Bill Caswell is famous for his beater E30 rally car that showed either how great a cheap performance platform the BMW E30 is or how amazing of a driver Caswell is when it started being legitimately competitive against sponsored rally cars. Now that Caswell is famous, he gets to drive real race cars.
Caswell got behind the wheel of the Crawford Turbocharged Subaru BRZ at the Redline Time Attack at Buttonwillow Raceway. Time Attack is a simple way to race: you go out and set the best lap you can, either alone on the track or (for non professionals) with other cars out there that start in stages. The best lap wins.
The Crawford turbo BRZ has 475 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque at the crank, well over double the factory 2.0-liter’s numbers. That power doesn’t come from just a bolt on turbo kit (although you can make very close to those numbers with one), new longer connecting rods, low compression JE pistons, and a front mount intercooler all work to make the turbo BRZ as powerful and reliable as possible.
That much power was too much for the BRZ’s stock suspension, making the car drift uncontrollably around the track, so Crawford worked the platform over to handle that power on the racetrack.
Caswell loved the car, and his gut instinct is pretty good – the Crawford turbo BRZ had the second place time in the rear wheel drive category and the best time for a Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S.