BRZ exhaust sound

BRZ exhaust sound from my 2017 Subaru BRZ.

The Subaru BRZ has many improvements for model year 2017. Among some of the changes are engine upgrades and interior changes. The engine upgrades result in a slightly different BRZ exhaust sound compared to the previous model year cars. Since the engine has a bit more power and slightly re-worked exhaust system, this was to be expected. But, what does it really sound like? I have recorded the exhaust sound from my Scion FRS in the past and was curious how the new BRZ stacked up. Granted, my 2017 BRZ is bone stock car while my FRS had upgrades. The stock BRZ sounds pretty dang good!

BRZ STi front lip install

It’s time to install my new BRZ STi front lip on my 2017 BRZ! The instructions available for installing the BRZ STi lip are specific to pre-2017 cars, so it was a little bit tricky to figure out. I did have help from another BRZ enthusiast on the FT86club forums. Following these instructions, the BRZ STi front lip install process was fairly straightforward. I was able to successfully install the BRZ STi lip on my own 2017 BRZ. The BRZ STi lip adds an aggressive look to an already great looking car. In my case, I am also using it for a little bit of autocross cone protection for the front bumper 🙂 Be careful though, since the lip hangs down about 1.5″ from the normal bumper, it becomes a bit of a ground clearance hazard.

Subaru BRZ STi front lip un-boxing

A shiny new BRZ STi front lip for my 2017 BRZ!

It’s not often that I get cosmetic upgrades for my cars, but this BRZ STi front lip looks too good to pass up. The front under-spoiler is from the Subaru accessory catalog, so it is a genuine Subaru STi part. The front lip gives the car a lower, more aggressive look. In addition, it will help protect the real bumper from potential dings and impacts. This is especially important when you autocross the car like I do. Nothing like built in cone protection for your shiny new bumper 🙂 You can order your own lip directly from your local Subaru dealership. Check out the video as Shelby and I un-box the BRZ STi front lip! Check back soon for the installation video as well.

BRZ first autocross event

My BRZ first autocross event went great!

I have spent a couple weekends of installing upgrades and modifications on my new 2017 BRZ. This weekend, I had the chance to get my BRZ first autocross event in! My 2017 Subaru BRZ has all of the suspension upgrades in place, as well as the various chassis upgrades. In addition to that, the BRZ has a fresh alignment and corner balancing from my race shop. I have been looking forward to how the new car compares to my old 2013 Scion FRS. Theoretically, the 2017 BRZ should outperform the older FRS. However, the cars are so close performance wise, it might be difficult to notice. Finally, check out how the event went and how the BRZ stacks up performance wise!

More BRZ upgrades

It’s time for more BRZ upgrades!

This particular install session was a mixed bag of various BRZ upgrades. I started off by upgrading the rear subframe and differential mounts with bushing inserts. I used Whiteline bushing inserts, which improve stability and car feedback when driving. These are a great upgrade at a very inexpensive price. In addition to the bushing inserts, we shed some weight on the front of the car by installing a Shorai lightweight battery. A lightweight battery easily saves ~25lbs from on the front of the car. Lastly, to improve stopping power, we installed Hawk HPS brake pads.

BRZ suspension install

After the BRZ suspension install, my car is no longer stock!

Baseline power numbers for my 2017 Subaru BRZ have been acquired, so now it is time to get the BRZ suspension installed! As you might know, the heart and soul of a race car is the suspension and chassis. For this key component, I chose Racecomp Engineering Tarmac 2 coil-over suspension. The springs I am using are RCE 400lbs springs front and rear. Next, Raceseng camber plates manage the front alignment for camber and caster adjustment. Lastly, Whiteline provides added roll stiffness in the front of the car with a 20mm front sway bar. Also included with the front sway bar is adjustable end-links. These modifications will increase the stability and handling of my 2017 Subaru BRZ for better performance when racing. To complete the BRZ suspension modifications, the car will need a race alignment and corner balancing.

BRZ stock power for 2017

What does the BRZ stock power output look like?

The Subaru BRZ is new and improved for the 2017 model year. In addition to other enhancements, power increases are at the top of the list. Subaru claims to have increased the BRZ stock power by 5 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque. This brings the total horsepower output to 205hp and total torque output to 156lb-ft. Are these new BRZ stock power claims true? Well, I took my 2017 Subaru BRZ to the dyno and had it compared against my old 2013 Scion FRS. Both cars were bone stock when they hit the dyno. Although, the timelines were different as the FRS was on the dyno a year prior. However, the numbers and dyno graph don’t lie, take a look!

Driving impressions – 2017 BRZ

The BRZ is new and improved for 2017, here are my driving impressions.

Driving impressions are the best way to judge a car. With a little over 400 miles on my new 2017 Subaru BRZ, I share some thoughts on how it drives. I have to say, this thing is a blast to drive, and a lot like my previous 2013 Scion FRS! A scenic drive through the foothills of Colorado makes for an enjoyable driving experience.  While cruising through the mountains I am able to get a good feel for the car, sharing my thoughts as I drive. In addition, I compared the driving behavior of my 2017 BRZ versus my 2013 Scion FRS. There are a lot of new things in the 2017 Subaru BRZ, but it is also very much the same as previous model year cars.

2017 Subaru BRZ review

In this video I will be bringing you my brand new 2017 Subaru BRZ review!

I traded in my 2013 Scion FRS for this beautiful world rally blue pearl BRZ. This 2017 BRZ is the updated model of the previous year BRZ/FRS (now Toyota 86) twins. Included in this model refresh is new exterior styling along with LED lights and a backup camera. Next, the interior has push button start as well as steering wheel controls on the leather wheel. In addition, the car boasts 5 more horsepower/5 lb-ft more of torque. Lastly, a revised final drive changes the gearing which results quicker acceleration. This 2017 Subaru BRZ review is the first of many in my new Project BRZ YouTube series! Make sure to stay tuned for more videos and I hope you enjoy!

 

2016 Solo Nationals – Scion FRS

The 2016 Solo Nationals Championship drew a record number of participants.

With over 1300 total drivers in the event, the competition was sure to be high. However, the 2016 Solo Nationals out in Lincoln, Nebraska did not go as planned for me and my Scion FRS 🙁 We had serious issues with traction and grip on day 1, making the FRS very difficult to drive. As a result, we were way behind for day 2 of competition. Fortunately, we were able to make some positive setup changes for day 2. Once the car was working good, however, we were very competitive with some of the faster drivers. Sadly, the 2016 SCCA Solo National Championship came to an end with not much to brag about. We came away with a good learning experience and hope to come out stronger in 2017!