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TECH ARTICLES, VEHICLE FEATURES, EVENT COVERAGE & MORE

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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.

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Welcome to the fourth installment of our Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S platform review. So far, we’ve gone over the platform as a whole, and provided our initial impressions with our BRZ project car. Now, we start to pick the car apart in greater detail as we address the strengths and weaknesses of the various components that make this platform what it is. We’ll take our analysis to a greater level of detail with our upcoming documentary series revolving around our BRZ build, but we used the following generalized data points to help guide the direction of the Revvolution BRZ.

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The fourth article in the Building Blocks Series addresses automotive brake systems and their components on a basic level.

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In the quest for more horsepower, brakes are often the last items to be addressed - they’re dirty, hidden behind the wheels and don’t add any power; however, to safely increase a car’s performance, you must be able to harness all those extra ponies consistently and reliably.

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An introduction to our newest series, the Building Blocks Series - The Basics. A series of articles designed to provide a foundation of automotive knowledge.