Monthly Archives: November 2013

Scion Builds a 2JZ Supra Powered FR-S for Formula D 2014

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A single turbo 2JZ is a thing of beauty, even more so when it’s in an FR-S.

The Toyota Supra’s 2JZ engine is legendary for its ability to make high horsepower reliably, so just about everyone in the car world had the same thought when Scion released the 200-horsepower FR-S: “When are they going to put a 2JZ engine in it?”

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Scion hasn’t broken down and built a 2JZ powered FR-S Supra…yet. For the foreseeable future, FR-S enthusiasts looking for power will have to settle for the upcoming 2.5-liter FR-S or forced induction from a supercharger or turbo kit. Scion has, however, installed a 750-horsepower, 730 lb-ft of torque 2JZ engine in an FR-S for formula drift.

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Ken Gushi will drive the 2JZ FR-S in the 2014 Formula D season. The Supra powered FR-S has the new Rocket Bunny 2 kit, 19 inch Rays wheels, Wilwood brakes, a G-Force GSR four speed transmission, and FIA racing seats. The drift 2JZ FR-S will weigh just 2,844 pounds.

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Here’s hoping Toyota will see this as proof of concept and restart production of the 2JZ-GTE for an FR-S Supra. If not, we’ll just have to settle for rooting for the 2JZ FR-S in Formula D next year.

The 2JZ powered FR-S isn’t the first time someone has stuffed a Toyota six cylinder into an FR-S.  TOM’s racing built a 400-horsepower V6 FR-S show car.

 

Source: Top Gear.

Subaru Says Engineering, Safety Problems Make BRZ & FR-S Convertibles Impossible

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Toyota has been pushing the Scion FR-S convertible concept pretty hard over the last year. The beautiful drop top FR-S was even shown to Toyota dealers as an incentive to keep them from dropping the Scion brand. Now, however, Subaru has come out and said that the BRZ and FR-S convertible will never happen, citing safety concerns and engineering problems.

Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru’s parent company) president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said that a convertible version of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S is not a possibility.

“We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” Yoshinaga told Automotive News.”Our engineering department told me that losing the entire roof requires a complete redesign of the structure. It would need a big change.”

Toyota has been bullish on the FR-S convertible. In addition to teasing an FR-S to U.S. Dealers, Toyota showed off a new version of the FR-S convertible at the Tokyo Motor Show with an electric powered automatic top.

“I understand well that Toyota is receiving strong requests from the American market for the car,” Yoshinaga said. “But the biggest challenge is meeting our internal safety standards. There are big technical difficulties.”

 

Image via Autoblog.

Subaru Cross Sport is a Rally Ready BRZ Hatchback

Subaru has revealed it’s latest wild custom concept based on the BRZ. The Subaru BRZ Cross Sport shooting brake is a hatchback version of the BRZ coupe. Along with the hatchback that adds more room to the BRZ’s small interior, the Cross Sport has a higher ride height(either from a suspension lift or larger tires, Subaru hasn’t said) and beefy fender flares that look ready to absorb any debris that might result from a spirited drive off the beaten path.

The Subaru BRZ Cross Sport’s might be the perfect BRZ rally car. The BRX hatch’s higher ride height would provide more ground clearance for rough roads. That higher ride height would also give the BRZ hatchback more room for essential rally gear like skid plates and chassis reinforcements. The one thing the BRZ has always lacked that set it apart from the rest of the Subaru family is all-wheel drive. The BRZ cross sport hatchback could have enough room for Subaru to finally build an AWD BRZ.

It’s not just the extra ride height and the possibility of all-wheel drive that makes the Cross Sport a perfect BRZ rally car. Some rally drivers prefer the hatchback models of the WRX over the sedan ones because the extra weight of the hatchback bodystyle is all over the rear wheels, giving the cars better balance. The Subaru BRZ hatchback could have an even better weight distribution than the 54/46 the BRZ coupe has.

 

 

Source: Auto Evolution

Rocket Bunny 2 Body Kit For Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Revealed at SEMA 2013

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The Rocket Bunny 2 kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ has been revealed at SEMA 2013. The first Rocket Bunny body kit has become one of the most popular body kits for the FR-S and BRZ, and the Rocket Bunny 2 kit takes that same attractive look to an even more aggressive level.

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The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Rocket Bunny 2 body kit, designed by Kei Muira, is a much more extreme body kit than the original Rocket Bunny FR-S and BRZ kit. The Rocket Bunny 2 front bumper is a full front clip rather than just a spoiler add-on and has a much larger opening to allow more air into an intercooler for a supercharger or turbo kit along with a carbon fiber front splitter. The rear of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S Rocket Bunny 2 kit has a ducktail spoiler like most of the Rocket Bunny body kits.

