Category Archives: Subaru BRZ Performance

Be Jelly Of This Subaru BRZ Guinness World Record Setting Donut – Video

Get it? Jelly? Donut? I’ll see myself out.

Stunt driver and world record collector Alistair Moffatt recently beat the Guinness World Record for tightest 360-degree spin in a Subaru BRZ.  Moffatt spun his BRZ between two rows of parked cars only 2.25 meters wider than the Subaru is long and continued driving to win the record. The BRZ was completely stock, the only modification was that all of the electronic driving aids were turned off.  Alistair says he “just ripped a load of fuses out of it and nothing works apart from the steering wheel clutch and brake.”

Moffatt also holds the titles for tightest parallel park forward single, triple parallel park, reverse parallel park, tightest through and through on two wheels. When he beat the world record for tightest 360 spin in the BRZ, it was his seventh (according to the video, he held six records going in, but a Guinness page about about another of his records doesn’t mention reverse parallel park or the other two, so it’s possible he holds them with a different recording body or he earned them in the last few weeks. Either way I couldn’t find any info on the two mystery records, so if you know, please share in the comments).
The former world record for the tightest donut was completed in a space 2.5 meters longer than the car, and this stunt shaved 25 centimeters off that. So the total amount of space for the BRZ to spin in was 6.48 meters (4.23 meters for the BRZ plus 2.25 meters) or 21.26 feet (13.88 feet for the BRZ plus 7.38 feet).

Bonus: check out Moffatt’s other recent world record for tightest parallel park:

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Subaru BRZ STI Patent Brings Us One Step Closer To a Turbo BRZ

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Subaru has patented the BRZ STI body we saw at the New York Auto Show earlier this year. The (obviously) World Rally Blue BRZ STI looked like a typical STI car with Subaru’s hallmark picnic table spoiler. Now pictures from Subaru’s patent filing in Japan show that the production BRZ STI will look almost exactly like the concept.

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The front fascia, side skirts, rear valence, center mounted exhaust, and even the BBS CH-R wheels made it into the patent filing. The only visible difference between the concept car and the patent filing drawings is the scaffolding for the aforementioned skyscraping spoiler.

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The patent doesn’t include and underhood pictures, so there still isn’t confirmation, but eventually Subaru will get off their butts and release a turbo BRZ STI. Of course that will require an admission that the chassis can handle more than 200 horsepower, which they’ve maintained it can’t, but there’s no shortage of evidence in the form of 500 horsepower to 1,000 horsepower cars that aren’t twisting like pretzels from the torque.

We know that a BRZ STI is on the way, but we don’t know for sure about a factory turbocharger. Would you buy a BRZ STI without a turbo? Would you consider it a real STI car without one?

 

Images via Autoguide

2016 Subaru BRZ STI Shows Up At New York Auto Show, But What Does It Mean For Production 2016 BRZ STI?

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A Subaru BRZ STI has been officially released by Subaru. Of course it’s only a concept car for the New York Auto Show, but it shows that Subaru has been listening to everyone begging for a more powerful BRZ. The concept car also shows that there might be hope for a real BRZ STI at some point in the future. The BRZ STI concept is a lot more impressive than the BRZ tS STI that Japan will get next year with… exactly the same horsepower as the standard Subaru BRZ, it packs a race ready engine.

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No, the US Subaru BRZ STI doesn’t have a turbo FA20, it’s actually an NA EJ20 from a Super GT car according to Road & Track. That means that even the concept car builders at Subaru are keeping to the official party line that “the BRZ doesn’t need forced induction, it’s fast enough as is.”

The concept BRZ STI has a huge rear wing, carbon fiber diffuser with center exit exhaust, a full bodykit, a lowered suspension and rims that look an awful lot like BBS’ offerings, and some interior trim pieces.

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The BRZ STI does have some aero upgrades and a better suspension than the stock car, but the lack of a turbo seems to indicate that any US BRZ STI will just be a special body kit, maybe a goofy wing, and some stiffer struts and shocks.

It looks like we’ll have to wait for the second generation BRZ for a more impressive BRZ STI.

