Tuned heads to Chuckwalla Raceway to test out VCMC's turbo FR-S, built for Canada's Tuner Challenge. It's a fully built track car, and as an added challenge, Matt gets to share the track with the practice session for the 24 Hours of Lemons.
The 600 HP APR Stage 3 Audi TTRS - TUNED
Alabama is the last place you'd expect to find one of the world's largest tuner companies for German cars, but here, at this facility, APR provides hardware and software to thousands of Audi and VW customers every month. Matt helps them with some development testing by providing opinions on their new Stage 3 package for the Audi TTRS, producing 560 horsepower at the wheels in a car based on the VW Golf!
The 700 HP RennTech CLS63 AMG - TUNED
Hartmut Feyhl left AMG after 15 years to start his own tuning company, RennTech, which is now one of the most respected AMG tuners in the world. His products range from simple software upgrades to full racing builds based on AMG street cars. We take his new, 700 horsepower CLS63 for a spin and establish a new benchmark for luxury sedans: must be able to do burnouts while moving at highway speeds.
Carbon Fiber Construction - Inside Koenigsegg
Episode 1 of 9, Carbon Fiber Construction
Inside Koenigsegg provides for the first time, a look behind the scenes at Koenigsegg and examine how innovation within the highest echelon of sports car manufacturers will affect the broader automotive world. Company founder and principal, Christian Von Koenigsegg, hosts this nine-part series, which was produced at Koenigsegg headquarters in Angelholm, Sweden.
In the first episode, Christian Von Koenigsegg reveals the secrets behind building automotive components from carbon fiber, the strong, lightweight material that's crucial to modern high-performance cars.
Should I Buy A Subaru BRZ or a BMW E46? - ROAD TESTAMENT
This week, we introduce a new segment: #BRZorThat, in which we discuss used-car alternatives -- submitted by you -- to the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, the second coming of the inexpensive, light-weight, rear-drive sports car. Try one of these, or buy the BRZ. Your choice.
Scion FR-S Chasing Porsche 997 GT3 @ Circuit Of The Americas (Track)
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In car video chasing a Porsche GT3 @ Circuit of the americas COTA in the FR-S. Best lap from Feb 01-03 was a 2:40.8 and top speed in the back straight was 117 MPH, as the day warmed up so did my front tires and i started getting a bit of understeer and my time would go up. The FR-S is a well balanced car but lacks power in a track like COTA. Im sure the GT3 driver was either on street tires or not pushing the car all the way but man i had fun chasing him down. Just for reference a well setup gt3 should clock a 2:22.0 - 2:32.0 depending on driver, brakes, suspension, and tires.
Specs on the Frs:
-AP Lightweight Pulley
-TRD Drop In Air Filter
-Dynotronics 93 Oct Tune
-Motiv Concepts High Flow test pipe
-Braille 9 pound Lightweight Battery
Suspension & Drivetrain:
-KW V3 Coilovers
-Cusco Front & Rear Strut Bars
-Cusco Rear Sway Bar
-Perrin Sway Bar End Links
-Cusco Front & Rear Member Brace
-Cusco Rear Control Arms
-TIC Solid Steering Rack Bushings
-AP Racing Front Sprint BBK
-AP C300 Brake Pads Front & Project Mu Club Racer Rear
-Spiegler SS Brake Lines F&R
-AP 600 Brake Fluid
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: Weds TC105N 17X9
Tires: Toyo R1R (Max Summer Performance) 245/40/17
Interior & Exterior:
-Status Racing Seats
-Custom Roll Bar
-G-Force 5 Point Harness
-Garage Defend Shift Knob
-Cusco F&R Tow Hooks
-DownForce Front and Side CF Aero
-Voltex Japan Type 2 Wing
-Custom Alignment by Soul Speed
-Hot Tire Psi 35 F & 36R
-Red Line Tranny Fluid
-Motul LSD Fluid
-Motul 5w-30 Racing Oil
FR-S TRACK RACING TIME ATTACK TOYOTA GT86 SCION SUBARU BRZ DRIFT AP RACING ENDURANCE SPRINT KIT N-SPEC JDM VOLTEX SUZUKA COTA CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS PORSCHE RACEWAY RACE TRACK AUSTIN TEXAS TOYOBARU EVASIVE MOTORSPORTS TRACK DAY CRASH MVP TRACK TIME CHASING GT3 GT-3 PORSCHE GLOBAL TIME ATTACK MOTOR TREND
JCG Restorations 1968 Camaro -- BIG MUSCLE
Tucked away in a small industrial park in Oxnard, CA sits JCG Restorations & Customs, a moderately sized shop that has built some of the best performing pro-touring cars that we've ever driven. Now generally we don't focus in on shops, however when the owners of three of our best test cars start dropping names, we tend to listen. Originally we descended on JCG to drive Blu Balz, a stunning 1968 Camaro owned by one Karl Dunn. However since Mother Nature decided to water the Earth that day, we put our original plans on hold and got shop owner Cris Gonzalez to give us the in's and out's of what it takes to make a stellar pro-touring car.
Hennessey Venom GT: The World's Fastest Tuned Car - TUNED
DRIVE EXCLUSIVE: With only six examples built to date, the Hennessey Venom GT could be considered the fastest street car in the world. Built off the Lotus Exige, this tuner car packs a 1200+ horsepower punch with a theoretical top speed of 272mph. Host Matt Farah takes a quick ride in the million dollar Texas built supercar for the Season 3 premiere of TUNED on DRIVE.
The Ultra-Light, 505 WHP AVI Racing Corvette GT1 - TUNED
Tuned heads to Inde Motorsports Park in the Arizona to meet with the guys from AVI racing who have solved a problem that has plagued track warriors for decades: If you want to go to the track, why start with a street car? For less than the price of a new C6 Corvette, AVI's Corvette GT1 has the racing technology and performance needed to spank some of the world's quickest GT race cars.
Tom Kristensen Jumps Audi R8 LMS - DRIVE MOMENT
8 time Le Mans 24 winner Tom Kristensen jumps a $400,000 (~) Audi R8 LMS during a practice session on the 2012 Race of Champions track in Bangkok, Thailand. It was incidents like this and others which forced the drivers to intervene with track officials and institue a last minute chicane over the bridge / overpass of the ROC crossover track.