And we’re back! Though Mother Nature didn’t cooperate for TX2K14, it didn’t dampen our spirits because we knew back home some good things were happening with Project BRZ. We’re back into the mix with our weekly documentary of the progress. To bring you up to speed, the engine is off to the machine shop where they can work their magic and we’re waiting on the remainder of the build’s components to arrive, including the widebody parts that we just finished up sourcing.
In this installment we crack open the box of our new Air Lift Performance Digital Combo Kit suspension and let you know what we found, compare and contrast to the stock suspension, and provide an initial assessment.
Every week this build gets more and more interesting as we dive deeper into the inner workings of the BRZ. For this installment, we peel back the layers of the engine to understand what we have to work with, and where it can be improved in relation to our initial build objectives. As with any good build, you define an objective based on what you have to work with. In order to properly understand what we had to work with first hand, it was necessary that we dive into the platform’s heart. This time, we turned to SCR Performance because of their intimate knowledge of Subaru drivetrains, as well as their reputation as top engine builders. We knew they would give an accurate assessment of what areas we’d need to address as the build progresses.
Last week, we introduced the Revvolution.com Project BRZ, and outlined the partners involved and our overall build objectives. As you will recall, the goal for the Revvolution Project BRZ is a progressive performance build that is oriented toward high-performance street driving and moderate track applications. This week we will dive into the project with hands-on feedback as we outline our first objective: strengthening the chassis.
We’ve mentioned it a few times before, but consider this your formal introduction to the 2014 Subaru Revvolution build! You may have noticed during our platform overview series that we mentioned getting our hands on a BRZ of our own to play with; and now we want to make sure we share our vision for the build, and introduce all of the partners involved in this massive undertaking.
Last week, we dove into the strengths and weaknesses of the performance components on the Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S platform. What we found out, in short, was that the platform is well balanced in its stock form, and designed and executed to work in mechanical harmony. Even with it as well balanced as it is, we're finding that the engineers have left much on the table–on purpose. Our goal here is to unwrap the platform to its most basic level, assessing and documenting what we find along the way. Then build upon the strengths of the platform so we can achieve our goals and deliver the information we uncover back to the enthusiasts. Until we start swapping out parts and cursing bruised knuckles, we're going to take a less technical look at the platform's electronics, aesthetics and trim.