Fredrick Aasbo unveiled his newest build, a Rat Rod style Toyota Supra with a TaleSpin theme, and it’s honestly one of the most original JDM builds of 2018, bar none.
Famous Norwegian born drifter Fredric Aasbo had a treat for his fellow countrymen when he made an appearance at this year’s 2018 Norway Auto Show in Oslo, Aasbo unveiled his latest build, a Toyota Supra with a most unconventional chassis and an engine I didn’t see coming. Check out all of his Instagram posts below highlighting this truly original build below.
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First, what exactly is a rat rod? Rat rods usually have a somewhat negative connotation for its shabby looks, rough exterior, and unpolished design. But, it’s the rat rod style that makes it so popular, a rat rod is meant to be driven.
It’s cliché but history repeats itself. When rat rods first hit the United States, they were in direct contrast to other restoration builds which took just as much time and effort but effectively created museum pieces that didn’t see much action on the street. People were restoring cars for the sake of restoring cars and not driving them. Enter the rat rod. With looks that shouted anti-establishment and hot-rod engines, these Main St. cruisers also could chop it up on the drag strip and the canyons.
I assume that’s what this Toyota Supra is trying to channel. MKIV Toyota Supra’s are going to see a huge appreciation in the market thanks to the MKV Supra coming out. This build is already ahead of the curve. Soon, it won’t make financial sense to drive your MKIV Supras lest you damage it. But, Supras are meant to be driven!
A close look at the TaleSpin Supra reveals that the front end has been stretched by almost a foot over the stock Supra. As per Fredric Aasbo in a comment on Instagram, “Engine sits on a factory subframe, and there’s a second subframe about a foot forward.”
Powering the TaleSpin Supra isn’t the JDM legend 2JZ-GTE but it’s less popular brother, the 2JZ-GE which puts out a naturally aspirated 220 HP and 210 lb-ft. I’m sure Aasbo has massaged the engine for a bit more power as per usual for drifters. In the comments Aasbo mentions throwing in a 3.4L stroker engine of some sort later on.
Finally, there’s the livery. TaleSpin is an American cartoon popularized in the early 90’s which featured a Bush Pilot bear Baloo and his Orphan Sidekick Kit Cloudkicker. Set in what is estimated to be around 1938, these pilots-for-hire delivered cargo all over their fictional land, oftentimes running into air pirates.
I’m guessing TaleSpin is an animated series Aasbo watched a lot of as a kid…or not? Nonetheless, it makes for a fun livery that no one would ever guess.
When I hear Supra build, is usually think they’re either going to restore the MKIV Supra to its former self or they’re going to make a mile monster of some sort with 3,000 plus horsepower, both are amazing in their own right, but the car enthusiasts have become jaded with such builds. The TaleSpin Supra is not your average JDM build.
Aasbo’s in Vegas for SEMA as of this writing and I wonder if they’re going to fly the TaleSpin Supra as well? And, I can’t wait to see this Rat Rod Supra in action!