Anybody who’s been around the tuning scene for a while recognizes the Veilside Supra. The C-II bodykit looks a bit dated by today’s standards; too Fast and the Furious for most, but there’s no denying it was ridiculously quick in its heyday. It was, after all, speedy enough to run alongside an F40.
Yet it somehow made the bloodthirsty Ferrari look tame, as the Supra loved to roast its tires just about anywhere it went. The tire technology of the wasn’t quite up to snuff when it came to harnessing the Veilside’s 600-odd horsepower, which arrived in one, giant mule kick. Though twin turbos were used, the two TD06-18G turbos were massive and a 264°/272° cam setup meant power came on strongly in the mid-range and didn’t let off. It’s easy to see how the mild, 265-section rears were instantly reduced to puffs of smoke.
That’s half the reason it’s such an exciting car though – it’s just so absurd. Even with relatively soft coilovers, in the straighter sections of the course, the immense torque of the motor keeps the driver busy with constant countersteering – at 2:49 he compares the Supra to the Group B rally cars.
However, little of that matters when the road opens up. Staged against one of the fastest accelerating cars of all time, and possibly the second-quickest in 1994, the Supra holds its own. The Ferrari F40 weighs 200 pounds less than the lightened Supra, but also wears 335-section Pirelli P-Zeros and has the 2.9-liter V8 pressing down on the driven wheels.
As the Supra sits smoking its tires off the line, the lithe F40 gathers speed. Yet, it’s only a matter of time before that incredible 2JZ shows its strengths and reels in the F40, crossing the line a good 10 km/h faster than the Italian exotic. The Veilside Supra might be a bit of a handful, but there are few cars that have its straight line superiority – it’s something that needs to be seen.