify the car in any way, shape or form. However, after seeing how much development and energy was invested in the car by so many collaborating companies, I decided to build a car I would want to keep forever. The car was also one that I wanted to learn about, not just do aero and have other people build the car for me. The car is one that I am proud to say I built myself.
What does it feel like owning this car?
Well, I have never owned a car that attracted so much attention before. That itself is a very new and different feeling for me. Whenever I drive the car, people are constantly either taking photos of the car or asking me what kind of car it is. I am honoured to own such a special car that people enjoy and I am proud to have built it.
What makes your car unique?
There are cars out there that are beautiful and built for show but are strictly garage kept. There are other cars that are built for racing but are not the most attractive cosmetically. I think what makes my car unique is that it balances both of those worlds beautifully. I pay very close attention when installing any parts or doing any work to my car. Even down to the Dress Up Bolts we used across the car. I made sure every part that went into the car complemented each other as opposed to clashing with each other. Such as the HKS widebody mated with the Battle Aero chassis mount wing and also the FTP charge pipe prefab with meth ports for the AEM meth kit.
- HKS Widebody #9
- Dress Up Bolts hardware (red)
Street Aero rear diffuser
- Battle Aero chassis mount wing
- Toyo Tires 285 fronts 325 rears
- TRD inspired livery (red/black)
- Fortune Auto 500 coilovers
- Work VSXX 19x10 19x12
- Recaro Podium seats (red/black)
- SABelt 6pt harness
- StudioSR roll cage (red)
- Custom LED display - carbon fibre
- Steering wheel (carbon black/red leather)
- Pure turbo 800
- AEM Meth injectors
- ECUTek tuned
- Cusco power brace
- AFE power exhaust
- FTP charge pipe
- FTP intake pipe with BMS filter
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A majority of the work has been done by me and also my buddy Tate (@wide_46). For a lot of the work, we didn’t come with any install videos or instructions as they usually were the first to market. One of the toughest installs we did was the StudioSR roll cage install. We didn’t know where to start or even where to drill in the body. It took us roughly 8 hours to remove the interior and to install the cage. The only thing that was not done by Tate and I was the widebody. Our buddies over at @firstclasscustoms_ did an amazing job with cutting the body and moulding the kit. They ended up doing my brother's pandem kit and soon my older brother's HKS kit as well.
Yes. There’s still quite a bit left to finish on the car. With COVID, everything has been very slow with parts and everything, in general. It took me over 9 months to just get my wheels and Recaro Podium seats. Once things are more stable in the world, I really want to focus on getting more power into the car. Currently, the car is pushing 550whp, but I would like to be in the 700s. The end goal is to have the car track-ready by mid-2022.
My advice for anyone coming into the current MKV market is to absolutely do your research. The car is very early in its aftermarket development so research is vital. Companies are still looking into this platform and prices are a little inflated. The buyer should already come into the situation with a plan for the care and research and work around that dream or end goal. The car has a lot of potential in many different driving styles, drag race, road course, drifting, etc. Find what your goal is and research and build around it. Don’t be like a lot of people I see, where they throw every single available part out there for the MKV into their car without really having any purpose or forethought.
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