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?
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.
Now Toyota has confirmed that the 2nd generation of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ (and the Toyota GT86 as it’s known in many parts of the world), citing the company’s need for sporty cars to rejuvenate its image.
“we are pretty serious about keeping the GT 86 pure and keeping a car like that in our line-up. Because in the past we dropped cars like the Celicas and fun cars, and we don’t want to lose that again,” said Karl Schlicht, Toyota of Europe’s Executive Vice President told Motoring.com.au. “It hurts the image over time, we want to keep some fun cars in our line-up.”
Despite recent unsourced reports to the contrary, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ will live into another generation. This opens the door to the possibility of Supra built off the FR-S platform. Since Toyota is planning a higher end sports car with BMW power, it would be simple to build the FR-S platform with enough engine bay space to accommodate an in inline six (the current car has proven pretty accepting of larger motors, as all those 2JZ FR-S builds and V8 swaps have proven).
Dai Yoshiro is a D1 drifter who made a name for himself drifting an S13 Silvia. If the drifting world were Halo, the S13 would be the Battle Rifle, it’s the platform you usually start with and it works really well, but its ubiquity makes it a bit boring , so he has now switched to a Subaru BRZ. The Falken drift BRZ was chosen to replace the Silvia because of its style, popularity and size.
The BRZ beat out the 350z and Cadillac CTS-V as the drift car of choice for Yoshiro and his team. Yoshiro said the 350Z lost due to the BRZ’s popularity and marketability and the CTS-V was too long. This is a D1 drift car though, so unless you’re being paid by Scion to keep it, you’re probably going to need to drop the FA20 motor for something with a bit more power. Yoshiro went with a 7.0-liter Chevy LS7 engine swap with a Garrett GTX5008R turbo that makes 962-horsepower and 832 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm.
In addition to the V8 swap, the drift BRZ has a couple aesthetic improvements. Yoshiro’s Falken BRZ drift car has a Rocket Bunny V2 body kit and KW coilovers sitting on Yoshihara Design Champion wheels.
The 2015 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick for the 2015 model year. To earn the award, the FR-S and BRZ got “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints as well as an “acceptable” rating in the small overlap crash test.
The 2014 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ also earned the IIHS top safety pick, but only on models manufactured after December 2013, when the cars were upfitted with energy absorbing foam (adds weight take it out) was added to the left knee bolster and a “structural change” was made. Both of these changes were made specifically for the small overlap test to let the cars qualify for the Top Safety Pick award.
Now let’s reflect on the strange beauty of violence and the perverse joy we get in watching elegance defiled.
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.
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.
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.