Category Archives: Automotive

WRX Trunk Light Upgrade

 

Did this mod on my newly purchased 2003 WRX, it may work on others.

The lights that i used were Attwood Two Pack LED Mini Courtesy, which are working great!!!  I even plan on putting in some puddle lights and other lights around the car at some point since these are super bright.  If you want to pickup a set you can find them here

 

I didn't even have to drill holes for it, just popped 2 of them right in.

before: (this picture is actually brighter than it really is.

 

After:

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2013 Subaru BRZ 5 Minute Test Ride

My 5 Minute Ride Along in the 2013 Subaru BRZ

Full Photo Gallery Here

I got a call from my local subaru dealer (Fairway Subaru, Greenville SC) from my lovely sales lady Jan Doss that the Subaru BRZ was at the dealer and if I wanted to come up and take a look at it and see what it was all about to get on out there because this is a "Demo/PR" car that the regional sales rep has been bringing around to various dealers.  If you want to know when it maybe in your area please contact your dealer.

Interior:

My initial thoughts seeing the car was it looks really nice, Subaru didn't skimp on the outside except for the vents in the fenders could be more real but not a huge deal.  When i got in the car i was amazed on just how well the seats fit.  I would actually love to own these seats for my current car(s) lol they kept you planted in the seats during hard cornering and were actually quite comfortable even for me being 6' 3.  I like the fact that the interior was all covered in leather with most of it in red stitching, the console reminds me of carbon fiber but it's just plastic but still you feel like you are sitting in a car that is well made.  The one thing that annoys me the most about newer cars is the plastic feeling for the money you pay, at least this car won't have that issue.

 

 

 

Radio & HVAC controls – I'm not a huge fan of the navagation option but I do however like the idea that you can remove the radio unlike they did to the 05-09 subaru legacy gt owners.  What i thought was actually cool was the heater controls and switches in the center console.  It reminds me of a cockpit control panel which I have seen in some of the newer chevy cars.  The interior doesn't look cheap although there is always room for improvement.  I would love to see the black trim offered in carbon fiber.  This car is also has the engine start button and i didn't hear him start the car he just reached down and pushed the button and we were off.

Exterior:

I absolutly love the looks of the outside of the car minus the fake side vents, if I were to get one I would want the HID lights, and some other options that the toyota FRS will not have.  Here is a quick few pictures of the outside:

Engine & Transmission:

The subaru brz has been equipped with the Subaru Boxer D-45 motor which puts out 200 horsepower from a 2.0 liter motor but does not come with a turbo charger option (for now) but during the ride along I never saw a need for a turbo charger of course it would be nice but this 2500 lb car had no problems during acceleration or passing.  It even stuck to the road in the corners & accelerating at the same time with no problem.  Something that I think would be a must is to have the 6-speed manual transmission, that is what this model had and maybe i'll write another review once i see one with a automatic.

One of the interesting things I noticed about the engine was due to it sitting so low in the engine bay they had to relocate the engine oil filter to the top of the motor, i personally wish subaru had done this long before now but we will tell in the long run how well this does.

Handling:  I thought the car did amazing though the curves and even when we punched it the car never broke loose or even hinted at tire squeal and trust me we pushed it.  The suspension did quite well but I would like to see some spt upgrades for this down the road.  Maybe next time we can get a look at it we'll try to put it on a lift and get some good pictures of the under body to show the suspension.

 

Bottom Line: Yes I would love to have one of these but the price point at the moment doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy considering you can get a WRX for about the same price that has a turbo charger.  I think something Subaru should consider for this model is to come out wtih a track ready version that includes Brembo brakes, and maybe some suspension tweaks because after all most of the people purchasing these will most likely be taking them to some form of track day.

Car Specs:

 

2013 Subaru BRZ prototype
BASE PRICE $25,000 (est)
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass,2-door coupe
ENGINE 2.0L/200-hp (est)/170-lb-ft (est) DOHC 16-valve flat-4
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual,6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT 2500 lb (mfr est)
WHEELBASE 93.5 in (est)
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 148.8 x 70.0 x 46.8 (est)
0-60 MPH 6.0 sec (MT est)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON 25-27/30-32 mpg (est)
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 125-135/105-112 kW-hrs/100 mi (est)
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.67-0.72 lb/mi (est)
ON SALE IN U.S. Spring 2012

 

Oh yea if I were to ever own one of these this is the color it would have to be:

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New Subaru Project

Managed to pickup a 1993 Subaru Impreza L (FWD) sedan to convert for some track use and general fun :)  I did a rough comparison to the new Subaru BRZ which subaru is releasing sometime soon.  The BRZ has me hands down in the looks department, handling, etc for now but the Impreza isn't going to stay the way it is.  There are big plans for her! so check back and watch the progress!!!

Car Specs: 
Engine:  1.8L Flat 4
Horsepower: 110 hp @ 5600
Torque: 110 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm
Weight: 2350 LBS
Driveline: Front Wheel Drive (converting to All Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive)

Now compare this car to the Subaru BRZ:
Car Specs:
Engine: 2.0L Flat 4
Horsepower: 200 hp / 200 ft-lbs Torque
Weights: 2500 LBS (estimated)
Driveline: Rear Wheel Drive

My 1993 Subaru Impreza L:

Subaru BRZ:

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Subaru BRZ Info

First going to start off with the cars spec list: 

 

Engine: 2.0L Boxer-Four
Power: 200 HP / 150 LB-FT
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 2,676 LBS
Seating: 2+2
Cargo: 6.9 CU-FT
MPG: 30 HWY (est.)

