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FR Shootout 2013: Full Story

Rear-wheel-drive tuners face off at Willow Springs Raceway

Text By , Photography by Henry Z. De Kuyper,

6th Overall
5th Forced Induction Class

CounterSpace Garage
2013 Subaru BRZ Limited

Best Lap: 1:26.033

Owner: Ted Park

Driver: Mike Kang

Output: 250 whp/200 lb-ft

Engine Modifications: Greddy T518Z turbo kit, 70mm Evo3 exhaust; EVS 70mm front pipe; DeatschWerks 700cc injectors, 65cc fuel pump; Robispec V2 oil cooler/radiator; Braille lightweight battery kit

Drivetrain/Transmission: ACT lightweight street clutch

Suspension: JRZ RS coilovers with Hypercoil 9k front/11k rear springs, Robispec control arms (front); Cusco rear pillow-ball lateral links, strut bar with brake cylinder brace, rear strut bar, sway bars 20mm front/16mm rear

Aero: APR front air dam, canards, side rocker extensions, rear bumper skirts

Brakes: AP Racing "Sprint" CP8350 calipers (front), J-hook brake rotors (front), Stoptech slotted rotors (rear), Ferrodo DSUNO brake pads (front), DS1.11 brake pads (rear); APR air ducts, brake backing plates; EVS custom duct hosing; Spiegler stainless steel brake lines (F/R)

Wheels: 18x9.5 +40 offset Gram Lights 57Extreme

Tires: 265/35-18 Continental ExtremeContact DW

Vehicle History: "I had followed the development of the FT86 platform for some time and when the opportunity to get one finally arose, I opted to go with the Subaru BRZ. This is my first RWD car, and I've been aiming to build it up as a track car from day one. The goal of my build was to set up a car that's balanced in multiple aspects (power, suspension, aero, etc.) with my eye on stable forced induction as an end goal. It's been an interesting year with the car as I've developed the build a little faster than I was initially expecting but so far I'm very happy with the car. Only a few mods remain on my list, and I'm looking forward to fine-tuning the car on track over the next year."

8th Overall
6th Forced Induction Class

GROUP-A Autosports/Kraftwerks BRZ
2013 Subaru BRZ

Best Lap: 1:28.030

Owner: Group-A Autosports

Driver: Nico Rondet

Output: 338 whp/240 lb-ft

Engine Modifications: Stock FA20 engine; Kraftwerks Supercharger System

Drivetrain/Transmission: Stock

Suspension: Skunk2 BRZ prototype coilovers; Hotchkis Sport Tuning sway bars

Aero: Seibon Carbon Components

Brakes: AP Racing

Wheels: 18x10 + 42 offset

Tires: 265/35-18 Continental ExtremeContact DW

Vehicle History: "At the heart of our company R&D BRZ resides a Kraftwerks supercharger systems powered by a Rotrex supercharger. The compact-sized, high-adiabatic efficiency, low vibration, and quiet operation of the Rotrex system transmits power through frictional forces between its rolling elements. The Kraftwerks supercharger system provides instant throttle response and a progressive power curve that increases all the way to redline without the typical 'spiking' or 'surging' associated with turbochargers."

9th Overall
7th Forced Induction Class

Robispec Racing
2013 Scion FR-S

Best Lap: 1:28.707

Owner: Robert Fuller

Driver: Jeff Westphal

Output: 280 hp/210 lb-ft

Engine Modifications: Stock 4U-GSE; Innovate supercharger; E85 fuel

Drivetrain/Transmission: Stock

Suspension: Robispec modified KW Clubsports

Aero: APR bumper, wing

Brakes: Brakeman

Wheels: 17x9 +35 Enkei RP01

Tires: 255/40-17 Continental ExtremeContact DW

Vehicle History: "The FR-S serves as a testbed for the company as we develop parts for both the FR-S and BRZ."

11th Overall
8th Forced Induction Class

Design Craft
1990 Nissan 240SX (S13)

Best Lap: 1:29.885

Owner: Robert Venable

Driver: Robert Venable

Output: 341 hp/286 lb-ft

Engine Modifications: S13 SR20 blacktop; Garret 2871R5-GTRS turbo; port and polished head; Toda valvesprings; Tomei 1.22mm head gasket, 270-degree Poncam; ARP head studs; Nismo rocker arm stopper; DME downpipe, ignition coil plate, engine torque damper, stainless cooling panel; URAS engine and transmission mounts; Circuit Sport S13 turbo lines; HKS Type-S intercooler kit, blow-off valve; Samco radiator hoses; Greddy oil pan, oil cooler kit, stainless manifold, stainless turbo extension, pulley kit; Koyo aluminum radiator; A'pexi Power FC, 95/115mm GTSpec exhaust system; Z32 MAF

