Chris Harris Test Drive Ferrari 458 Spider

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I don’t think, I haven’t express how much I envy Chris Harris enough. He drive all the cool cars! That’s not to love.

Enough with jealousy, Chris Harris test drive Ferrari 458 Spider and having WAY too much fun. Is that wrong? Nope nothing is wrong with that! It makes Ferrari 458 Spider more exciting car!

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Wilwood Brakes vs AP Racing Brakes

FT-86 SpeedFactory did very interesting thread between Wilwood brakes vs AP Racing brakes.

Reference: Who wants to see Wilwood Brakes vs. AP Racing Brakes ( Sprint Kit )

We did, because we are building our silver FRS for the 2013 One Lap of America (more on that another time) and needed to evaluate both options.

What we have here is the Wilwood 6 Piston Big Brake kit for the Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ vs. the AP Racing Sprint Big Brake kit for the Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ.

If you have done your research you know the weight of both kits so we will skip that. What hasn’t been shown before was them side by side and some of the differences. You clearly have a price difference. The Wilwoods are $1600 or so and the AP Racing Sprint kit is $2100ish. So, lets keep that in mind as we talk about the two.

The first thing I noticed was the size of the calipers. The AP and Wilwood are almost identical in length. It’s the width that sets them apart.

The AP ends up over a 1/2 thicker. That’s good news for the track guys!

The other thing is obviously the finish of the caliper. Wilwood uses a nice glossy red or black coating. AP’s are anodized and raw. Now the coughricercough in me loves the red of the Wilwood. The track guy in me loves the rawness of the AP even more. I also love how subtle it will be when installed. It’s hard to explain that feeling but I am sure those that understand follow me there.

Next up is the rotors. AP’s rotors are massive in width vs the Wilwood. Again another solid point for cooling on the AP side of things.

Check out the photos below. We put the AP vs. Wilwood vs. Stock vs. DBA T2 for width. You can see which ones make use of the center vanes. Also note how Wilwood has taken the time to “knife edge” their vanes vs. the other brands. I thought that was neat to see as well.

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AP vs. Wilwood vs. Stock vs. DBA T2

The next thing I noted was the diameter. Overall not as important but the Wilwood has the advantage in that department.

Next up we have the brake pads. The Wilwood kit comes with a street/track pad. The AP kit is all business with a track pad. We have the same amount of area being covered by the pad on both sides, but overall thickness is increased again on the AP side of things.

Wilwood on left, AP on right.

Last we have the brackets that make this all possible. The AP is hands down better. It’s smaller and lighter by far.

AP on the left, Wilwood on the right.

Hm… which one is better? I don’t know. I think, it vary for what you looking for your FR-S/BRZ.

For their info here you go:
Their Site: FT-86 Speed Factory

The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

Jalopnik did another survey, this time was the ten cutest car ever made. I cannot fully agree with some of them. Like Peel P50, that’s not cute… just dangerous (Top Gear).

Reference: Jalopnik


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

10.) Fiat Jolly

Everyone knows the super-cute original Fiat 500, but there was an even cuter version, the Jolly. Built for hot-weather beach bums, it’s like they made the seats out of picnic baskets. We want one full of puppies.

Suggested By: _Mécanicien, Photo Credit: Tiago Pereira


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

9.) Austin-Healey Sprite

The ‘Frogeye’ Sprite has one of the happiest faces in all of motordom, but what hard to see in pictures is just how tiny these things are. You can pretty much stuff them in your pocket.

Suggested By: Ultrasuedecushion, Photo Credit: Austin-Healey/Alden Jewell


8.) Peel P50

Smaller still is the world’s littlest car, the Peel P50. You can drive these things right into office buildings they’re so small. And look at its little front wheels, poking out like an angry Dachshund!

Suggested By: formulka, Photo Credit: Top Gear


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

7.) Autobianchi Bianchina/Nissan Figaro

The Autobianchi Bianchina took the underpinnings of the Fiat 500 and made them even cuter. It hurts to look at for too long because my brain starts to melt. A dead-ringer for the ‘60s Bianchina was the very retro Nissan Figaro of the ‘90s, which also makes my heart weep with joy.

Suggested By: Patrick Frawley and Jason Macierowski, Photo Credit: The Pink Panther/Nissan


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

6.) Geely Panda

The award for cutest car in production today goes to the Geely Panda because holy crap it looks like a panda and I want to feed it bamboo and read it bedtime stories.

Suggested By: Wrong wheel drive and Superkiwizorro, Photo Credit: Geely


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

5.) Nissan S-Cargo

Another one of Nissan’s retro follies was the S-Cargo van. It’s got the same little face as the other cars on this list, but a bulky body for moving stuff. That makes the S-Cargo look something like a super chubby baby seal, all smiley face and pudgy butt. Practicality is the new cute.

Suggested By: SennaMP4, Photo Credit: Nissan/Alden Jewell


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

4.) P. Vallee Chantecler

It’s hard to get cuter than the “bubble cars” made after WWII. The Paul Vallee Chantecler has all of five horsepower and is as close as you can get to driving around in an egg.

Suggested By: Jonee, Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

3.) Meadows Frisky Friskysport

This little British (and sometimes Egyptian) charmer clearly wins the award for the cutest name in the car world. Friskysport!

Suggested By: Sir Ramblin Rover, Photo Credit: Georg Schwalbach


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

2.) Mazda Porter Cab

Japan’s little Kei-cars are cute, but even cuter are their kei vans and pickups! You could probably fit a whole potted plant in the back of this ‘60s Mazda, which would probably struggle up hills like the little engine that could.

Suggested By: Maxximtl, Photo Credit: Ypy31/Wikipedia


The Ten Cutest Cars Ever Made

1.) A Dune Buggy

The Meyers Manx is about as adorable as a car can be. It’s got a happy face, it’s shaped like a baby pug, and it jumps like a puppy. You can’t beat a car built for running around in the dirt and jumping stuff.

Suggested By: p.d.morgan33 and Brian, The Life of, Photo Credit: Hot Rod

Do you agree with this list?

Shootout 2013: Subaru BRZ vs Opel Astra OPC

It’s interesting comparison between RWD & FWD track & street. I, myself didn’t have much knowledge in Opel Astra OPC (Due to US don’t sell Opel cars) had to wiki and do few research. Opel Astra OPC is fast little bugger! 2L turbo pushing 276hp w 300tq! 76hp & 149tq more than BRZ, it is 5 sec faster than BRZ.

After watching this, one thing comes to mind. Ford Focus ST vs Opel Astra OPC, which is fast & fun?

Subaru BRZ RA Racing Edition

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Looks like Subaru is following TRD by bring out the Racing Edition. Here are mod options.

Bodywork equipment

  • 6 point roll cage (with sidebar)
  • 4 point seat belt anchor bolt and mounting (official FIA)
  • air-cooled engine oil cooler
  • brake ducts
  • brake dust covers
  • Engine under cover (Aluminum)
  • racing floor mat (1 only)
  • Front and rear tow hooks

& some photos

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Oil cooler is always nice to have. FR-S/BRZ/86 love to heat up when you track.

For more info: Subaru BRZ Racing

McLaren P1

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McLaren shown little teaser of P1 testing out on the track.

I have a mix feeling about P1. I’m not 100% into that exterior. It’s… unique… but weird at the same time. It’s odd-cool? What do you guys think? Yay, nay, IDK?