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.
Corvette horsepower and FR-S handling? A match made in heaven.
Pure Automotive Performance is building an LS2 V8-powered Scion FR-S. The FR-S’ 200-horsepower flat four engine was ripped out and replaced with a 6.0-liter LS2 Chevy V8 from a Corvette. The LS2 FR-S doesn’t just get a light weight body swapped onto it, it also has a Comp LS-R cam, ARP studs, Comp Trunnions, Comp push rods, Comp timing set, dual springs and titanium retainers. The setup should be good for over 400-wheel horsepower naturally aspirated.
Chevy LS motor in a FR-S isn’t a new idea. We’ve seen the LS2 powered BRZ06 (another punny build name!), an individual throttle body LS-series V8 in an FR-S and a Japanese V8 FT 86 Swap before. That’s OK though, gearheads have been putting big American V8s into small imported sports cars since the first small imported sports cars made it to southern California so of course the FR-S and BRZ are getting the same V8 Swap treatment from modern tuners.
Warning: watching these videos of an LS1 FR-S with velocity stacks running may be not work safe: nobody in the office will get any work done for the rest of the day because you’ll have them on loop.
We’ve seen Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ engine swaps before, and V8 swaps, and even a Chevy LS2 powered BRZ, but this is the first video of a V8 FR-S to surface.
The Scion FR-S LS1 engine swap resides in Japan, but the motor was sourced from a C5 Corvette, according to Midnight Roulette. With individual throttle bodies, the engine should be much more powerful than the 350-hp the LS1 had in the stock Corvette. Individual throttle bodies, or velocity stacks, are the ultimate air intake upgrade and increase throttle response as well as horsepower, so when the throttle is cracked on this V8 FR-S, it cracks like a whip.
The Chevy V8 FR-S also has a custom widebody kit that was developed with TRA-Kyoto, the company that builds the Rocket Bunny widebody kits for the FR-S and BRZ. This widebody kit has a much more clean look than the racecar-style Rocket Bunny kit. Brand new Work Emotion D9R wheels finish the car’s gorgeous body.
Images via Midnight Roulette.
It’s finally happened. Someone has cracked that magic number for the ultimate bragging rights on a Scion FR-S – 1,000 horsepower. Of course it was done with a Toyota Supra 2JZ engine swap, so that insane amount of horsepower isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility. It would be nice for someone to figure out how to put down insane horsepower like this out of the FA20 turbo, but an engine swapped FR-S is still an FR-S and the car is awesome. I guess we’ll have to be satisfied with the 400-hp to 450-horsepower out of turbo FR-S builds for now.
The car was built by Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain, so it’s actually a Toyota FT-86. The 2JZ 1khp FR-S put down a 9.5 second 1/4 mile time before something broke. The Ekanoo racing crew has a lot of experience building drag Supras so expect even faster times coming soon.
Listen to that FR-S Turbo whistle! It’s absolutely vulgar.
The Gazoo Racing GRMN Sports FR Platinum is a perfect example of what a tuner would do with the Scion FR-S if they had the money of an OEM. That’s because Gazoo Racing is a tuner with the money of an OEM. As Toyota’s internal skunkworks, Gazoo has the advantage of not only the largest automaker in the world’s money, but also the talent behind it. So when they build a show car out of a Scion FR-S, it isn’t just a show car. To prove that, Gazoo took the GRMN Sports FR Platinum drifting, and the there’s definitely some steak behind that sizzle.
When Gazoo first released teaser shots of the FR-S GRMN we said it looked like there were hints that an FR-S Supra would be built. Watching the video, the little Supra details seem even more obvious. The tail lights and headlights are obvious throwbacks to the fourth generation Supra. The Gazoo GRMN also has small triangular hood vents that look an awful lot like the TRD Supra hood. The way the car moves, it’s obvious it has some engine performance upgrades, and probably more than just an intake and exhaust, though whether it’s a six-cylinder engine swap remains to be seen.
If you’re the type to look for hints of future cars in concept vehicles, and you should be, then the Gazoo Racing GRMN Sports FR Platinum definitely points to a FR-S Supra.
