Adam's parents had moved back to Taiwan when Adam was in the fifth grade to oversee their family business. He lived with his older brother a car guy himself who granted Adam use of the garage and backyard where side jobs were performed in exchange for extra cash to fund his projects.
Although building an S14 was Adam's childhood dream, that dream came and went, earning the resulting product a well deserved spot on the short list of beautiful drift cars originating from San Jose. Once the car had been parted out and sold. The search was on for a GS300. In '09, just a few months into legal adulthood, Adam found a promising example for sale. From the start, there was no doubt in Adams mind that the big-body Lexus would be primarily a drift car. He started collecting the components necessary to retrofit the manual transmission onto the stock, naturally aspirated 2JZ engine the three week long process being an exercise in equal parts research and trial and error. Over the next two years, Adam continued to tweak the car little by little, a set of wheels, a subtle aero kit, coilovers, adjustable suspension components here and there all the while leaving the engine stock.
For two years, the original engine remained naturally aspirated happily accepting every bit of abuse that Adam could dish out, until one day it just wasn't enough anymore. With the extra dough, Power Dynamics in Texas was commissioned with the construction of the new forged bottom end, built to handle 800 hp. As soon as the block was in Adam's possession, it was mated to the freshly rebuilt, ported, and polished head. A Comp CT4 6265 Turbo was bolted on, blowing 24 psi through a custom-fabricated intake manifold, where 720cc injectors supply the fueling. Good for a reliable and usable 624 whp and 562 lb-ft of torque on 91-octane pump gas, this engine has proven its worth for Adam over the past two years.
Article by Akaishi from superstreetonline.