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The Story Behind the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

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By now you already know the basics of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ’s genesis – it has a Subaru engine and chassis while the styling was done by Toyota.  That’s not the whole story though, and X Car just released a video detailing the whole story behind the joint venture sports car.

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The interesting part of the story is that it was Toyota that pushed for the car to be built.  Toyota decided they wanted to build a sports car with Subaru and went to the smaller company with the idea.  Subaru was hesitant about the project at first so Toyota took the initiative and built a prototype using an engine out of a Subaru Legacy.  The car came back to Toyota with bald tires and a resounding yes.

What followed was a bit of Romeo and Juliet style fighting over the details of the engine, but luckily Toyota and Subaru are not the Montagues and Capulets and nobody ended up stabbed or poisoned.

 

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Subaru BRZ Rally Car Wins Third Straight Race

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A Subaru BRZ Rally Car Campaigned by Tein is heating up in the All Japan Rally Championship, winning three races in a row. The BRZ rally car, sponsored by Tein and driven by Kamata Takuma, just won the Tango Peninsula Rally 2014, the sixth race of the 2014 season.

The BRZ rally car competes in the JN-5 class, so it isn’t going up against the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Instead, the BRZ competes with other 2WD vehicles like the Honda Integra, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Civic, and even a couple Toyota GT86s.

The Tango Peninsula Rally is 63.6 miles (or 4.02677e6 inches according to my coffee-deprived first conversion) split up into 21 stages. Both rain and heat were a factor in the race but the BRZ handled the wet gravel well thanks to its balance and low center of gravity.

It still looks like Toyota will campaign a GT86 rally car before Subaru races a BRZ rally car, but this shows the car’s potential.

Source: Torque News

Scion FR-S STS Remote Turbo Sounds Like a Space Ship

If you’re unfamiliar with STS’ remote turbo systems, you can be forgiven just this one time. STS’ turbo kits have been popular with domestic muscle and trucks for years but haven’t made a huge impact on the import scene yet. The unique thing about STS’ kits is that they mount the turbocharger in the back of the car, usually where the muffler previously sat. The long turbo pipes serve to cool the air without needing an intercooler and the turbo actually muffles the exhaust sound pretty well.

The best part, at least for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ STS rear mounted turbo kits? The sound. Turbo FR-S and BRZ cars usually sound great, but the remote turbo STS kit sounds like a space ship with its high pitched whistle.

400+ Horsepower LS2 V8 Swapped BRZ06 Update With Video

The BRZ06 from Weapons Grade Performance combines two things every car lover loves – light cars and huge power. With a 400 horsepower 6.0-liter Chevy LS2 V8 engine swapped into the lightweight BRZ, the car is exactly the car Chevy should have built. With 400+ horsepower and only 60-lbs more weight than the stock 2.0-liter BRZ, it’s not a hard argument to make that this is the car Subaru should have made too.

We first showed you the BRZ06 last year and at the time it was running well, but the power steering and tachometer weren’t working. I just heard from Doug at Weapons Grade Performance that they have those last two items fully functional in the BRZ06 now.

At $13,000 installed ($8k for the full swap kit and $5k for installation), you can have a light weight V8 monster for about the same price as a well equipped Mustang or Camaro, with the added bonus of having a unique sports car that will turn heads and attract crowds everywhere you go.

BRZ vs Bambi – Watch a Subaru BRZ Driver Avoid Eviscerating A Deer By Inches

One very lucky Subaru BRZ driver had a close call with a deer at night on Skyline Drive in Virginia. While tooling around Skyline Drive at night (he was trying to avoid sightseers that would slow him down and keep him from enjoying the windy road) a deer hopped out of the woods with almost perfect timing to be turned into ground venison by the speeding BRZ. Thankfully, the driver was on his toes and managed to slow down enough that Bambi didn’t get busted. While we’re being thankful, the BRZ driver’s dash cam means that even though you know exactly what happens in this video, you’ll still find yourself an inch taller thanks to involuntarily butt cheek clenching at the almost accident.

Yamano Tetsuya Wins All Japan Gymkhana On Crutches With Subaru BRZ

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Yamano Tetsuya showed up to round 6 of the All Japan Gymkhana on crutches and left on the podium. OK he didn’t actually leave on the podium, that would be absurd, it would take a massive truck to carry the actual intact podium away and he would risk getting injured again, but the race driver did leave with a first place finish despite injuring himself in training for round four of the tournament and needing surgery that caused him to miss round 5.
Tetsuya races the 2014 Subaru BRZ in the PN3 class and despite his injury (torn ligaments in his clutch foot) leaving him unsure of his motor racing future, won the round at the Twin Ring Motegi Northern Short Course.
On top of the recent injury and surgery, the course was hit with rain and typhoons during the round, making Tetsuya’s job even harder.