Watch an FR-S Hot lap The Nurburgring Nordschleife

The Nurburgring’s Nordschleife is one of, if not the, most famous tracks in the world. It’s so important that sports car makers use it was part of their advertising to show how fast their car is along with 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times and top speeds. So of course you want to see an FR-S whip around the Nordschleife and absolutely kill it.

The Toyota GT86 (this is Germany, they don’t have Scions there) absolutely dusts a few BMWs (including one turd that won’t let him pass) that almost definitely have a few horses on him, an Audi that looks pretty nice, and a few hatch backs. If you needed any more proof that the FR-S and BRZ are awesome sports cars, no matter the comparatively wimpy engine, this is it.

The GT86 is owned by RSR racing rentals and is completely stock except for better tires and brake pads.

Better than a Ski Lift – Ryan Tuerck Drifts Up a Ski Mountain in His White Widebody FR-S

ryan-tuerck-drift-frs-burke-mountainSki Lifts are the worst part of skiing. They’re boring (you can only spend so long staring at a trail before you really just want to play on it and it drives you crazy) and high enough up that you get a nice cooling breeze (perfect for those 15 degree days on the mountain). Ryan Tuerck has a great alternative: drifting his sick white FR-S up the mountain to the top, probably beating the ski lift’s time in the process too.

Check out this video of Tuerck solo drifting up Burke Mountain in northern Vermont (it’s so far north I bet they call Canadian bacon “bacon” there) and then going up together with BC racing teammate Pat Goodin with his 2JZ 240SX.

Finally a fun alternative to a ski lift, let’s petition Burke mountain to hire a team of FR-S drifters to take skiers to the top.

2015 Subaru BRZ GT300 Race Car Revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon

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The Tokyo Auto Salon is one of the largest car shows for Japanese brands. Both aftermarket and OEM suppliers go all out for the Salon every year, and Subaru is no exception. This year, Subaru unveiled the 2015 Subaru BRZ GT300 race car, which will compete in Japan’s Super GT series.

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The BRZ GT300 race car is barely recognizable as a BRZ. It’s wide (it makes the Rocket Bunny kit look like a Tango), it’s low and it has a massive spoiler on the back. Still, it’s a lot better than the NASCAR bodies that are essentially all the same with different headlights and grills painted on. At least the BRZ GT300 looks like it started out life as a BRZ.

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Subaru also debuted their WRX STI based race car that will be competing in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race with grill mounted lights that make the front of the car look like a Mustang (head over to Autoblog to see the monstrosity and then try to tell me you don’t see the stang in it).

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Subaru will use the same Dunlop tires on the BRZ GT300 and the Nurburgring 24 Hours STI.

 

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.

Dudes Use an FR-S for a Bunch of Baseball Trick Shots

Today you’re going to see something new. A baseball trick shot video using a Scion FR-S. There are a million basketball trick shot videos out there, including the most famous ones starring Michael Jordan and Larry bird. There are golf trick shot videos, beer pong trick shot videos, pool trick shot videos, but you really don’t see many baseball trick shot videos, particularly starring a sports car the the Scion FR-S.

The dudes at Dude Perfect released this video featuring a bunch of baseball trick shots using the Scion FR-S as a tool and a prop. There’s some drifting, some racing, a lot of ridiculous baseball tricks, and Scion Racing driver Ken Gushi even makes an appearance. The biggest star of the video is how psyched these guys are about every trick they pull off, I’m jealous of their trick shot abilities just because of how much they love pulling them off. It makes me want to develop a talent.

Innovate Motorsports Supercharger Dyno Tested

If you’re looking for useable street performance on the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, a supercharger kit is probably high on your list. Import Tuner recently got their hands on an Innovate Motorsports supercharger kit for their FR-S and did a full install themselves, complete with a before and after dyno comparison.

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The FR-S this Innovate supercharger kit was installed on had an intake and exhaust already installed (as most cars getting forced induction probably will) and laid down 174 wheel horsepower. Factoring in a 20% drivetrain loss, that comes out to about 217 hp at the flywheel, which is a decent gain from a bolt on intake and cat back exhaust.

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After the Innovate supercharger was installed, the FR-S made 226 wheel horsepower, 52 more than the naturally aspirated motor for a 30% gain.