Nick Hogan’s 1997 Turbo Supra Returns From the Shallows

57964005_624844617989132_2769562613753839616_n
57213763_689983428086000_618979919216508928_n
49564235_803637826635422_4130729954214150144_n
58378315_1101984223296344_1904040009694969856_n
49505649_1150791205102220_7015263039981092864_n
previous arrow
next arrow
57964005_624844617989132_2769562613753839616_n
57213763_689983428086000_618979919216508928_n
49564235_803637826635422_4130729954214150144_n
58378315_1101984223296344_1904040009694969856_n
49505649_1150791205102220_7015263039981092864_n
previous arrow
next arrow

From being broken into and stripped in a warehouse break-in, Nick Hogan’s Supra has returned from a nine-year hiatus and is better than it has ever been. Rising from the challenges in rebuilding it, today the 1997 Aerotop Supra has only 25,000 miles on it and makes 540WHP on 17PSI, powered by a fully forged 3L 2JZ-GTE engine, Turbonetics 6968 turbo, AEM V1 ECU and V160 gearbox with a RPS twin carbon clutch.

57253541_598278590636946_9088982956839534592_n
57936025_294517061462052_2337614093482983424_n
57305989_300660864182750_8630800836454252544_n
57232165_171604000422652_4498399680400457728_n
57485053_461545381053366_5444105995275993088_n
previous arrow
next arrow
57253541_598278590636946_9088982956839534592_n
57936025_294517061462052_2337614093482983424_n
57305989_300660864182750_8630800836454252544_n
57232165_171604000422652_4498399680400457728_n
57485053_461545381053366_5444105995275993088_n
previous arrow
next arrow

Nick’s passion for cars began when he was 10 years old. His dad being Hulk Hogan and all, you could imagine he was surrounded by some pretty up-there cars—but nothing impressed him more than his father friends’ Toyota Supra. After taking up an offer for a joyride and having a blast in the 2J, it left such a lasting impression that the Hogan’s were compelled to buy their own—so they bought one in Deep Jewel green with 21,000 miles on it.

57963998_1096994057153693_6828302941787521024_n
57166011_298118294421190_8308435550587584512_n
57154453_646207585821006_6542109007199338496_n
60083126_2729847663697267_8873177815336353792_n
60334721_2699075473440011_9202626893843529728_n
60358761_2575454162482311_9126656232411627520_n
previous arrow
next arrow
57963998_1096994057153693_6828302941787521024_n
57166011_298118294421190_8308435550587584512_n
57154453_646207585821006_6542109007199338496_n
60083126_2729847663697267_8873177815336353792_n
60334721_2699075473440011_9202626893843529728_n
60358761_2575454162482311_9126656232411627520_n
previous arrow
next arrow

In 2009, a warehouse holding a collection of Nick’s cars, was broken into, leaving his Viper, Nissan 350Z and Toyota Supra vandalised. Along with stealing all the car parts in storage, the thieves managed to back his 350Z into a wall in an effort to clear the space whilst they stripped the Supra of all it’s valuable components including all its HKS electronics and performance bits—they also damaged his Viper in an unsuccessful attempt to get into it.

Insurance gave him a hard time and wouldn’t cover any of the damages on the Supra so he stored it in a different facility whilst he saved up the money to rebuild it. He also knew that LHD Supra parts were difficult to source and that his stolen aftermarket bits—including an discontinued HKS intercooler and tan Sparco Milano seats–were even harder to source.

It took Nick five years to rebuild his Supra after retrieving it from insurance—expenses, part sourcing, and other commitments being a major factor in the delay. Being a labour of love and what Nick describes a ‘rollercoaster of ownership’, he is adamant that his Supra is his most prized possession—even over his R34 GT-R and 350Z—and that he will never sell it.

57123469_852237098446736_3546770339335766016_n
57321543_274377416778245_4078249697284718592_n (1)
57410759_422789175151742_3348849119530582016_n
previous arrow
next arrow

Over the years he’s flipped through various different styles of wheels, body pieces and wings in an effort to craft it to his satisfaction. Today he proudly says he’s happy to see it running with a freshly built motor and all it’s original pieces replaced. Although 95% complete he still needs to reinstall a stereo and reconnect his air conditioning system.

