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New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86
Jul 31, 2014 - 3:13 PM - by Scion Forums
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We have entered a drifting arms race. Last year, BMW ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/[/url]) smashed the Guinness World Record for the longest drift by hanging the tail out for 51.3 miles around a wet skid pad ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2013/05/15/bmw-sets-guinness-record-for-longest-drift-with-new-m5-w-video/[/url]) in an M5 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/m5/[/url]) at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina. That beat the previous milestone of nearly seven miles. Now, Bimmer's record is up in smoke as well and is in the possession of a Toyota ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/[/url]).

German driver Harald Müller pummeled the old record to drift for 89.55 miles around a 0.15-mile (235.5-meter) course in Samsun, Turkey, in a Toyota GT86 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/toyota+gt86/[/url]) (or Scion FR-S ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/fr-s/[/url]) as it's known in the US). According to the Guinness World Records website, it took him 612 laps and 2 hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds ([url]http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/6000/longest-vehicle-drift[/url]) to manage the achievement. Sit back to watch a few minutes of the German's two and a half hours behind the wheel with the tail out.Continue reading New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/07/30/drifting-world-record-toyota-gt86-video/[/url])

New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/07/30/drifting-world-record-toyota-gt86-video/[/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url]http://www.autoblog.com[/url]) on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url]http://scionforum.org/rss-term-of-use/[/url]).



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Scion xB to be replaced by Auris hatchbach, iQ dead after 2014
Jul 29, 2014 - 12:30 AM - by Scion Forums
Filed under: Budget ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/category/economy/[/url]), Hatchback ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/category/hatchbacks/[/url]), Scion ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/[/url]), Toyota ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/[/url])

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Scion ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/[/url]) seemed like such a good idea when it was first launched. Toyota's aim was to provide young people with stylish, affordable cars that would serve as a gateway to the automaker's family of products. It was also supposed to be something of an incubator for new ideas that were too radical for its more conservative Toyota ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/[/url]) and Lexus ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/lexus/[/url]) brands. Over a decade since its launch, the brand has languished, and today's showroom is populated by slow-selling and aging vehicles that have often been slow to receive upgrades. However, there may be a bright spot on the imminent horizon, as there are reportedly a slate of new models on the way over the next three years.

According to a model timeline published by Automotive News, the Scion lineup is about to get a major overhaul ([url]http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM04/307289977/scions-entry-level-reload-means-big-changes[/url]). First, the boxy xB ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/xb/[/url]) may finally be going to the big refrigerator box in the sky, to be replaced by a version of the more conventionally styled Auris ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/toyota+auris/[/url]) hatchback (pictured above) from overseas markets in early 2015. Later next year, the xD ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/xd/[/url]) will also allegedly bow out in favor of a new hatchback based on the Mazda2 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/mazda/mazda2/[/url]) (thanks to a recently signed platform-sharing deal ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/08/toyota-will-use-mazda-skyactiv-engines/[/url])). For 2016, the sporty tC ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/tc/[/url]) hatchback is also said to get a redesign, and interestingly enough, a Corolla ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/corolla/)-based[/url] compact crossover could join the ranks, too.

While those changes should boost sales volume, there's also news that's sure to make enthusiasts happy. Automotive News cites company executives who confirm a second-generation FR-S ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/fr-s/[/url]) is on the way in early 2017. A Subaru ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/[/url]) exec also recently gave a similar confirmation ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/07/08/subaru-brz-second-generation-confirmed/[/url]) that it was working on another BRZ ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/brz/[/url]).

Finally, as first rumored last year ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/27/aston-ceo-claims-cygnet-cancelled-because-toyota-is-dropping-iq/[/url]), the little iQ ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/iq/[/url]) will likely sing its swan song at the end of 2014. The news hardly comes as a surprise. Through June, Scion has sold just just 1,227 of its Smart ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/smart/)-sized[/url] commuter nationwide, down 47 percent from last year.Scion xB to be replaced by Auris hatchbach, iQ dead after 2014 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/07/28/scion-xb-iq-auris-toyota/[/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url]http://www.autoblog.com[/url]) on Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url]http://scionforum.org/rss-term-of-use/[/url]).



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Lightweight Toyota GT86 spotted on Nordschleife with carbon panels, upgraded aero
Jun 25, 2014 - 7:35 PM - by Scion Forums
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We've seen (and frankly reported on) so many rumors of more powerful and performance-focused versions of the Subaru BRZ ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/brz/[/url]), Toyota GT86 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/toyota+gt86/[/url]) and Scion FR-S ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/fr-s/[/url]) at this point that haven't materialized that, at this point, we're almost tired of them. Almost. But what we have here was enough to pique our jaded interests as only a carbon-bodied sports car on the Nürburgring ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/nurburgring/[/url]) could do.

What we're looking at is, well, we don't quite know, to tell you the truth. What we can tell is that it's a Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S for us) wearing new wheels and a carbon-fiber hood, roof, racing-spec rear wing and subtle lip spoiler. The vents in the hood indicate that the prototype in question could be packing an upgraded engine to go with the lighter body panels and upgraded aero, and the interior (at least as far as we can see) looks pretty well stripped out.