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The Rocket Bunny 2 kit isn’t a simple bolt on body kit. Robert Kochis of Stay Crushing gave this advice based on his experience fitting the Rocket Bunny 2 body kit to his company’s orange FR-S:

“Going from version one to version two was not the easiest thing to do. Be prepared for exposed precious drill holes on the quarter panel and rear bumper as well as more cutting required. Also the inner front bumper needed to be cut to fit the flares and allow clearance for turning radius,” Kochis told Super Street. “Also the front fender has a 1-1.5 inch greater radius than before. In order to properly sit 18-19-inch wheels, a decent sized tire and coilover modifications are needed. I opted for a 4-inch 11k swift spring and didn’t cut the apron and used my existing 17s, but will switch to 19s soon. Proper clearance and fitment requires the stock apron to be cut and liners to be removed.”

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Daijiro Yoshihara’s white Rocket Bunny 2 kitted drift BRZ is the best example of the Rocket Bunny 2 kit, it showed up to SEMA in all white awaiting the results of a design contest put on by Falken and Forza Motorsports.

 

Images via Super Street.

Toyota GT86 CS-R3 – Toyota Builds a BRZ Rally Car

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With Subaru’s racing and performance reputation built on rally championships, it seemed strange that the company would team up with Toyota to build a sports car for the street. The BRZ’s front engine, rear wheel drive configuration is incongruous with the dirt spitting image Subaru has cultivated, so the question loomed: when would a Subaru BRZ rally car show up? Surprisingly, Toyota beat Subaru to the punch with the first rally car built off of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ platform.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced a GT86 CS-R3 rally car that will be available through the customer motorsport program. To fit in with R3 specifications, the GT86 rally car will have a six speed sequential gearbox, a limited slip differential upgraded brakes and a more powerful engine.

Customers will be able to buy the Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car in 2015. The Toyota GT86 rally car will be eligible for all FIA sanctioned rallies including the world Rally Championship. Subaru has not announced a BRZ rally car, but even if it isn’t official, it doesn’t stretch the imagination to picture someone swapping a few body panels and competing with a Subaru BRZ rally car in the WRC.

 

 

Full GT86 CS-R3 Press Release:

11 November 2013

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is proud to announce it will develop a GT86 R3 rally car as part of its customer motorsport programme.

The rear-wheel drive sports car will be converted to R3 specification and made available to private competitors, with delivery expected for the 2015 season.

The car, which will be known as the TMG GT86 CS-R3, will be built according to R3 regulations, meaning it will have a six-speed sequential gearbox, limited slip differential, modified engine, adapted brakes and other upgrades.

Drawing on the experience of developing the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car for the Nürburgring-based VLN series, TMG engineers will modify the base car to the maximum level permitted within the regulations.

The TMG GT86 CS-R3 is targeted at private customers and is eligible for all FIA-sanctioned rallies, up to and including the World Rally Championship. Full specifications and pricing will be announced in the coming months.

Today’s announcement strengthens TMG’s commitment to customer motorsport and rallying, both of which represent key aspects of its long-term business strategy.

With a Yaris R1A already launched plus the ongoing development of a Global Race Engine, TMG is expanding and strengthening its knowledge of rallying and drawing on its proud history in the sport.

TMG’s very existence is founded on rally, having begun life in Cologne in 1979 as Toyota Team Europe (TTE). Under Ove Andersson, the company went on to win four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ World Championships.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “Rallying is in our blood at TMG so it is very exciting to announce that we will be expanding our rally operations. The GT86 CS-R3 promises to be a thrilling car on the rally stages; with rear-wheel drive we can expect some dramatic action which is sure to be entertaining for drivers and fans alike. Through our experience with the TMG GT86 Cup and the TMG GT86 CS-V3 race car we have built a solid infrastructure for customer motorsport over the past few years. We will draw on this to deliver a reliable, safe and high-performance car, plus all the required technical support, for our customers. We expect demand to be high so we are looking forward to seeing a lot of GT86 CS-R3 rally cars in action from the beginning of the 2015 season.”

Racing by TMG: The customer racing arm of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is identified by the “racing by TMG” logo, which encompasses race and rally projects designed exclusively for private participants. TMG returned to the world of customer motorsport in 2012 with the launch of the Yaris R1 entry-level rally car, while the same year saw the introduction of the TMG Customer Sport V3 (CS-V3) race car. That car won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and forms the basis of the expanding TMG GT86 Cup, run within the Nürburgring-based VLN series.

Source: Toyota Motorsports Group.