57129672_454896281720105_7967298435843883008_n
49848487_677755009322826_7574341690270416896_n
57504095_323641861885323_8829526263115808768_n
57384290_621445998327790_7974468157895081984_n
57253513_407342909845238_6818047990108782592_n
57222234_2059928390786386_4348856177648467968_n
57247008_2301755766709320_7869590674343985152_n
57484552_2031469490493783_433587505560813568_n
57338801_796224254097311_3468918340494295040_n
57387360_481583419045050_7260009530845560832_n
previous arrow
next arrow
57129672_454896281720105_7967298435843883008_n
49848487_677755009322826_7574341690270416896_n
57504095_323641861885323_8829526263115808768_n
57384290_621445998327790_7974468157895081984_n
57253513_407342909845238_6818047990108782592_n
57222234_2059928390786386_4348856177648467968_n
57247008_2301755766709320_7869590674343985152_n
57484552_2031469490493783_433587505560813568_n
57338801_796224254097311_3468918340494295040_n
57387360_481583419045050_7260009530845560832_n
previous arrow
next arrow

EXTERIOR

  • Modellista Designs Top Secret style carbon fiber front bumper

  • Modellista Designs Top Secret style carbon fiber hood

  • Bomex side and rear skirts

  • Garage BB wing

  • Ganador mirrors

  • Window tint

ENGINE

  • Virtual works Intake manifold

  • Sound performance turbo manifold

  • HKS 272 cams

  • Ferrea 1mm oversized calves with springs and retainers

  • Potted and polished head

  • Cometic head gasket,

  • ARP headstuds

  • Carrillo rods

  • CP pistons

DRIVETRAIN

  • OS Giken LSD

  • RPS lightweight flywheel

COOLING

  • Turbonetics intercooler

  • Fluidyne radiator

BRAKES

  • Stop Tech drilled rear rotors

  • Front Brembo F50 Big Brakes

FUEL & IGNITION

  • MSD 96lb/hr injectors,

  • Twin Walbro 255lph fuel pumps

  • HKS Twin Power ignition

OTHER

  • Turbonetics Godzilla BOV

  • Tial 44mm wastegate

  • 4-inch straight exhaust from turbo back

  • Chrome valve covers

  • Custom Supra script spark plug cover

Even though it’s almost done—it’s not, as Nick has a tendency to evolve and change the car depending on his taste. He plans to transform the Supra to only sprain necks and not break them, reverting the body back to OEM standards and installing a quieter exhaust for that lowkey look and sound to pervert any unwanted attention. He’s also considered putting Volk GT-F wheels on it and dusting off his Top Secret parts in storage (that’s for later). He’s even got three wing changes lined up—including wingless—just because he knows he will never settle.

57444682_1119039558278718_2782555735932796928_n
57133765_671482546601109_4968660700521037824_n
57262856_173203090242827_5320668776922873856_n
57094424_799518890413383_7673926464147816448_n
57238825_821779241535486_1110802869163917312_n
58372814_2600466743316850_8376264624768548864_n
57181953_554848371670096_1510494656033456128_n
57465158_430754597676096_4747182504220295168_n
57486681_271595487050706_5560894282132357120_n
57092843_275197563356949_1918105585207738368_n
57092854_805248709839937_4256275340084641792_n
previous arrow
next arrow
57444682_1119039558278718_2782555735932796928_n
57133765_671482546601109_4968660700521037824_n
57262856_173203090242827_5320668776922873856_n
57094424_799518890413383_7673926464147816448_n
57238825_821779241535486_1110802869163917312_n
58372814_2600466743316850_8376264624768548864_n
57181953_554848371670096_1510494656033456128_n
57465158_430754597676096_4747182504220295168_n
57486681_271595487050706_5560894282132357120_n
57092843_275197563356949_1918105585207738368_n
57092854_805248709839937_4256275340084641792_n
previous arrow
next arrow

Here’s what Nick’s Supra looked like back in 2014 after his 5 year rebuild. Consistent with change, he’s always buying it new gifts and changing it’s look.

60086427_431800590722007_4501286688697352192_n
59831394_1227021697446115_1308945885375234048_n
59954710_2278040252430844_346590804086620160_n
60010356_2660320084040062_927682553337348096_n
previous arrow
next arrow
60086427_431800590722007_4501286688697352192_n
59831394_1227021697446115_1308945885375234048_n
59954710_2278040252430844_346590804086620160_n
60010356_2660320084040062_927682553337348096_n
previous arrow
next arrow

Part by part, Nick lives for those special one on one moments with his Supra where he has accomplished a dedicated and intricate rebuild from what was a gutted and abandoned shell. He gives a special thanks to his car and Supra community for the support and all the friends involved in the late nights getting the car back together over the years. Having only driven 4000 miles since its running rebuild in 2014, his Supra is a rare sight on the road, but in all it’s beauty—and the same magnetic essence that drew him to Supra’s—will leave a lasting impression.

57821847_372947366765561_6972650487594090496_n
57618438_380514502805955_7443661297335402496_n
57253435_683914818693135_1914650314082877440_n
57209071_1293366424151542_1879003751973388288_n
previous arrow
next arrow
57821847_372947366765561_6972650487594090496_n
57618438_380514502805955_7443661297335402496_n
57253435_683914818693135_1914650314082877440_n
57209071_1293366424151542_1879003751973388288_n
previous arrow
next arrow

Don’t forget to follow Nick’s Instagram to keep up to date with him and his Supra.

49947494_388152698608345_2231263320185241600_n