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?
If the god of thunder and awesome had a blender that he used to make the most delicious ambrosia daiquiris the heavens and earth had ever tasted, it would sound like the Ekanoo racing FR-S spitting flames through its hood in this video. We’ve made no secret of our love for the Ekanoo Racing FR-S, see our other stories about it here, here and here, and this just solidifies it as one of the best 86s in the world.
Scion teamed up with Mackin Industries for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. Scion didn’t build this year’s car, but sponsored Mackin’s build of the FR-S, which has over 500-horsepower, along with Greddy and Evasive Motorsports.
Evasive Motorsports Dynoed the Pikes Peak 2015 FR-S and found 480-horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque on their Mustang Dyno. Not too shabby, and what’s even more impressive is that the build survived the 12.42-mile long Pikes Peak course that ends at 14,000 feet of elevation.
The FR-S was built with a Greddy turbo kit using a Garret GTX3076R turbo and a mean looking custom exhaust. The car was originally built for SEMA, so it’s not all go no show, the Mackin industries Pikes Peak FR-S also has a full Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Rays wheels with Toyo tires and of course a fully built suspension for the Hill Climb.
Official race results have not been tabulated yet due to a mixup on race day that involved two different checkered flags at different places on the course. Organizers say a decision has been made regarding official times and final results for the race are forthcoming (as of July 7).
Ski Lifts are the worst part of skiing. They’re boring (you can only spend so long staring at a trail before you really just want to play on it and it drives you crazy) and high enough up that you get a nice cooling breeze (perfect for those 15 degree days on the mountain). Ryan Tuerck has a great alternative: drifting his sick white FR-S up the mountain to the top, probably beating the ski lift’s time in the process too.
Check out this video of Tuerck solo drifting up Burke Mountain in northern Vermont (it’s so far north I bet they call Canadian bacon “bacon” there) and then going up together with BC racing teammate Pat Goodin with his 2JZ 240SX.
Finally a fun alternative to a ski lift, let’s petition Burke mountain to hire a team of FR-S drifters to take skiers to the top.
Scion’s FR-S Targa SEMA 2014 car gives us new hope for multiple body styles in the FR-S. The FR-S Targa has removable center roof section (hence the name) rear window louvres that will hopefully make their way to the aftermarket and a widebody kit.
The FR-S T1 was built by Cartel Customs for Scion’s SEMA booth and sits on KW Coilovers and forged 19-inch wheels. The targa top isn’t the only custom bit on the FR-S T1, it also has a custom widebody kit with a center mounted exhaust. It’s not all show either, a Greddy turbo kit has been installed along with a Wilwood big brake kit.
Like Bon Jovi said, we’re halfway there, woah-oh living on a prayer. We still don’t have an FR-S convertible (besides the original concept car), but the Targa shows that Scion wants more than just a coupe out of the FR-S.
An FR-S Targa isn’t a convertible, you can’t just toss a surfboard in and go to the beach and your back seat passengers won’t get much of a tan, but it would make the FR-S a closer competitor to the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Chances are you’ve heard some news anchor or “social media expert” waxing poetic on TV or the internet about how this generation will have video and picture proof of their entire lives to look back on. That’s boring, nobody cares about your life except your mom and she loves your brother better anyway. What’s not boring is watching the life of Ekanoo Racing’s GT86 as it grows from a little sports car with an engine swap to a fire breathing (literally) six second monster.
Here is the 2JZ swapped GT86 running with a Precision 6262 turbo making 440-whp.
With a bit of tuning and race gas, the 2JZ GT86 made 577-whp. Not bad.
An 11 second pass is nothing to complain about, but running an 11.1 left Ekanoo racing smelling tens and vowing to be back soon.
And they were back, ticking off a 10.9 on Nitto 555 drag tires.
Adding a 4 row intercooler, AEM ECU, and a 3.5-inch exhaust, EKanoo got the GT86 to put down 633-horsepower.
With those new mods, the 2JZ GT86 made a 10.5-second pass at 196-km/h.
After adding new heads, HKS 272 cams, and new axles, the Ekanoo GT86 broke quadruple digits and put down 1,082 wheel horsepower on a dyno.
Then it looks like Ekanoo either painted their GT86 white or bought a new one to use what they had learned on a straight drag car, then promptly grenaded their driveshaft in a shower of sparks at the end of a run.
The first shakedown run with a new driveshaft resulted in a 7.54 1/4 mile at 259-km/h.
You can do a lot of things in six seconds: make a first impression, shotgun a beer, fix your hair, run 20 yards, disappoint a woman emotionally or physically.
And now: Travel the 1/4 mile in six seconds in a GT86!
Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain just posted this video of their GT86 doing the 1/4 mile in 6.85 seconds. The car, owned by Ebrahim Kanoo, is powered by a 2JZengine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.
It’s a story Steinbeck could have told. D’Angelo loses everything to Hurricane Sandy, the storm that wreaked hell on the east coast in 2012, flooding towns and replacing dreams and futures with sand and water. With no home left and so many others in the same situation, he has nowhere to turn to. Tangelo becomes a drifter.
The TAngelo (D’Angelo in the little story above) racing Scion FR-S was totaled after Hurricane Sandy and bought from a salvage yard by Tony Angelo. Since the car was wrecked, it was a perfect place to start from scratch on an FR-S drift build for Formula Drift. TAngelo put a Toyota 2AZ motor (the 2.4 liter from the Scion tC, xB and Toyota Camry) with a Garret turbo pumping the normally economical four-banger up to 750-horsepower and 700 ft-lbs of torque. The TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S uses a G-Force GSR transmission and Hankook RS-3 tires to put that power to the ground and Wilwood brakes slow it back down.
The exterior of the TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S has a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Stance suspension and Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels.
TAngelo estimates that the car will do 0-60 in about 3 seconds and the 1/4 mile in about 10. Not bad for a car that was tossed in a junkyard after Hurricane Sandy.
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.
If you’re unaware, FL2K14 is one of the major street racing (and legal drag racing) events of the year. Following the popularity of TX2K, it was decided that the world needs more than one massive congregation of insanely fast cars each year. So a whole bunch of super fast cars meet at Bradenton Motorsports park in October for full days of race events including a 60-130 roll racing event, 1/4 mile racing, burnout contests and more followed (allegedly) by more fun after dark on the highways. Four digit horsepower isn’t even special at the 2K events. So it seems like a place that the lowly Scion FR-S, with 200-hp and a focus on fun over brute strength, might not fit in too well. That is unless of course someone had a completely built turbo FR-S that put out about 700-horsepower.
Justin is bringing is built and sleeved Scion FRS, running a Precision 6466 controlled by a MoTeC Engine management system is good for around 700hp and he is planning on racing anybody. (hashtags removed because they’re annoying)
With 700-hp and 2,700 lbs, he shouldn’t have much trouble running with the 2JZ cars. We’ll all be looking forward to videos of what the little 2.0 liter FR-S can do.
The owner offered a bit more information about the car and its tuning situation:
I was at TX2k14. I was on EcuTek and the car was turned down due to fuel issues. The software didn’t want to read pass 22psi and kept leaning out. That was the main reason I had to opt out of the roll racing. We turned it down so that I can enjoy the car. But this car will be there in October.