Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Life in Videos: The Ekanoo Racing 2JZ GT86

Chances are you’ve heard some news anchor or “social media expert” waxing poetic on TV or the internet about how this generation will have video and picture proof of their entire lives to look back on. That’s boring, nobody cares about your life except your mom and she loves your brother better anyway. What’s not boring is watching the life of Ekanoo Racing’s GT86 as it grows from a little sports car with an engine swap to a fire breathing (literally) six second monster.

Here is the 2JZ swapped GT86 running with a Precision 6262 turbo making 440-whp.

With a bit of tuning and race gas, the 2JZ GT86 made 577-whp. Not bad.

An 11 second pass is nothing to complain about, but running an 11.1 left Ekanoo racing smelling tens and vowing to be back soon.

And they were back, ticking off a 10.9 on Nitto 555 drag tires.

Adding a 4 row intercooler, AEM ECU, and a 3.5-inch exhaust, EKanoo got the GT86 to put down 633-horsepower.

With those new mods, the 2JZ GT86 made a 10.5-second pass at 196-km/h.

After adding new heads, HKS 272 cams, and new axles, the Ekanoo GT86 broke quadruple digits and put down 1,082 wheel horsepower on a dyno.

Then it looks like Ekanoo either painted their GT86 white or bought a new one to use what they had learned on a straight drag car, then promptly grenaded their driveshaft in a shower of sparks at the end of a run.

The first shakedown run with a new driveshaft resulted in a 7.54 1/4 mile at 259-km/h.

Then finally the 6.85-second quarter mile run at 325-km/h that we posted about earlier.

Ekanoo Racing GT86 Drives 6 Second 1/4 Mile

You can do a lot of things in six seconds: make a first impression, shotgun a beer, fix your hair, run 20 yards, disappoint a woman emotionally or physically.

And now: Travel the 1/4 mile in six seconds in a GT86!

Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain just posted this video of their GT86 doing the 1/4 mile in 6.85 seconds. The car, owned by Ebrahim Kanoo, is powered by a 2JZ engine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.

2nd Generation Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Confirmed

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been confirmed for a second generation. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been hits for both companies, but the fate of the boxer engined sports car was in question, partially because of Toyota’s insistence on new body styles, a convertible model most importantly, and Subaru’s reluctance to build anything but the original coupe.

Now Toyota has confirmed that the 2nd generation of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ (and the Toyota GT86 as it’s known in many parts of the world), citing the company’s need for sporty cars to rejuvenate its image.

“we are pretty serious about keeping the GT 86 pure and keeping a car like that in our line-up. Because in the past we dropped cars like the Celicas and fun cars, and we don’t want to lose that again,” said Karl Schlicht, Toyota of Europe’s Executive Vice President told Motoring.com.au. “It hurts the image over time, we want to keep some fun cars in our line-up.”

Despite recent unsourced reports to the contrary, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ will live into another generation. This opens the door to the possibility of Supra built off the FR-S platform. Since Toyota is planning a higher end sports car with BMW power, it would be simple to build the FR-S platform with enough engine bay space to accommodate an in inline six (the current car has proven pretty accepting of larger motors, as all those 2JZ FR-S builds and V8 swaps have proven).

Rocket Bunny FR-S/ BRZ Scale Model Kit Now Available

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You love the Rocket Bunny widebody kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. You do. Don’t lie and say you don’t just because you can’t afford to build one. There’s no reason to hate out of jealousy. So since we both know how much you love the Rocket Bunny kit, we both know you’re going to want to build this model car version.

Built by Aoshima and now on sale sold by Speedhunters, the Rocket Bunny FR-S model is the perfect toy for tuners, it not only comes with a full Scion FR-S with the Rocket Bunny widebody kit, but also with a full arsenal of Greddy mods and Volk G25 wheels for the 1:24 size sports car.

Lucas Oil KSR FR-S With the World’s First TRD Supercharger

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If you’re a fan of the Scion FR-S’ TRD supercharger, and who isn’t, then you have to respect the Lucas Oil KSR FR-S for no other reason than the fact that this was the very first car to be outfitted with the Toyota built, bolt on, warranty preserving TRD supercharger. This is the genesis (not Hyundai), the alpha (not Alfa), the prelude (not Honda).

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This TRD supercharged 2013 FR-S was first unveiled at the 2012 SEMA show and is now racing in the Pirelli World Challenge with Robert Stout driving. The car has a Cusco and Vertex suspension, 325-horsepower and 325 ft-lbs of torque from the TRD supercharged FA20, and a curb weight of just 2,600 lbs. The Lucas Oil KSR FR-S also has a Vertex body kit and 18-inch Rays TE37 wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires.

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Source: Scion Racing
 

FR-S Wrecked by Hurricane Sandy Gets New Life As A Drifter

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It’s a story Steinbeck could have told. D’Angelo loses everything to Hurricane Sandy, the storm that wreaked hell on the east coast in 2012, flooding towns and replacing dreams and futures with sand and water. With no home left and so many others in the same situation, he has nowhere to turn to. Tangelo becomes a drifter.

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The TAngelo (D’Angelo in the little story above) racing Scion FR-S was totaled after Hurricane Sandy and bought from a salvage yard by Tony Angelo. Since the car was wrecked, it was a perfect place to start from scratch on an FR-S drift build for Formula Drift. TAngelo put a Toyota 2AZ motor (the 2.4 liter from the Scion tC, xB and Toyota Camry) with a Garret turbo pumping the normally economical four-banger up to 750-horsepower and 700 ft-lbs of torque. The TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S uses a G-Force GSR transmission and Hankook RS-3 tires to put that power to the ground and Wilwood brakes slow it back down.

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The exterior of the TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S has a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Stance suspension and Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels.

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TAngelo estimates that the car will do 0-60 in about 3 seconds and the 1/4 mile in about 10. Not bad for a car that was tossed in a junkyard after Hurricane Sandy.

 

Source: Scion Racing

Welding Candy – Apple Red Weld Techniques ITB FR-S

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If you’re a fan of Japanese cars, the acronym JDM probably worked its way into your lexicon a long time ago. So the idea that Scion FR-S owners are swapping their stock USDM parts and badges for JDM swag like Toyota 86 badges should come as no surprise to you (we’ve all seen so many “Honda Integra”s it doesn’t even register). But what might surprise you is that in the land of the rising sun, there are actually people who like the U.S. versions of cars. I’m not talking muscle fans importing Mustangs and Corvettes, but people who might prefer an Acura over a Honda Scion over a Toyota.

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Atsushi Ito is one of those folks, and he runs Weld Techniques Factory, a Japanese tuner brand that doesn’t skimp on customizing and had built a name on speed (a D1 drift car) quality and taste. Weld Techniques Factory imported a U.S. Scion FR-S for this build and then outfitted it with a custom Rocket Bunny widebody kit (notice the crease in the fenders), a Voltex swan neck carbon fiber spoiler (mounted to a carbon fiber sheet under the trunk lid for more stiffness), individual throttle bodies, candy apple red paint and Work XSA04C wheels.

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The car only makes 220 horsepower since the engine mods are limited the individual throttle bodies, a tune and a full titanium exhaust. A JIC coilover suspension and Project Mu brakes give the car even more racecar bling.

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Check out 7Tune’s full writeup of the Weld Techniques Factory FR-S along with a ton more pictures.