Cosworth announces shift in performance aftermarket strategy with launch of unique Power Packages
· Cosworth set to revolutionize its approach to aftermarket products by focusing on validated Power Packages suitable for warranty by vehicle manufacturers
· Company deliberately moves on from individual component supply towards fully validated system packages using motorsport experience
· Cosworth unveils first of its new range of Power Packages - the FA20 engine platform for Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86
Cosworth has today announced a notable step change in its supply of cutting edge performance aftermarket products with the launch of a series of Power Packages for the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86.
In stark contrast to its previous aftermarket strategy, Cosworth has deliberately shifted its focus from individual components to the engineering and manufacture of complete packages. This approach enables Cosworth to guarantee reliability while supporting its business objective of becoming an approved upgrade partner for global car manufacturers.
Cosworth is uniquely positioned to offer fully validated packages as a result of its unrivalled heritage at the highest level of motorsport. The company has spent decades building up successful partnerships with car manufacturers so this shift in aftermarket products represents a natural, yet significant step.
The first result of this approach is a brand new range of Power Package options for the FA20 engine platform that drives the Toyota GT-86, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S. Cosworth Power Packages offer enthusiasts and motorsport professionals the ease and reliability of guaranteed power upgrades that only Cosworth's legendary engineering team can deliver.
Developed using the same methods employed in Formula One and sports car racing, Cosworth has engineered cost-effective and scalable performance solutions that can take the engine's power output from the standard 197bhp to a fully validated 325bhp and eventually on to a 380hp race track configuration. Each successive upgrade Stage builds upon and utilizes components in the previous Stage making this approach unique in the Aftermarket. This staged approach allows customers an affordable path to upgrade their vehicles.
Immediately available is the Stage 1 Power Package.
Delivered as part of complete, integrated performance solution, the Stage 1 Power Package offers a power increase of up to 230bhp, 11.6% on stock.
Stage 1 features:
· A Cosworth premium quality, free flow sports exhaust manufactured in partnership with Nameless Performance, specialists in the exhaust sector.
· A "Power by Cosworth" calibration kit and calibration file designed by Cosworth using the latest technology to maximise the peak performance of the stage components working together.
· An exclusive Cosworth vehicle badge and a uniquely numbered Cosworth authentication plaque.
· A Cosworth performance filtration solution and low temperature thermostat working together with the exhaust and calibration to deliver the predictable and consistent performance customers expect from Cosworth.
In accordance with Cosworth's new approach to the performance aftermarket the Power Packages for the FA20 engine platform provide a set of components that have been designed and engineered by Cosworth to work together as a solution, rather than a collection of individual parts, in order to maximise peak performance and reliability. Designed and manufactured to the highest quality, the first time fit of each individual component is assured, while the scalable system approach means that additional packages can be added easily, integrating each system with the next.
Cosworth Power Packages, uniquely deliver what the customer has long been waiting for:
More power, consistently and reliably delivered, created by a world leading engineering company with over 50 years' experience at all levels of motorsport.
As an example of this modular approach, the first option of the Stage 1 Power Package includes a Cosworth free flow sports exhaust that features two 4" diagonally cut, branded, double wall tips and a stylish "Y" shaped back muffler/silencer. In combination with the other components, this high quality, 304 stainless steel exhaust, with a mirror polished finish, increases power output to 220bhp. By adding the optional combined overpipe front pipe, with its unique spherical resonator, the new calibration power output is raised further to 225bhp. The black, thermally coated 4-2-1 manifold header option has equal length piping and CNC machined exhaust flanges, which helps to significantly reduce under hood/bonnet temperatures, boosting output with calibration to 230bhp while bringing a 22% weight reduction on the standard manifold.
Hal Reisiger, Cosworth Group Chief Executive, commented:
"Cosworth has significantly altered its approach to performance aftermarket. We are now able to supply completely validated solutions – as an entire system – to guarantee reliability and performance. This is a huge step change and one that will enable Cosworth to become the performance upgrade partner of choice for car manufacturers, as well as tuning professionals and enthusiasts around the world.
As the first step in this new strategic approach, we are excited to unveil Cosworth Power Packages for the FA20 Platform, FR-S, BRZ and GT86 cars. We are delivering a series of power upgrade solutions that will allow drivers to unlock the real performance potential of their vehicles.
Cosworth are absolutely unique in what we offer to the performance aftermarket – we are able to transfer the knowledge we have gained from over fifty years of motorsport engineering excellence, and our experience in Formula One, to create our Power Packages, so that our customers can benefit. That is why Cosworth continues to set the standard for aftermarket products."
In Formula Drift there are already 7 drivers currently participating in FRS/BRZ platform
Unfortunately it is not going well for the cars. Since I went to FD just for that and only Ryan Tuerck made it to top16, i was bored during the competition and made this video
Drifter Ken Gushi To Pilot Scion FR-S At Pikes Peak
Scion is turning to someone familiar with both the car and course as it mounts a challenge on this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, drift star Ken Gushi.
