Nick Hogan’s 1997 Turbo Supra Returns From the Shallows
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
OS Giken LSD
RPS lightweight flywheel
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
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.
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.
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.