Source: Torque News

Scion FR-S Rally Car Ready To Hit The Dusty Trail

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Since the Subaru BRZ became Subaru’s most exciting car (cue the granola spit-take from the Outback fanclub) people have been wondering if we’d ever see a BRZ rally car. The BRZ Cross Sport was a tease at possible future plans for more subaru-y BRZs, but nothing has materialized. Now it looks like Scion will build an FR-S rally car before the Subaru BRZ rally car comes to life. The Toyota GT86 CS-R3 will actually make it onto rally stages this year.

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Toyota is building a rally GT86 to serve as a recce car (a prerunner for rally races if you’re more familiar with Baja terminology or are better at figuring words out using context when they’re in English). The GT86 rally car will scout the course ahead of the actual race for the pace notes, but Toyota plans to use the scouting recce cars as a precursor to a WRC car.

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The Scion FR-S rally car will have mild performance modifications to give it between 237 and 246-horsepower, as well as a rally sequential gearbox.

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Source: The Truth About Cars

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue

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The 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue will give BRZ enthusiasts an appetizer to hold us over for the STI entree we’ve been waiting for.

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The 2015 BRZ Series.Blue will be available in either World Rally Blue or Crystal White Paint with a full lip kit that Subaru says will reduce the coefficient of drag from 0.28 to 0.27. Unfortunately the aerodynamic upgrades are the only extras that can count as performance upgrades on the Series.Blue, so it isn’t as enticing a package as the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0. The BRZ Series.Blue will be limited to just 1,000 units, compared to the FR-S Release 1.0’s 1,500, so if you’re looking for a collectible the BRZ will be a bit rarer.

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The BRZ Series.Blue will start life as a BRZ Limited model and will add to that a black and blue leather and faux suede interior with blue contrasting stitching (mmm contrasting stitching), a blue accented steering wheel, special floormats with blue stitching, a frameless rearview mirror, fake carbon fiber dash trim, and an illuminated engine start button with STI logo. Unique STI rims are the other major addition to the Series.Blue.  Like the rest of the 2015 BRZs, the Series.Blue will get the new Sharkfin antenna.

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The Series.Blue will start at $30.285 with a stick shift, just $1,895 more than the BRZ Limited and not as much as a good set of wheels, so Subaru dealers should have no problem selling 1,000 of them.

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Source: Car and Driver

Scibaru Part Deux: Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S Confirmed for Second Generation

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The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S second generations have been officially confirmed. Subaru boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News that contrary to speculation, “it’s not going to be just one generation.” The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ won’t break away from each other and will be built on the same platform for the second generation.

Subaru has a reason to be bullish on the FR-S BRZ’s continued production, while Toyota has some reason to be hesitant.  Subaru BRZ sales rose six percent through June, while FR-S sales fell 24 percent.  Even with that fall the FR-S almost doubled the BRZ’s sales this year with 7,662 Scions sold to 4,295 Subarus.

No specifications have been announced for the second generation FR-S and BRZ, but expect minor engine performance upgrades to add a bit of horsepower in the base car. The drivetrain will also probably be stronger to accommodate a stronger engine option like the 2.5-liter engine or a turbocharger. Lastly we will probably see some changes to the FR-S and BRZ platform that would allow more flexibility in body styles, opening the path for an FR-S convertible, an FR-S sedan or a BRZ Crossover.

Subaru Announces Sharkfin Antenna for 2015

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Subaru has announced some changes to the 2015 BRZ. Most obvious will be the addition of a painted shark fin antenna replacing the black nub.

Mechanically, the BRZ will get tweaks to the front suspension, new rear shock absorbers, and steering adjustments to improve handling and driveability (no performance upgrades yet, I guess it will be 2016 when the BRZ Turbo finally makes it to production). Carbon fiber dashboard accents and a new key fob round out the 2015 BRZ’s upgrades. The changes, which have been confirmed for the Japanese spec 2015 BRZ, should find their way onto U.S. cars either this year or next.

Since their chums (get it?) at Toyota are adding a shark fin antenna to the Scion FR-S and Toyota FT86, Subaru is following suit. Unlike luxury cars where the antenna pods just look tacked on, the shark fin antenna actually looks good on a sports car, kind of like the roof accoutrements the WRX STI and Mitsubishi Evo have that supposedly do something magical to the air flowing over the car and add a million horsepower.

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Source: Carscoops.