The right-hand drive configuration tells us this is either destined for former territories of the British Empire or for the racetrack. Considering the ride height, full glass and apparent lack of roll cage, our money's on this prototype is being developed for the Japanese Domestic Market, where Toyota ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/[/url]) badges the sports car simply as the 86. We can always hope, though, that some version makes it into Scion ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/[/url]) showrooms in North America... we just won't get our hopes up too high.Lightweight Toyota GT86 spotted on Nordschleife with carbon panels, upgraded aero ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/24/lightweight-toyota-gt86-scion-frs-spy-shots/[/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url]http://www.autoblog.com[/url]) on Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url]http://scionforum.org/rss-term-of-use/[/url]).



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Cosworth announces Power Packages for Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S with up to 380 hp [w/vid
Jun 01, 2014 - 3:27 AM - by Scion Forums
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Cosworth ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/cosworth/[/url]) stands on the list of the most famous engine tuners in the world with its DFV engine engine dominating Formula One for a time in the '70s. So when it teases plans ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/19/cosworth-fa-20-subaru-brz-scion-frs-video/[/url]) to take on the FA20 engine from Subaru ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/[/url]) and Toyota ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/[/url]) found in the BRZ ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/brz/[/url]), Scion FR-S ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/fr-s/[/url]) and Toyota GT86 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/toyota+gt86/[/url]) abroad, our interest is indeed piqued. Cosworth is promising to take the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine from its current 200 horsepower all the way to 325 hp and even 380 hp in a future track version through a series of staged Power Packages. At the moment, only the first stage is available that takes the mill to a potent 230 hp.

Cosworth says that its new strategy is to offer its upgrades in kits rather than individually so that it can be sure that everything works and fits when owners receive it. The Stage 1 Power Package emphasizes helping the FA20 breathe better and includes a nearly complete replacement for the stock exhaust system. There is a sports exhaust with four-inch, diagonally cut, polished tips and Y-shaped muffler, an overpipe front pipe with a spherical resonator and a new manifold header that is 22 percent lighter the standard unit. In addition to that, the kit comes with a software reflash, low temperature thermostat, Cosworth badge and plaque.

The stage one kit is available now, and stages two and three go on sale later this summer, according to its website ([url]http://www.cosworth.com/products/power-packages/fa20-platform/[/url]). Autoblog contacted Cosworth for pricing information for the kits. We will update this story, if we hear back. The company also released a video showing off the exhaust upgrades. Scroll down ([url]http://scionforum.org/2014/05/31/cosworth-power-packages-subaru-brz-scion-fr-s-video/#continued[/url]) to watch it and read the full release, below.Continue reading Cosworth announces Power Packages for Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S with up to 380 hp [w/video] ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/31/cosworth-power-packages-subaru-brz-scion-fr-s-video/[/url])

Cosworth announces Power Packages for Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S with up to 380 hp [w/video] ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/31/cosworth-power-packages-subaru-brz-scion-fr-s-video/[/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url]http://www.autoblog.com[/url]) on Sat, 31 May 2014 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url]http://scionforum.org/rss-term-of-use/[/url]).



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Cosworth teases upgrades for Subaru BRZ
May 19, 2014 - 9:59 PM - by Scion Forums
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Subaru ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/[/url]) may or may not produce an STI ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/sti/[/url]) version of the BRZ ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/brz/[/url]). Things seem to go back and forth on the subject. But Subaru Tecnica International isn't the only company with a history of tuning Subies. So does Cosworth ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/cosworth/[/url]), and now the British racing firm appears to be turning its attention to the BRZ and its Toyota- and Scion-badged siblings.

For those unacquainted, Cosworth is more than your average tuning company. It's a racing firm first and foremost, having made F1 engines under its own name as well as Ford's (chief among them the all-conquering DFV 3.0-liter V8 of 1960s and 70s fame), not to mention engines for Indy, rally and even high-performance, road-going versions of the Ford Sierra ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2006/04/07/ebay-find-of-the-day-1989-ford-sierra-cosworth/[/url]), Chevy Vega ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2012/08/29/ebay-find-of-the-day-1975-chevy-cosworth-vega-with-just-291-mil/[/url]) and Mercedes 190E ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/01/xcar-senna-mercedes-cosworth-video/[/url]). The list goes on and on, but you get the point.

Now withdrawing from Formula One ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/f1/[/url]), Cosworth is focusing its attention on tuning road cars again with the launch of the Cosworth Power Package line, the first of which will focus on the Toyota GT86 (aka Scion FR-S ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/scion/fr-s/[/url])) and Subaru BRZ. We don't know just yet what will be included in the packaged dubbed FA-20, but from the video teaser below, it seems there'll be upgrades to the exhaust, suspension, aero and - if we're lucky - maybe a super- or turbocharger for the 2.0-liter flat-four engine. We'll have to wait and see, but we get the feeling that with Cosworth on the job, it'll be worth the wait. Check out the minute-long video below ([url]http://scionforum.org/2014/05/19/cosworth-fa-20-subaru-brz-scion-frs-video/#continued[/url]) in the meantime.Continue reading Cosworth teases upgrades for Subaru BRZ ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/19/cosworth-fa-20-subaru-brz-scion-frs-video/[/url])

Cosworth teases upgrades for Subaru BRZ ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/19/cosworth-fa-20-subaru-brz-scion-frs-video/[/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url]http://www.autoblog.com[/url]) on Mon, 19 May 2014 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url]http://scionforum.org/rss-term-of-use/[/url]).



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