Could there be a BRZ STi coming soon?

For the last 5 years or so now the Toyota GT86 & Subaru BRZ have been gracing our roads with their Flat Four engines and their RWD Drivetrain, in those last five years the same complaint has kept on plaguing the two identical sports cars – they’re just not powerful enough.

Now while Tuners and Aftermarket Specialists have been able to get around that by modifying them in all different ways, the manufacturers haven’t done anything to them to make them quicker, instead just giving them a facelift and changing a few bits and pieces here and there to make it more fun.

Thankfully five years after they were first released a fast version is going to hopefully be released by none other than Subaru, they released a picture on Twitter of what looks like the rear end of a BRZ with an almighty rear spoiler with STi embossed on it with the date 8/6/17 in the quote – could this finally be a BRZ STi?, I hope so!

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Subaru came out with an BRZ STi Concept back in 2015 which was hinting at an STi version of the BRZ but unfortunately nothing came of it, The Concept came out with 450bhp from it’s flat four engine, it had uprated brakes, stickier tyres and an aero package included.

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If Subaru was to produce an STi version, a detuned version of the concept would be good as it wouldn’t need 450bhp to be a weapon – 300bhp should be enough.

So come on Subaru, do the right thing and put the BRZ STi into Production! We as petrolheads beg of you to produce it!

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson

Tartan Tarmac Meets Are Getting Better & Better!

So after missing out on Aprils TT Meet due to a cycle race shutting all the roads off, I jumped at the chance as soon as they posted the May Meet details up – i wasn’t going to miss out this time!

I decided to bring along the C70 again as it had had some new parts fitted over the last few weeks including a new Alarm Siren, the Stereo Coded, plus a couple odds and ends replaced/fixed etc. On top of that I had done a little write up containing information on what had been done to her over the two years of ownership so people would come over and see what had been done & get some more information on her – even some members of Volvo Owners Scotland came along to show some support. 

Just like the two last meets, this months meet was at Motherwell College and as I’m a student there I knew where to go. We got there for 8:35 where it was relatively empty but slowly but surely filling up with people. After a while it was nearly full so I decided to walk around and meet some people and eye up the cars there, everyone was more than welcome to talk about their cars – and the cars…well they were unbelievable! 

Now I’ve seen supercars and I’ve also seen modified cars as well but I’ve never seen them in the same place at the same time, best bit of all however, there was no hate between owners and no stupid antics neither – highly unlikely as Police were there. 

The cars there were awesome, since i was there last it seemed Supercar Driver was there as there was so many high end cars there since i was last there in March, there was a Ford GT which was owned by a Member of Tartan Tarmac, an Aventador Roadster, a MK1 Honda NSX, a Ferrari F430 and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 of all things – one of the ultimate modern Porsche’s ever made, as well as all of them there was a Bentley Bentayga 4.0 V8 Diesel kindly given to Tartan Tarmac by Bentley Glasgow to test out for the weekend. 

as far as meets go, this had to be the best one I’ve been to, as well as the Best TT meet I’ve been to as well, the atmosphere was truly amazing and it’s what makes us petrol-heads a brilliant bunch of people. everyone was so friendly and wanted to share their cars with others. All in all a great meet!

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson

#ProjectC70 has a new Alarm Siren!

For the last 6 months since #ProjectC70 started, the Alarm decided to pack in, what it would do was flash the hazards but it wouldn’t make a sound which only meant one thing – the siren was buggered!

After looking online at the Forums i found out it was a common problem and it was hidden in the O/S/F inner wing above the washer bottle, what would happen is the battery pack inside the siren casing would run out of power and leak it’s acid onto the circuit board causing it to go faulty – time to get to work!

 

I started off by jacking the car off the ground using the cars own jack – yes i know this isn’t the safest option but it’s the best jack we’ve got until we upgrade which we’ll be doing hopefully soon.


After jacking the car up, i removed the wheel using my very powerful and trustworthy 400nm 1/2 drive buzz gun & a 17mm high impact socket which made things so much easier than a conventional Breaker bar, Spider and Torque wrench – the wheel was off within seconds!

Once that was done, i removed the right hand side of the wheel arch liner by removing 2x 10 mm grommet style bolts and 3x T25 Torx Screws, once removed i peeled the liner back and got into where the old alarm siren was.


All it took to remove it was two 10mm bolts and a flat headed screwdriver to remove the electrical connection, reasonably easy to get into to be honest compared to more modern cars where they’re hidden in all sorts of places.


A few days after the old one was removed, i took it to Motherwell College where i currently study to find out exactly what caused it to fail, after about an hour of stripping it down and looking into it thanks to an Auto electrician in the college we found out that the battery pack was the culprit and had ran out of power, on top of that it had leaked out some battery acid onto the circuit board which meant that even though the siren was working and the circuit board was getting power it was toast so i had to get it replaced.

After finding one on Ebay and waiting until it arrived – which was today, it was time to fit the replacement which was the reverse of the strip down, alarm went in and got bolted into place, liner got put back into place and the wheel eventually went back on, once it was back in we decided to test it to see if it was working and after a while of playing around with it, it sprung into life and finally made a noise after 6 months of complete silence – it was fixed!



Best bit of all however was the price, now Volvo themselves were charging £170 for a new one and while that isn’t too bad for a new one whatsoever,  i got mine for £20 & Free Postage, that’s a £150 saving which can’t be sniffed at, and because i removed and refitted it i don’t pay labor costs at all, just the replacement part.

So finally after six months or so, she is safe against thieves and carjackers and the likes which is only a good thing. Not bad going for £20!

Here is a video of the new siren working: ​

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Hope You Enjoy!

 

By Alex Jebson