The car is has some nice body lines but my wife thinks its a mix of a nissan, toyota, mazda, and ford all put into one car.  Subaru based this car off of the Porsche Cayman, (Really?).  This is the first rear wheel drive car that subaru plans to come out with, so no longer will they be know for all wheel drive.  

This new subaru is said that the target weight of the car is only 2700 pounds and according to the numbers that a 100 lbs less than a Civic SI and 600 lbs less than a new Mustang.  Even the Hyundai Genesis doesn't compete with this car due to the BRZ having a extra 10 hp and 73ft lbs torque and not to mention its 600 lbs lighter.

Subaru has created a all new design for the engine calling it the FA, basically a perfectly square stroke of 86×86 and they added  the variable-valve control system (Subaru Calls it AVCS, for active valve control system).  The car still requires premium gas which i don't think is a good idea with the cost of gas prices going up there now a days.

The BRZ overall height is 50.6 inches with a ground clearance of 4.9 inches, it is 157 inches and its wheelbase is 101.2 inches.  The width of the BRZ is 69.9 inches with a track of 59.8 inches in front and 60.6 inches in the rear.  The balance is estimated to be 53 % in front and 47 % in the rear.  Subaru doesn't have the official numbers on gas mileage yet but it predicts 30mpg on the hwy.

First thing to do if you purchase one of these cars would be to dump the skinny 215/45/R17 tires but no details on what will fit the car yet to get a little wider track.  Aside from some appearance options you can purchase there aren't much in the performance department strait from the dealer.

I can talk more and more about this car but as more details come out everyday it seems now please check back for more info.  Now lets see some pictures of the car curisody of autoblog

Update: 1/1/2012

Subaru Official Site for the BRZ: http://www.subaru.com/brz/2013/index.html
T
op Gear takes the BRZ out for a drive: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/subaru-brz-first-drive-review-2011-12-03

"Although not yet confirmed, it is being rumored that the Subaru BRZ will go on sale at a starting price of $24,000 for the BRZ Premium and $27,000 for the BRZ Limited. The base Premium model will come with aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an 8-speaker system and Navigation as standard. The Limited version will come with the usual Subaru leather and alcantara seats, foglights in the bumper, and a boot spoiler not seen on the model in Tokyo" – MotorTrend




Videos of the Subaru BRZ:

Subaru BRZ

 

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1st attempt at a rolling shot

 

I was stationary and thought i'd try to capture a few shots of a subaru that drove by, Not too bad for my first attempt but I know i can do better.  I am using a Canon 60D with the kit lens.  (No $$ to get the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8).  I set my dial to TV (shutter priority) and turned the dial down to about 60 as my base.  I then tweaked it slower and faster to try a few captures.  I do not have any other camera gear except my Manfrotto tripod of which i didn't use.  No camera rigs

Here is the original shot:

Click here to see the edited shot: (Notice i left off the wing on the back, oops)

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Subaru Legacy GT Cubby Pod

I have been wanting a cubby pod for my legacy gt for a while now so I can easily hid the gauges and ipod connector since people have broken into my car before.  So here it goes.

Materials:

1. 1x Small sheet of plastic from home depot. & poster board
2. Dremel tool
3. Some Paint, Glue to bond the 2 pieces together.

First I started out with some white poster board and made the template, after I did this I transferred it over to the plastic and then cut it out and glued it together.  Sorry no more diy than that because I was rushed to get ready for race day but I will do a proper diy.

 

Final product:

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CUICAR Showcase October 2011

 

This is the 4th event that they have had at the Clemson CUICAR campus and it was a chilly morning but the sun came out and it was beautiful.  There were a good number of cars from various generations of automotive history.  Very beautiful cars if you ask me, I took some pictures but for anyone that I didn't get their picture sorry, not feeling up to par and needed to go and get some food but next time I shall get pics!  Some of my favorites was the Ariel atom, and seeing the mustang and camaro with the old school 8 track tape decks.  It was cool to see willy nelson and the beach boys in the old 8-tracks.  Every car was simply awesome to look at and I wanted to thank everyone for showing up and maybe next time we can have it even bigger

Here are a few:  full album here

 

 

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Motosports on Main

 

Last weekend we attended the Motorsports on Main, this is it's second year doing this event and they bring out all the lemons cars before going down to Road Atlanta for the big race.  After seeing the cars from last year (pictures here), i believe that there were more cars last year but it appeared bigger this year and we loved it.  I can't wait to go down to Road Atlanta to watch the race one year but for now here are some pictures from the event. (Full Album Here)  Thank you Michelin for putting on this event and bringing another awesome thing for us to do downtown!!  It is what keeps greenville, sc a truly wonderful town to live in.

 

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Subaru Showdown @ Carolina Motorsports Park

 

We got a late start to the day so I ended up missing the first half of the morning racers and it is a 2 day event but I choose to only go out on Saturday due to the cost of hotels and other expenses I didn't want to incur lol.  I signed up for my track day in September and need to save every $$ possible because I still need a good bit of stuff to prep the car.  Anywho thats enough about me, here are some of the event pictures and you can visit the rest here

Here are some highlights:



 

 

 

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