Gushi won last year's Exhibition Auto Class at Pikes Peak driving a Lexus IS F CCS-R, and returns this year behind the wheel of a car he already knows well from his drifting competitions—the Scion FR-S. A specially prepared FR-S will be entered in the Time Attack 1 Division, a class featuring everything from the FR-S to Mitsubishi Evolutions, Porsche 911 GT3s, BMW M3s and even a Volkswagen Jetta.
“No race on earth is quite like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and I can’t wait to conquer it in a car I love: the Scion FR-S,” said Gushi of the challenge ahead. “Every turn of this course requires the best performance out of the driver and vehicle," he added, "...and racing fans will love what they see.”
Gushi's FR-S is prepared by GReddy Racing, and is a long way from stock. The car's suspension has been tuned specially for the unique challenges of racing up the mountain, and new performance and safety components have been added. The car produces 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque—though Gushi can expect a lot less by the time he reaches Pikes Peak's 14,115-ft summit, where the thin air leaves even powerful engines gasping for oxygen.
This year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the 92nd running of the event, takes place June 29.
Our spies caught on camera a Toyota GT 86 prototype featuring several lightweight body parts while testing in Germany at the Nürburgring.
It seems the mid-cycle refresh Toyota is planning for the GT 86 is more complex than originally believed as a prototype was seen testing on the 'Ring featuring what appears to be a carbon fiber hood with dual air intakes to increase engine cooling. The same lightweight material was also used for the roof and trunk where we also notice a large fixed wing.
For the moment it's not known whether these added parts will be available through a special edition GT 86 or will be offered as an optional package. GT 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada recently said the facelifted GT 86 could make use of a larger boxer engine along with improved exhaust and intake systems developed in collaboration with Gazoo Racing. Also expect to find a modified final drive ratio for more intense accelerations.
Following the 2015 GT 86's introduction, Toyota will start work on the second generation model which might end up being co-developed with BMW rather than Subaru. The model could be offered with some form of hybridization and will be out before the end of the decade.
Let’s face it – if you’ve driven a stock Toyota GT86, you know that it’s a really great car to be in on a twisty road. The speeds you achieve are never particularly high, but the fun factor is definitely there, especially when your only contact with the tarmac are a set of low-rolling resistance tires it borrowed from a Prius…
However, there are ways of getting more out of it, obviously, and Car Throttle tried out two of the most basic ones. For starters, the TRD version, Toyota’s idea of a more hardcore GT86 comes with a noticeable body kit, bigger wheels and brakes, plus a slightly noisier exhaust. Aside from that, it’s pretty much standard – the reviewer even suggests the TRD is actually slower to accelerate due to having wider, grippier tires.
The other version of the car they tried out had a full supercharger kit from HKS bolted on, which brought the power to just over 270 hp – a big boost from its 197 standard horses. It’s obviously the one to go for because it addresses the car’s biggest problem, while also not costing any more than the TRD body kit that doesn’t make the car go any faster in a straight line.
The upcoming Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 was inspired by our own Scion TRD FR-S project car, which in turn was influenced by the Griffon Toyota 86 built by TRD's Japanese division.
In the first part of our three part series detailing the Scion TRD FR-S project car, we went overseas to hear about the philosophy of the Griffon 86 from the car's chief engineer, then explained some of the changes we made to that concept for the American market.
In creating the Scion TRD FR-S project car that inspired the upcoming the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0, we collaborated with some of the biggest names across the automotive performance industry to flesh out our vision of what the car could be. In the second part of our three part series exploring the TRD FR-S project car build, we go behind the scenes with partners like KMA Productions and GReddy Racing to see how everything was revamped from the ground up to product a track-ready car that was still streetable and reliable.
Small, lightweight sports cars are unsafe, right? Not necessarily -- proving the right design can be safe whatever the size, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars have just been awarded a 'Top Safety Pick' rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Tested in FR-S guise, both models -- largely identical save for the badge and detail changes to suspension and equipment levels -- achieved the maximum "good" ratings in front moderate overlap, side impact, roof crush and rear impact crash tests. Furthermore, each also received an "acceptable" rating in one of the toughest modern crash tests, the small frontal overlap.
This test in particular has caught out several otherwise-safe vehicles, exposing weaknesses in the structure caused by impacts that put maximum stress through only 25 percent of the body's frontal aspect. While the structure did give way and cause intrusion that raises the risk of lower leg injuries in such an accident, each car received "good" ratings for protection to the head, chest, and hip/thigh region.
Each car, and several others in the organization's small car test series, missed out on the full IIHS "Top Safety Pick+" rating through lack of frontal crash prevention systems. The BR-Z however joins a range of other Subaru models that have scored highly in testing. With four Top Safety Picks and three Top Safety Pick+ vehicles -- the Forester, Legacy sedan and Outback -- Subaru boasts more 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks than any other brand.
^Impressive for a small car, but alas, my hope of the Toyobaru being the first Toyota ever to score a Good rating in the small overlap front crash test has been crushed. Subaru had such an amazing run of Good rating in this test so far, that I thought Toyota could've ridden on Subaru's run and scored its first Good rating.
Come on Toyota!! It's depressing to see ALL of your rivals--Nissan, Honda, VW, Subaru, Mazda, Hyundai, Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Volvo--all have at least one car in their lineup to prove that they CAN score a Good rating in this test. Why can't you? Step it up please!!