Subaru BRZ First Look at Modifications and Track Racing

Recently came across a first hand customer review of the new BRZ done by someone who's actually using the car exactly the way it was intended to be used. Modified, right off the bat and put through its paces on a track! The story below is from the perspective of the owner, enjoy...

He also covers: How-To Change Suspension on Subaru BRZ

A forum member snagged this pic of my car sold in the dealership a week before I picked it up. I live in Baton Rouge, LA and the car is in Manchester, NH. It's going to be a long trip to get it home. Photo taken June 8thish.

Subarua BRZ Dealership
Brand Spankin' New
The first BRZ I ever saw in person was mine. I was astounded at how.. acceptable the interior was. Honestly, I expected it to be half-assed in person, but the real deal blew me away. Nothing insane, but no significant punches pulled. Que heart fluttering. The next few days will be visiting friends in the northeast. June 15th.
Subaru BRZ Interior Seats
First Encounter

It's been a long journey, but I'm finally at the top of the Tail of the Dragon. The car seems at home in this this environment. June 18th.
Subaru BRZ Racing Tail of the Dragon
Tail of the Dragon
I'm still enamored with this car. The long miles have been great. Every gas stop is a meet-and-greet with an enthusiast. I find myself refilling at half-tanks just to talk to more people.
Subaru BRZ Roadside

My friend has had a good time of it, but is happy to be alive at the top of the Dragon. Good to have a friend along for the drive, but I wish he could drive stick during some of the longer stretches.
Subaru BRZ Roadside

So many photographers along the Dragon. Gotta buy somebody's shots. Too good to pass up on.
Subaru BRZ Corner Road

More of that.
Subaru BRZ Road Rear

I've autocrossed and e36 M3 previously, but this was my first go at C-Stock in the BRZ. A little overprotective with the painter's tape.
Subaru BRZ Autocross Racing
First Autocross
You can tell it's a local event by the level of preparedness. Subsequent events don't involve this level of readiness. Sadly, no action shots. June 24th.
Subaru BRZ Grass Autocross

A good clean shot of the car washed and ready for a new set of shoes. July 5th.
Subaru BRZ Wheels
Wheel Change
Enkei RPF1 17x8 with Dunlop Star Spec 255/40/17. A little pinched, but I just had to try it.
Subaru BRZ Enkei RPF1 17x8 with Dunlop Star Spec 255/40/17


Back shot with a view of my other two white manual coupes. Still trying to muster the strength to sell them.
Subaru BRZ Enkei Rims


Side by side shot of stock vs the replacements.
Subaru BRZ Stock wheels vs Enkei Rims


Getting a much better view of the added rubber.
Subaru BRZ Stock wheels vs Enkei Rims


Wheels mounted. Stickier rubber makes the car really come alive, but oh boy what this could do with a proper suspension...
Subaru BRZ aftermarket Rims and tires

Decided to run stock wheels and tires to be on a level playing field with the FRS's in attendance. Got my ass handed to me by a young hotshot, but I learned a lot from the experience. July 9th.
Subaru BRZ Autocross Racing
2nd Autocross
KW Variant 3s seemed like the right package for what I wanted to do. August 2nd.
Subaru BRZ Suspension Shocks KW Variant 3s Coilovers

The canopy makes it socially acceptable to leave a car on jack stands.
Aftermarket Subaru BRZ Suspension

First time I've used my Calculus book since college.
Subaru BRZ Enkei Rims

How to Suspension Brakes Subaru BRZ

An old ex gave me this book when we were dating. I didn't get a lot out of reading it, but boy was it the right thickness to jack the car in the air.
Subaru BRZ jack lifting

Stock vs KW v3.
Stock Subaru BRZ Suspension vs KW v3

The coils with the offset hats they'll soon be mated to.
Stock Subaru BRZ Suspension vs KW v3

Gutted like a fish.

I get by with a little help from my friends. I now have the tools to do this by myself, but at the time we made up for proper toolage with the liberal application of hands and swearing.
Subaru BRZ install aftermarket Suspension

Mounted in place. Things are coming together.
Subaru BRZ Coil-overs  installed

Rain on my parade.
Subaru BRZ Rain

A brief pause in the rainfall lets me admire how classy the canopy makes the whole affair seem.
Subaru BRZ Tent

Fronts done! Back still needs addressing...
Subaru BRZ Front Suspension swapped

Exploded view of the stock struts.
Subaru BRZ Stock Suspension Exploded View
Subaru BRZ Stock Suspension Exploded View
Exploded view of the KW replacements.
Exploded view of the KW replacements.

Front down, ass up, that's the way I change a strut.
Subaru BRZ Rear Suspension Swap

All together now.
Subaru BRZ night

Low and slow.
Subaru BRZ Lowered Front

Minimum suggested ride height looks nice, but I'm wary of the performance. Probably needs to be a hair higher for racing.
Subaru BRZ Ride Height

Just another view.
Subaru BRZ Race

First race in STX with the new setup. Snagged 12th of 43 entries. October 14th.
Subaru BRZ STX race

Car was very neutral. Still working on dialing in the coils. This car will continue to be an adventure for events to come.
Subaru BRZ Race track Modified