Iconic Movie Cars – The Fast and the Furious – 1994 Toyota Supra

 

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“I live my life a quarter mile at a time” and if I was driving the 1994 Toyota Supra from The Fast and the Furious it would be one hell of a quarter mile. The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001 and was loosely based on a magazine article titled “Racer X”. Street racer Dominic Toretto and his crew are under suspicion  for hijacking tractor trailers and stealing expensive electronic equipment. Brian O’Conner is an undercover cop trying to figure out who is stealing the equipment. During the course ofi002671 the movie Brian races for pink slips and owes Dom a 10 second car, later on Brian shows up with a run down and beat up Supra in which the team rebuilds into a 10 second car. One great scene is when Brian and Dom are driving around testing the car on its maiden voyage and running diagnostics, they pull up to a guy in a Ferrari and start an impromptu race and of course the Supra smokes the Ferrari.

In the movie Jesse refers to spending $15,000 -$20,000 to get the car to the 10 second car Brian promised. In reality there was over $80,000 put into the car in the movie. The Supra in the movie featured a twin-turbo 2,997 xx Toyota 2JZ-GTE I6 capable of producing 544 bhp after heavy modification. Performance statistics on the car: Max engine speed fast_furious_5007,770 rpm’s, 0-60 mph 3.3 sec, 0-100 7.2 sec, ¼ mile time 9.2 sec at 185 mph, Top speed 210 mph, Slalom Time 65 mph, and the curb weight 1200KG. The engine performance and work done to it is as follows: Turbonetics T-66 ball bearing turbo, F-trim compressor built by Performance Factory, Turbonetics Delta II Wastegate, RPS Stainless steel/HTC coated custom header, 100 HP Nitrous Oxide System by NOS, AEBS TurbDownpipe, GReddy front mount intercooler, GReddy Power Extreme exhaust system, GReddy Pro-Fec B Boost Controller, GReddy Power Pulleys, GReddy Oil Cooler Kit, GReddy TurbTimer, GReddy Boost, EGT, Oil Pressure and Water Temp gauges, GReddy Airinx Intake, GReddy steering wheel-mounted boost remote control device, GReddy Cam Gears, APEXi Blowoff valve, HKS Vein Pressure Converter, HKS Graphic Control Computer, HKS Injector Pulse Mo11 lb. Billet Flywheel, Powerhouse Racing ported/polished throttle body (traction d, fuse cover, relay cover, cruise control cover, ignition module cover and all brackets).

1993-2002 Supra is the last of its generation and as of this writing Toyota has not started making any more. With this version of Supra, Toyota took a big leap in the direction of a more serious high-performance car, using parts from its higher end Lexus models. It came stock with two different engines, the Toyota 2JZ-GE naturally aspirated 220 HP motor and it also came with a Twin Turbo 2JZ-GE motor that produced 276 HP stock.  This generation received a new 6-speed Getrag/Toyota V160 gearbox on the turbo models. The naturally aspirated motors came with a 4-speed auto or 5-speed manual. Toyota also took measures to reduce weight of the car, Aluminum was used for the hood, targa top (when fitted), front cross member, oil and transmission pans, and the suspension upper A-arms.

supra_ff_w308When this movie was released it was a great movie, I think I watched it a few times. There was nothing better than watching all of the street racing and hot cars racing. I remember that after this movie everyone in my area started buying eclipses and doing work to them to make them look like the one in the movie. The movie is as cheesy as it gets now and the series is still running but I will still watch any of the movies any time I catch them on T.V. just because. We are waiting for the next one to come out but after the terrible accident which was Paul Walkers unexpected death the movie was put on hold. But take the movies as a grain of salt and go into watching them for the pure enjoyment of seeing awesome cars then you will have a good time!

 

When this movie was released it was a great movie, I think I watched it a few times. There was nothing better than watching all of the street racing and hot cars racing. I remember that after this movie everyone in my area started buying eclipses and doing work to them to make them look like the one in the movie. The movie is as cheesy as it gets now and the series is still running but I will still watch any of the movies any time I catch them on T.V. just because. We are waiting for the next one to come out but after the terrible accident which was Paul Walkers unexpected death the movie was put on hold. But take the movies as a grain of salt and go into watching them for the pure enjoyment of seeing awesome cars then you will have a good time!

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Sewage Sludge a new way to fuel your car?

A few Japanese companies are developing a way to turn  sewage sludge into reusable energy, by turning the sludge into hydrogen for use in fuel cells. Getting hydrogen from sewage is cheaper and cleaner than getting it the normal way. It can cut carbon emissions by 75% The process involves drying the sludge, the methane that is generated this way is then re heated to cook out the hydrogen gasses.

The companies that are collaborating in this process are Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate Toyota Tsusho Corp., Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Daiwa Lease Co. and Japan Blue Energy Co.  Toyota and Honda are planning on making new fuel cell vehicles in the future. Hopefully if these vehicles start being produced it can be a great way to reduce emissions in the U.S. The way to get hydrogen now is a very complicated and expensive process. If this new way works out, it will be a break through on getting the hydrogen gas.

What are your thoughts on this process of recycling waste into hydrogen gas? Do you think it will be a viable fuel source?