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:
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.
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.
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?
Subaru is getting hyperactive with small changes to keep people excited about the BRZ. And it’s working, the Hyper Blue 2016 BRZ was on display at the Wicked Big Meet and it looks awesome. If you’re holding out for a BRZ that’s unique and definitely turns heads right off the showroom floor, this is it.
The Hyper Blue BRZ was shown off with black logos and color matched seat stitching which might point to a special edition. Could this new paint be specific to the 2016 BRZ Series.Blue?
The Hyper Blue color was only shown on the WRX STI and the BRZ, so it could be reserved for special editions. but it would fit well on the WRX and Crosstrek too. Don’t hold your breath for the two-tone tan and Hyper Blue Outback though.
You know you want to see an orange racing stripe on the Hyper Blue BRZ to make a Gulf Racing livery homage, don’t lie.
Is the Hyper Blue addition a desperate attempt to keep people interested in the aging first gen while Subaru focuses on building the second generation BRZ? Or are they just giving the customers what they want with sportier color option for 2016?
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.
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’s been a long time, it’s been a long time coming” – Puff Daddy
Subaru is finally releasing a BRZ STI. If that sentence conjures dreams of turbos and hood scoops and AWD donuts, it’s time to wake up.
The BRZ STI won’t have any more power. Unfortunately the BRZ STI will only be another tweaking of the standard BRZ like the BRZ Series.Blue, the FR-S Release Series 1.0, or the BRZ tS.
“That’s not what this car is about. We feel this car has enough power” a Subaru rep said, carefully toeing the company line. “It’s all about elevating the car’s already great cornering capability. That’s what drivers want, an ultimate connection with the road. And our job is to develop parts that reach this goal.”
Instead, the 2015 Subaru BRZ tS STI (yes Subaru does still love tacking on extra nonsensical letters, at least they haven’t lost that) will get new Bilstein struts, drilled brake rotors, a flexible V bar style strut tower brace, a new muffler, unique 18-inch wheels, Recaro seats and a unique lip kit. The price for all this will come out to 4,000,000 yen, or about $33,000 US. So at least the original JDM BRZ STI won’t cost you too much.
“So on the convertible we went down swinging,” Scion Senior Vice President Doug Murtha told WardsAuto. I think we were pretty aggressive on our (submitted plan), but we looked at what we would have conceivably lost on the product and said, ‘We’re not going to even push it further.Nobody was more disappointed than we were.”
Scion FR-S sales have been declining steeply, which is to be expected when a car has been around for a couple years, so Scion is looking for something to get buyers interested again. It won’t be a turbo model though, according to Murtha “that’s not something that’s coming.” That technically leave the possibility of a 2.5-liter FR-S though, so there’s still hope for more power For now, Scion is banking on the Release Series 1.0 reawakening the public’s love of the car, or maybe they’ll actually build the FR-S Targa
The car dealers that were shown the convertible FR-S as an incentive to keep their Scion branches open must feel awful, like they were dealing with a company that didn’t care about honesty at all and would say anything to keep them around longer, hoping that the more time they invested, the less likely they were to walk away. So now they know how it feels.
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.
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.
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).
Subaru will use the same Dunlop tires on the BRZ GT300 and the Nurburgring 24 Hours STI.
Here’s how I know this guy loves his kid more than my dad loved me: he turned his FR-S, a sexy red sports car, into Lightning McQueen. If my dad had really loved me, the family Jeep would have been replaced with a red sports car just like this one. But instead all I got was a bad skin and an abandonment complex.
Ryan Lee from Speedworks Engineering built his FR-S into lightning McQueen with some custom vinyl so that his son could be the coolest kid in school. Oh and the FR-S is turbo with 300-hp, so it’s got that going for it too.
This is the single coolest modification you can make to your FR-S, forget your Rocket Bunnys and your 2JZ swaps. You’re a fool if you don’t copy this guy. Unless you don’t have kids. if you don’t have kids, don’t do this. You’ll just end up having to try to explain it to the police and then introducing yourself to your neighbors for the rest of your life.
Speedhunters has teamed up with Kei Miura, the designer of the Rocket Bunny widebody kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, to create a new widebody kit for hachiroku owners. The KM4SH (Kei Miura for Speed Hunters) kit is much less extreme looking than the Rocket Bunny, and the subtlety works for the FR-S.
The limited edition BRZ, imaginatively named the 2015 Subaru BRZ Special Edition, will come with unique racing stripes, unique 17-inch wheels (remember when those were considered big? it was a simpler time), a black lip kit, an STI push button starter, a short shift kit, and a unique shift knob. Subaru Australia claims the 2015 BRZ Special Edition adds $9,000 worth of upgrades for a $3,500 premium. Only 125 of the BRZ Special Editions will be sold in Australia, so if you’re interested move quick.