Initial Report: 2013 Subaru BRZ Delivered price $26,265 Total miles 4816 Maintenance costs to date $599.26 Repair costs to date $0 We shouldn't have to tell you what the Subaru BRZ means to the driving faithful. Ever since Subaru and Toyota announced a partnership on a light, affordable, rear-wheel-drive coupe, that car has been held up as the second coming of cheap speed. We were hopeful: The idea of a year-round, 2,800-pound, 200-hp sports car for less than $26,000 had more than a few staffers checking their credit ratings. We grabbed a metallic gray six-speed for a long-term test as soon as possible. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2013 Subaru BRZ We've gotten good use out of the car so far. Executive Editor Sam Smith used the Subaru to help move his household to Road & Track's new home in Ann Arbor, familiarizing himself with the coupe's capacious trunk. I took it to a track day at Grattan Raceway, growing acquainted with the remarkably rigid … [Read more...] about Test Car Intro: 2013 Subaru BRZ
Many sim racers have the aspiration of someday making it to the pros. However, the world of professional racing is notoriously difficult to break into. But, for one member here on GTPlanet, the dream is just within his grasp.Meet Nick McMillen, better known as GumballCGT on the forums. If that name sounds familiar, it should: McMillen beat out 400,000 other racing hopefuls to become the US GT Academy champion in 2013.With the win, McMillen found himself at the Nissan Drive Development Programme at Silverstone in the UK. From there he dove into an intense training program that helped him earn his FIA International B racing license.With his training complete, McMillen jumped into motorsports headfirst where he immediately found success. In 2013, he snagged a pair of third-place finishes in the Britcar Production Cup. Also, he secured another third in the MSA British Endurance Championship at Donington Park. Not bad for a rookie season.In 2014, McMillen took things to another level. … [Read more...] about Let’s Get 2013 GT Academy Champion Nick McMillen Back Behind the Wheel of a Racecar
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 22,834 units of its various models including the Honda City, Honda Accord, and Honda Jazz to replace faulty Takata front passenger airbag inflators. Honda stated that the move is part of a precautionary global recall campaign, specific to the Takata front airbag inflators. Of the total 22,834 units, 22,084 units of the 2013 Honda City form a majority, while there 510 units of the Honda Accord, and 240 units of the Honda Jazz. This is not the first time that Honda Cars has issued a recall over the faulty Takata airbags. As many as 100 million cars from 13 different manufacturers have been affected by the issue. The airbag inflators were found to be expanding with excessive force and spraying metal shrapnel into the cabins. Honda had carried out similar recalls in the past as well.Takata, the supplier, has admitted to this fault in the past and agreed to pay $ 1 billion in penalties after 12 deaths and around 180 … [Read more...] about Honda recalls 22,834 units of City, Accord, and Jazz built in 2013 to replace faulty airbags
We’ve been talking about it for months and today is the day we begin our 2013 Week To Wicked Mustang build. To bring you up to speed, Wick To Wicked is a five day build, where we take a complete factory stocker and transform it into a wicked street performance ride.Over the course of the next five days, we have a team of folks who will be handling everything from the dress up goodies to spicing up the engine bay to more elaborate installs, including a supercharger, a clutch setup, and a complete suspension makeover. At the end of the week, we’ll do a “mild” celebratory burnout, if you can call it that, and start making plans to hit a variety of venues in 2018.For this build, the official sponsors of the Continental Presents Mustang360 Week To Wicked build, includes: E3 Spark Plugs; Holley Performance; Continental Tires; Derale Performance; American Legend Wheels; JLT Performance; EBC Brakes; Wizards Products; Maximum Motorsports; McLeod Racing; ROUSH … [Read more...] about Week To Wicked 2013 Mustang: Day 1
If you haven’t already heard about the Week To Wicked program, it’s where we take a stock ride and build it up to a highly modified street thumper in just five days. Admittedly, everyone involved in the current build thinks it’ll be a little bit easier compared to the earlier projects; why is that? Our previous build was a 1966 Hardtop Coupe that we completed with our sister brand at Mustang Monthly.While it required minimal bodywork and fresh coat of paint, it wasn’t impossible to handle, but it certainly made it a bit more challenging. Then you still need to factor in the time it took to swap out the original six-banger for a potent Ford Performance Parts 500hp crate engine (Z2363 pushrod Windsor). Nothing terribly difficult, but bear in mind that time is a limiting factor in these types of builds.For this Week To Wicked session, we purchased a Ingot Silver 2013 GT out of Florida with exactly 81, 974 miles, which is pretty low for five year ride. The engine … [Read more...] about Week to Wicked 2013 Mustang Build Coming Soon!