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Monday 28th January 2013

Subaru BRZ RA Racing revealed

Inevitably it's (currently) only for Japan but that doesn't stop us wanting one



The long-held Japanese tradition of building super cool, super nerdy sub variants of our favourite cars and then not exporting them outside of the domestic market is being upheld with news of a new Subaru BRZ RA Racing.

Stripped back to what you need for track fun
Stripped back to what you need for track fun
Back in the glory days of the Impreza the Type RAs were among the most coveted of JDM imports and while the BRZdoesn’t quite live up to that illustrious history the fact Subaru is selling stripped back versions ready for a bit of track action is enough to have us rifling back through those old grey import contact books.

And, no, before you ask, it doesn’t have any more power. So let’s not even start down that road again – it’ll either be an issue for you or it won’t.

What it does have is a bunch of sensible mods geared up for making your BRZ ready for a bit of track hoonage, including a roll cage with door bars (best not take it to the ’ring then), harnesses, extra ducting for the front brakes, removable towing eyes and an oil cooler mounted in the front bumper. It would also appear to have a slightly lower 4.1:1 final drive ratio from the auto version, perhaps offsetting the additional 28kg worth of heft the roll cage and other mods bring. 1,230kg still isn’t bad though. In the small print there’s a charmingly Japanese apology for the fact that it’s a little bit of a faff to get in and out of now, a tad noisier and, due to the cage, there’s no sun visor any more. There’s also something about a special floor mat and a stern warning not to use any other type. And no, we’re not sure if that’s OCD or for some deeply technical reason. 

BRZ designed to fit track wheels from the start
BRZ designed to fit track wheels from the start
Subaru’s also left it on black steelies on the assumption most enthusiasts will have their own favoured wheel/tyre combo. But we think it actually looks rather cool like that. Bear in mind also the BRZ/GT86 interior has been designed to fit in a set of track wheels, so you can take your choice of grippy or slippy tyres depending on whether you’re going for speed or sideways style. Yo.  

There’s no talk of suspension mods either, again Subaru’s likely reasoning being many enthusiasts will have their own preferences for retro-fit options. This differs from the upgraded Toyota GT86s we drove a little while back with their TRD approved suspension and braking packages but perhaps more in keeping with Subaru’s enthusiast image.

This isn’t the only pared-back BRZ option available for the JDM, the even more basic RA more intended as a blank canvas for the street tuning/styling brigade. This one, with the mechanical mods for track driving, is rather more appealing though. The 2,868,000 yen cost is an additional 500 quid or so on top of the top of the line JDM S model, which seems pretty reasonable all told.

As it stands the RA Racing is a JDM-only deal but we did report some time ago on the possibility of Subaru bring a stripped out BRZ to the UK. Is this it? Let’s hope so!







Dan Trent
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Cotty

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Nice ideal, would love one.

However im not sure I like that many bends in a roll cage.

Dale Lomas

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Those door bars will be fine wink They're low ones.

Anyway... WANT!

Cotty

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I ment the S shaped one up the A pillar

Krikkit

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Cotty said:
I mest the S shaped one up the A pillar
It looks a bit odd, but would they fit a useless cage? £500 extra for the cage and harnesses looks like a bit of a bargain to me.

Maldini35

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S bend cages now illegal for UK based MSA events. It would need significant re-inforcement to race in the UK.
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Dan Trent

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Just been Tweeting this out but what wheels to spec? The agony of choice...

If it's the red body then I reckon these would be nice, in black.


Mica Blue it's got to be these., right?


With your skidding ditch finders on the steelies for sideways fun.

Dan

DanielSan

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Want want want want want. In blue. And I want to put gold Speedlines on it biggrin

edit

It appears as I typed this I wasn't the only one with the same idea.

Edited by DanielSan on Monday 28th January 14:21

Captain Muppet

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Maldini35 said:
S bend cages now illegal for UK based MSA events. It would need significant re-inforcement to race in the UK.
And you can't use it for comptetion drifitng in the UK either.

Not that it matters as they don't sell it here.

big_boz

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Is this not the scooby version of the Toyota one that is a bout £16 grand (domestic market?) This isn't new news is it?

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/09/toyota-gt86-com...

stephen300o

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Looks good. Would make for a fun one make series.

Dale Lomas

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Dan, RPF1 in gold for me.

And winter tyres on the steelies!

bobbo89

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big_boz said:
Is this not the scooby version of the Toyota one that is a bout £16 grand (domestic market?) This isn't new news is it?

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/09/toyota-gt86-com...
Thats aimed more at the crazy modifiers, notice the lack of cage and harness etc

Dan Trent

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big_boz said:
Is this not the scooby version of the Toyota one that is a bout £16 grand (domestic market?) This isn't new news is it?

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/09/toyota-gt86-com...
The article said:
This isn’t the only pared-back BRZ option available for the JDM, the even more basic RA more intended as a blank canvas for the street tuning/styling brigade. This one, with the mechanical mods for track driving, is rather more appealing though.
Dan


big_boz

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Dan Trent said:
big_boz said:
Is this not the scooby version of the Toyota one that is a bout £16 grand (domestic market?) This isn't new news is it?

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/09/toyota-gt86-com...
The article said:
This isn’t the only pared-back BRZ option available for the JDM, the even more basic RA more intended as a blank canvas for the street tuning/styling brigade. This one, with the mechanical mods for track driving, is rather more appealing though.
Dan
Apologies you are correct

EcosseBMW

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I was out in Germany about 4 months ago on a track day the ring when I went into garage and spotted this (I have video but can't upload)...The S206 in test guise!





Nothing unusual it is the Nurburgring after all...it was only when I was walking back my car and I spotted this (and spoke to the test driver who said its 80% there and they are making a few adjustments and fine tuning!!!) welcome the BRZ STI











Sorry only had my blackberry on me at the time so the best I could do in the short window I had with car!!!

rxtx

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Thanks for posting those smile

Stedman

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I want one! If they're cheap enough, I'll have it!

Guvernator

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I LOVE that BRZ STI, just hurry up and realese it already! However I have one small complaint. What the hell is Subaru's obsession with those silver lined "Lexus lights" at the rear? They looked gash about 10 years ago let alone in 2013.

Lazygraduate

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Looks amazing on steelies!

Andy ap

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Would that roll cage be more for torsional stiffnes and suspension geometry than actual roll over stability?
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