Toyota transmission, diff, fuel system, body and Toyota footed the bill for everything (paying all of Subaru's and Toyota's own engineers and to convert the plant to make the car). Sounds like Toyota earned that 50% stake in this car.
OK, you guys already know this but I'll say it for the record. The 2013 Scion FR-S isn't fast. It handles well, it's fun to drive and it looks good but it's not a fast car. (Hopefully that will change during its time with us. Ahem, turbo kit.) And yet this weekend when I had it as my daily driver, a 'Mustang driver challenged me to a race on the freeway.
Here I was minding my own business, cruising behind a minivan in the second to right lane, when I see this '90s Mustang come speeding up in the far left lane. He must have been going 20 mph faster than everyone else.
Then I see him in my peripheral, just driving alongside me. I didn't look at him but I knew he was looking at me. Then I switched lanes to the right lane since I was exiting soon. That's when he ducked in behind me, and then he jumped back into his original lane. WTH? He continued to taunt me til I finally exited. I assume he saw that "my car" was shiny new as it didn't have its plates yet and figured I'd want to break it in? I don't know, I don't speak "guy."
I received similar reactions from other drivers when I pulled up alongside them at stoplights. Light turned green and they stomped on their accelerator. Whatever.
Reminds me of this Toyota Celica ad.
Part three of the 86-X build story ended with me arriving in New Jersey for Formula Drift Round 4. By qualifying in third we started off the event strong, but with the help of a drivetrain failure in the final turn of our Top 16 battles we ended our competition weekend early.
Flying back to Norway this past Monday, I was very eager to get to work on the 86-X. I wouldn’t recommend bringing 100 kgs of parts (including a 2JZ stroker crankshaft) as your checked baggage, but sometimes you got to do what you got to do.
Just as I got back to Norway, I jumped in my van and cruised away deep into the woods, headed for the Swedish border. Joe Harry Linnerud literally has one foot in Norway and one in Sweden as he walks across his front yard. He had been hard at work building the cage, the rear firewall, the radiator mounts and the front crash bar while I was away.
Some time back in April I had the chance to sample “the last of the trio” if you will, referring obviously to the Toyota 86, the Scion FR-S and the BRZ. Having spent quite a lot of time behind the wheel of Toyota versions of the car, including a fun afternoon in a TRD 86, I was really interested to find out what Subaru did to inject a bit of their own flair into this collaborative project. So after picking up the brand new metallic silver press car at Subaru HQ in Shinjuku…
…I jumped straight on the Shuto and headed north towards Tsukuba. My destination was going to be the challenging roads of Mt. Tsukuba, which on a weekday are eerily empty, offering the perfect venue to assess the little BRZ. Let’s talk about the drive up on the expressway first; you see, I have been seeing a lot of negative comments regarding the BRZ’s harshness and rather unrefined feel but I really have to disagree on this. Anyone jumping in a BRZ (or an 86/FRS) and expecting to be cosseted by a velvety ride and be able to listen to music in refined silence are really missing the point. Sure there is lots of tire-nose, the gear shift might make all sorts of clunky noises but come on, this is a drivers car and nobody is really going to care.
GAZOO GT-86 Wins Class Victory at 24hrs of Nurburgring
Toyota is celebrating a triple victory at the 40th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race, with wins for the new GT 86 sports car, known here as the Scion FR-S, in two classes the highlight of the automaker's campaign this year.
A GT 86 run by GAZOO Racing won the SP3 class and finished 46th overall, while Toyota Swiss Racing took its own GT 86 to victory in the near-production V3 class, with an overall finish of 78th position.
The victories mark the new sports car's first in international competition after production started in April this year.
Toyota says the wins bode well for future victories at the hands of private individuals and small teams, and the car is sure to become a familiar sight on circuits all around the world.
Another GAZOO GT 86 took third in class, four laps behind the class-winning sister car. Toyota Swiss Racing's second GT 86 retired on lap 11.
Saw my first Toyota GT86 on the UK roads here today. Smaller than I'd expected but it looked good. Bone stock it still looks pretty. Subtle drop, rims and a lip kit and it's golden.... Now, where do I sign up for a 2JZ swap lol.
Toyota are really ramping up the excitement over the GT 86, and reminding people of the long history of the name. This AE86 competed in the British Touring Car Championship in the mid-’80s, and was virtually unbeatable in its class. AE86s won the BTCC two years running in 1986 and 1987, whilst at the same time variants were also competing in national rallying.
Nürburgring specialists Gazoo Racing were given pride of place on the Toyota stand to show off their Sports FR Concept version of the 86.
The FR has been equipped with a twin-charger system combining a turbo and supercharger to boost performance and provide consistent power delivery. Gazoo have also tuned the suspension and brakes, and bolted on a wide body kit to help deal with the increased power.
In its pearlescent white, the FR looked even more aggressive than the 86 that Gazoo ran in this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours!
So, today after walking my dog around our apartment (South Carolina), I notice a Scion FR-S with a Lexus Emblem. I though it was funny. However i do not like the look at all, it look kinda weird... I saw a FR-S with a Toyota Emblem before, and it actually look good.. but for some reason seeing it with a Lexus logo just odd in a way.
^Scion FRice-S. I'm thinking of posting this on FT-86 Club. It should warm their hearts.