Drivetrain/Transmission: Nismo LSD; OS Giken Hyper clutch

Suspension: DME subframe bushings, aluminum steering bushings; URAS front tie rods; Kazama HICAS stoppers; KW Variant 3 coilovers; Suspension Technique sway bars (front/rear); Greddy strut bars; Circuit Sport upper/lower control arms/ tension rods

Aero: Kouki Type X 180SX conversion

Brakes: Brembo 300zx (front/rear) conversion

Wheels: 18x9.5 22 offset Bobby Spec Wheels

Tires: 265/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: "The car was purchased in July of this year and intended to be a daily driver. Since ownership the car has transformed with the addition of the complete Kouki Type X body kit, upgraded brakes and suspension for better track performance. This car is a complete joy whether cruising on the highways or getting sideways at WSIR Balcony. With more experience and tuning I only see this car transforming with every event."

12th Overall
9th Forced Induction Class

Lucky7 Racing
1991 Mazda RX-7

Best Lap: 1:29.924

Owner: Robert Baltazar

Driver: Robert Baltazar

Output: 450 hp/ 380 lb-ft

Engine Modifications: 13bt, street port, studded, built by Lucky 7 Racing; custom V-mount built by Anthoney Chaglassian; Comp Turbo CT43 6765; custom short runner manifold built by Anthoney Chaglassian; Injector Dynamics 2,000cc (4X) injectors; custom Inconel lower intake manifold by Turblown; AEM water injection; Haltech P1000 tuned by Nelson Siverio; harness by Jordan Innovations

Drivetrain: Turbo 2 transmission; Speed Source differential; custom clutch by Clutchnet.com

Suspension: JIC Flta2 coilovers (custom valved); Awr Racing suspension components; Racing Beat front sway bar

Aero: Shineauto wide front fenders, carbon-fiber hood, diffuser; Ronin Speedworks wing mounts; custom front splitter; four-point rollbar done by Anthoney Chaglassian

Brakes: Ronin Speedworks custom big brake kit

Wheels: 17x9 +22offest (front), 17x9.5 +38 offset (rear) Enkei RPF1

Tires: 255/40-17 (front) 275/40-17 (rear) Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: "I purchased my car back in 2000 to resell it. After driving in it for a couple of months I fell in love with the RX-7, so I decided to keep it and modify it. For the last 13 years the RX-7 has gone from a street car to track monster and currently makes 450 rwhp at 20 psi running on E85."

15th Overall
10th Forced Induction Class

Just Drift X Megan Racing
1996 Nissan 240SX (S14)

Best Lap: 1:38.051

Owner: Just Drift LLC

Driver: Charlie Ongsingco

Output: 350 hp/310 lb-ft

Engine Modifications: SR20DET

Drivetrain/Transmission: Stock

Suspension: Megan Racing coilovers

Aero: AIT Racing

Brakes: Z32 front/rear Wilwood big-brake kit

Wheels: 18x10.5 +15 offset Volk Racing TE37

Tires: 235/40-18 (front) 255/35-18 (rear) Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: "This 240SX was built as Just Drift's LLC display and demo car. It's our view of what a Formula Drift Pro Am Grassroots car should be: streetable and yet can be used for drifting and track duties. This car is street-friendly, registered, insured, and can get down and dirty at the track anytime. We stayed true to the roots by sticking in the same powerplant as it came from factory in Japan. We dropped in an SR20DET and rebuilt it with stronger internals (pistons, valvetrains, cams, and more), a slightly bigger Garrett turbo, and AEM EMS. Design Craft Fabrications did most of the work on this car, and it's tested and proven to take punishment after multiple track events."

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49 comments
Vane Love
Vane Love

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Grant Fritz
Grant Fritz

Amie Magruder, this spoiler would look dope on your car!

Aidan Lacombe
Aidan Lacombe

I love willow springs. Esp streets of willow.

Malik Ali
Malik Ali

like the best page for cars and bikes --- > The Beast Lovers

Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia

Congrats Will I'm going to have my.bro get a copy and have you sign it for me. :-)

Andy Lu
Andy Lu

One lap to warm up the tires, and a hot lap is all it takes to win. lol Good job!

Linda Collins
Linda Collins

my car from the show burn notice is still cooler

Daniel Young
Daniel Young

Will Wattanawongkiri made import tuner. Heck yeah thats awesome. Keep on working hard Will.

Alex Saroeun
Alex Saroeun

WWR Will Wattanawongkiri Racing Will Wattanawongkiri

Vince Paquet
Vince Paquet

Hope there's a RB30DETT or a Chevy LSX 454R

Ovidiu Croitoru
Ovidiu Croitoru

omffggg c koi ses roues la Mark Jacob Karl Guillaume non c pas des te37..

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