Throughout the past few articles you’ve learned about the improvements we’ve made to the strength of the engine, and beefing up the fuel and cooling systems. This install we reveal why all of those modifications were necessary: forced induction.
One of the biggest let downs about the BRZ/FR-S was the lack of a turbocharged option. It seemed so simple, just pull the motor from the WRX and, voila, boost! Instead we were left with a car that, while well balanced, just wanted enthusiasts begging for more. Thankfully there is a healthy aftermarket that was practically frothing at the mouth at the opportunity to add forced induction.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, the combined effort of English Racing and Extreme Turbo Systems took their GT-R R35, using the Extreme Turbo Systems’ GT-R turbo kit, to a new level of performance at the Buschur Shootout at Summit Motorsports Park. The first of several seven-second runs came for driver Lucas English of English Racing. With 1,800 horsepower available, pulsating through all four tires, the ETS GT-R R35 rocketed down the strip, leaving a trail of rubber in its wake. The ETS GT-R R35 clocked its first run of 7.806 seconds at 182.45 mph—the quickest of the day. Not only was it a GT-R world record, which was previously held by ETS anyways, but also a personal best for English.
As you recently read, we’ve completed modifying the cylinder heads and valve train to make sure the FA20 has sufficient and efficient breathing ability. In this installment, we’re going to pull back the curtain on what was done to modify the cooling, lubrication and fuel/spark systems to withstand the power and reliability we expect to achieve with this build.
Welcome back; it’s been a while! We’ve been hard at work getting down to business with our Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, both part of the Pikes Peak Speed Week. While we were running around losing our minds, SCR Performance was hard at work making great progress with the BRZ build. Last time, we covered what it takes to build a bottom end stout enough to handle our power demands. This week we’re diving into the cylinder heads to see how SCR improved the breathing capacity of the FA20/4U-GSE.
Last week we gave you a behind the scenes look at the magic SLVA was conjuring up with the creation of the wide-body for our BRZ. In this installment, we change our focus to the drivetrain build as we’ve had lots of inquiries into what will motivate this beast.