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Christopher Calimlim

Christopher Calimlim

Builder | Honolulu, Hawaii
About Christopher Calimlim

Christopher Calimlim is the builder of a true showstopper. His 1998 Toyota Supra has only been on the streets of Honolulu, Hawaii, for 5 years, but since then, it has competed in 17 shows and has almost always landed in first place.

“Besides displaying the pinnacle years of Toyota’s performance, nothing can match the iconic bodylines and legendary 2JZ-GTE motor from the fourth generation Supra,” says Calimlim.

Pushing out 495 horsepower and 433 lb-ft of torque to the wheels at 19 psi, while also creating an exclusive interior and exterior setup, Calimlim recalls the moment his intention of only making minor modifications changed.

“After a few months (of ownership) the stock sequential twin turbo system failed,” Calimlim explains. “For most it would be the worst feeling, but to me it was a blessing in disguise. We took out the stock turbos and replaced the system with a Boost Logic Stage 2 kit, utilizing a single 6765 Precision turbo mated to a GReddy three-row radiator, Tial wastegate and blow-off valve, and a four-inch Boost Logic exhaust and down-pipe.”

The Supra has gone through its share of different brands and parts, but there is one brand to which Calimlim has remained loyal throughout – Volk Racing. His first set were 18-inch GT-7s, but that soon changed to a pair of 19-inch GT-Cs. The car currently sits on Volk Racing’s ever-popular TE37 double press black edition.

His favorite modification, on the other hand, has to be the all carbon fiber bodywork by Seibon Carbon and Shine Auto Project. Everything from the front bumper, doors, hatch and wide body kit has been made entirely of carbon fiber. The only thing left that is not carbon fiber is the rear quarter panels and rear bumper which remains oem.

Social media has become an integral part of getting your project out to the public’s eye, as evident through Tuner Battlegrounds, but only so many of those posts reach the influencers one would hope to contact.

“Having famous people like Manabu Orido, Fredric Aasbø, or JJ Dubec approve of the car really means a lot to me,” Calimlim says.

Calimlim shows no signs of slowing down with an abundance of additional modifications planed for the future, and from what we can only assume, plenty of more car shows to compete in.

Story written by: Adam Steinburg

Photos by Taylor Vollrath

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