Lexus ISF autocross racing

Lexus ISF autocross racing on new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Tires are a key component when it comes to traction and grip in any kind of racing. I was able to test out my new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in my second Lexus ISF autocross race. The new tires really transformed how the ISF felt. With the old tires, the car was really loose and it was difficult to keep the 400 horsepower in check when accelerating out of corners. In addition, the lack of grip made the car very unstable and a bit scary to drive! The new Michelin PSS tires made the Lexus IS-F much more predictable and provided a lot more grip. As a result, the ISF was a whole lot more fun to drive.

FRS mods for STX autocross

Lots of FRS mods in the house!

It’s the winter season here in Colorado, so what better thing to do than start buying some FRS mods when you cannot drive 🙂 In this video I go over various parts I have accumulated recently. Some of the engine bolt-ons include my RevWorks UEL header, Perrin cold air intake, Perrin intake tube, Perrin lightweight pulley, and Berk cat pipe. In addition, I also picked up an  OpenFlash tablet, some Hawk brake pads, Whiteline bushing inserts, and more! I will be installing certain parts here in the near future. It should not be too long before the FRS is race ready and I can get it out to drive.

Enkei RPF1 wheels for my FRS

Enkei RPF1 wheels for my Scion FRS.

The Enkei RPF1 wheel is a pretty common performance wheel for many cars. Its popularity has grown because of its extremely lightweight at a reasonable cost. They also looks great and there are many cool colors to choose from. I picked up a set of RPF1 wheels myself just this past week. I chose the somewhat rare gunmetal color for my RPF1’s. Because the RPF1 is very lightweight, I should be able to run much larger tires while not being heavier than the stock setup. Since the FRS is a relatively low power car, maintaining low weight on the rotating parts is critical.

FRS detailing and paint coating

FRS detailing and paint coating session.

Whenever I buy a used car, or even a new car, I always want to make sure it is looking top notch. Most cars have scratch and swirl marks all over the paint. This is usually from improper care of the car paint and/or improper washing techniques. However, there are very few clear-coat paints that are immune to this and paint polishing is the remedy. Since I used to do professional detailing, I have all of the necessary tools and products to get the job done. I started the FRS detailing session by polishing the entire car with my Rupes Bigfoot random orbital polisher. The polish I used was Sonax Profiline perfect finish. In addition, once the car was all polished up, I coated the paint with 22ple Signature Glass Coating. The results are amazing and the Hot Lava orange color really stands out now!

Stock FRS co-drive

Racing a stock FRS in the C-Street autocross class.

In my quest to figure out what autocross class to run my new 2013 Scion FRS in, I hit up a friend of mine who has a well setup C-Street prepped FRS of his own for a co-drive. While the car is mostly a stock FRS, it does have a Tanabe exhaust and Koni shocks. In addition to that, the car also TRD springs and a front sway-bar. Check out how things went as I jump back into a CS classed car. The last time I have driven a car with this level of preparation was my Mazda Miata’s and the RX-8!

2013 Scion FRS – My new car!

A slightly used 2013 Scion FRS is in my garage!

I have been wanting to buy one of these cars (either an FRS or BRZ) for a couple of years now. I finally gave in and bought a 2013 Scion FRS in the Hot Lava color! The car is a couple of years old but in fantastic condition. With just under 11k miles on it, it will make a great autocross race car project. The FRS is a 6 speed manual and sports the 200 horsepower boxer engine. Being that the car is extremely lightweight and agile, it should be a blast to drive.

Scary e36 autocross!

A scary e36 autocross event ends up incident free.

Front Range airport is the site for this autocross event. This would turn out to be one of the last STX autocross events in my 1994 325is. I had a great day from a competition point of view and also a lot of fun as well! Some drama ensued as it turned into a slightly scary e36 autocross event. With cars sent close together and on a tight course, keeping things on schedule is tricky. As a result, we have a few instances of corner workers being in potentially dangerous situations. Thankfully, there were no incidents and everything went well. In addition, some valuable lessons were learned in how to better run a course when we encounter such conditions (a tight course and tight schedule).

2015 Solo Nationals

Racing my e36 BMW at the 2015 Solo Nationals.

Finally, I have my video released from the 2015 SCCA Solo National Championship! We had a great time at the 2015 Solo Nationals and also met some great people as well. The event was an overall success. Although I ended up placing mid-pack, it was still a ton of fun driving the big nationals courses. The e36 BMW is just not up to snuff to be competitive at a national level with all the great drivers. Comprising the large majority of the STX grid is the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FRS. These cars prove to be the most dominant in the class and are hard to beat!

aFe filter install – Lexus ISF

Performing an aFe filter install on my 2011 Lexus IS-F.

I recently picked up a new aFe air filter for my 2011 Lexus IS-F. The air filter will improve air flow for the heavy breathing 5.0 liter V8 engine while also adding a bit of muscle to the sound. The aFe filter install process is pretty simple and also requires just basic tools. However, there are a few steps where you need to be careful. In addition, there are a couple of tricks you can use to make the process more simple. The aFe air filter is a “dry” filter, which means it never has to be oiled. To clean the aFe filter, you simply need to blow it off with some compressed air or alternatively, knock the dirt and debris out of it. That’s it!

e36 radiator repair

My e36 radiator repair work has been completed!

After replacing all of the common cooling system parts, my e36 BMW is finally back on the road. As part of this e36 radiator repair work, I needed to replace the radiator and upper/lower radiator hoses.  I also replaced the sensors and expansion tank for good measure, even though the existing ones were OK. The maintenance was pretty simple, except for draining of the coolant (which always gets messy). Everything is  now running great and the result was good at the last SCCA autocross event. The location for autocross event was Front Range airport, a common site for us. A fun course and great weather made for an awesome day of racing!