The StanceNation G Edition car show in Japan features some crazy custom cars. in between the high end VIP cars, custom classics and even some stanced Kei cars there were a few awesome Scion FR-S, Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ customs.
This FT-86 has the Rocket Bunny V1 widebody kit, Work VS wheels that haven’t been released to the public yet, and either a turbo kit or a supercharger being fed by that huge front mount intercooler.
Everyone’s favorite is a V8 swapped FR-S, this one doesn’t have an Chevy LS V8 swap, but it does have individual throttle bodies, which makes it even cooler. The V8 FR-S also has a Todokori front bumper, STI brakes, and Work Emotion D9R wheels.
This white FR-S is the personal car of Keisuke Morita from HKS Japan and has an HKS supercharger kit, APR exterior parts and CCW wheels.
Air bags, a custom widebody kit, and awesome looking VIP Modular wheels make the Crystal Eye FT-86 one of the best looking show cars in any country.
This baby blue FR-S has the new Rocket Bunny V2 kit, with the sick front splitter and duck tail spoiler along with some Work Meister M1R wheels.
All pictures are from StickyDilJoe’s coverage of the StanceNation G Edition car show. Check out their coverage of the show for a ton of Japanese custom cars .
I can’t think of a better way to travel the Oregon Trail than with an 830-horsepower drift car. You can keep your oxen and your fording rivers, the only part of that game that was any fun was the hunting anyway. Ryan Tuerck took his Formula D Scion FR-S to the Maryhill Loops Road, aka the Oregon Trail hill climb track (don’t worry it’s closed to the public, so you won’t see an 800-horsepower Formula D car chase a minivan full of school children off the road), to do some drifting.
Tuerck raced up the mountain sideways alone, then tackled the track downhill in tandem with another drifter, Rob Primo.
Tuerck’s formula D Scion FR-S is powered by a stroked 2JZ-GTE engine, the venerable powerhouse from the Supra. The 2JZ engine swap is popular, Scion is entering a factory backed 2JZ Scion FR-S into this year’s Formula D.
Here’s a gif of the run, courtesy of Jalopnik.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
TOM’s racing built a V6-powered Toyota GT86/ Scion FR-S for last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. The TOM’s N086V has a 400-horsepower V6 fitted to the Toyota GT86/ Scion FR-S body.
The TOM’s N086V uses the 3.5-liter V6 engine from the Lexus IS350 and Lexus GS350 swapped into the FR-S. The engine is then tuned up to 400-horsepower, double the stock FR-S’ 200-hp, but the same as a bolt on turbo kit for the FR-S makes.
Like any concept car worth its salt, the TOM’s N086V has a custom body kit with a new front bumper, carbon fiber wide body fenders, custom side skirts and a custom rear bumper with a diffuser.
What’s really interesting about this concept is that it proved that the V6 engine could fit in a FR-S. That engine might be the one used in the FR-S based Supra that Toyota hinted at with the Gazoo Racing concept.
If the 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower flat four-cylinder engine in the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S isn’t enough for you, you’ll probably be a bit more excited by a 400-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 swap. The BRZ’s engine bay, built for the wide flat-four, is big enough to fit the monster LS Series V8.
The LS2 engine in the V8 BRZ originally came from a GTO, but in typical swap fashion, it uses parts from a few different GM vehicles including the CTS-V and G8 in order to fit in the smaller car’s engine bay. The GTO’s LS2 V8 has 400-horsepower and 400 lb-ft torque and the aluminum LS2 only adds about 60-lbs to the BRZ’s curb weight.
The 400-HP V8 swapped Subaru BRZ was built by Weapons Grade Performance in Wallingford, Connecticut. Not just a race car, the BRZ V8 swap still has air conditioning, ABS and the rest of the car’s original electronics excluding the electronic power steering and tachometer.
In case you were worried about BRZ’s performance potential, even with the torque monster V8 swap under the hood the V8 BRZ still uses the factory rear end upgraded with 3.73 gears. Weapons Grade Performance says they can perform this swap on customer cars, so if adding performance parts to your BRZ or even waiting for the 255-hp 2.5-liter 2015 BRZ won’t cut it for you, you should give them a shout.
Images via LSXTV.