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Matt Farah Drives A 350 Horsepower Scion FR-S: Video 8
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Scion, Scion FR-S, Tuned, Tuners, video on 01 8th, 2013

While we like the Scion FR-S and its fraternal twin, the Subaru BRZ, as much as anyone writing about cars, we’d also admit that we’d like it even more if it had more power. Despite a 30+ horsepower advantage over the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Toyotabaru coupes feel slower to us, and – dare we say it – less precise.

That’s what the aftermarket is for, and to be fair, the Scion FR-S was always intended to be a blank canvas. Give enthusiasts a solid (and affordable) base to build from, and the end result is limited primarily by budget and imagination. The FR-S built by VCMC and Shift Autosport for Canada’s Scion Tuner Challenge is a prime example of this, as the end result is both fast and relatively affordable for a race car.

How fast? Farah doesn’t spit out numbers like 0-60 or lap times, but he does give it praise for its velocity and its balance, and Matt Farah is a guy you can trust behind the wheel. Thanks to a Full Blown Motorsports turbo kit pushing nine pounds of boost, the engine is putting out some 350 horsepower, which translates to about 320 at the rear wheels. “Run more boost,” most people would say, but that is going to impact engine life unless you beef up the internals. Besides, more power translates to more heat, and this particular FR-S still needs development work in the cooling department.

As for the “how expensive” part, the car costs around $25,000 new, and the engine, aero and suspension work have added roughly $20,000 to the tab. If you’ve priced new race cars lately, for any class, you’ll understand how much of a bargain this car really is.

We completely agree with Farah on one other point, too – the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ are indeed destined to become the next spec racer craze, at least until Mazda moves forward with the next generation of MX-5.



Video: Matt Farah Test Drives World’s Fastest Tuned Car – Hennessey Venom GT 10
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Drive, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, John Hennessey, Matt Farah, Tuned, Tuners on 07 10th, 2012

“It thrills me, and it scares me… a little bit”. Those are the words of the mastermind behind the new Hennessey Venom GT, John Hennessey, when he drives his monstrous 1200 horsepower and theoretical 272 mph top speed concoction.

Matt Farah, as a kick off to the latest season of Tuned on the DRIVE network, gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to strap behind the wheel of John Hennessey’s latest creation, the fastest car he has ever driven, the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. Hit up the jump to view the exclusive test drive video below.



Video: ‘Tuned’ Drives A 700 Horsepower E92 BMW M3 21
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2011 BMW M3, Automotive, BMW, Kurt, Tuned, Tuners, VF Engineering, video, Videos on 02 21st, 2012

Few car fans would argue the point that BMW’s M3 is one of the best-balanced rides on the planet. Even in stock form, it makes decent power, offers up superb handling and has impressive, fade-resistant brakes. While the platform can handle (significantly) more horsepower than the 4.0-liter V-8’s 414 hp output, the car still provides plenty of entertainment value for most drivers.

For the hardcore few, however, there’s no such thing as too much horsepower. That’s where companies like VF Engineering come into the picture, since it’s ready, willing and able to bump up the output considerably on your E92 BMW M3. How much? It’s standard upgrade makes 620 horsepower at the crank, but know the right people and VF will build you an M3 that makes 690 horsepower.

In any car driving just two wheels, that’s a lot of power to get to the ground. As host Matt Farah explains, the latest VF Engineering creation doesn’t even benefit from a wide-body conversion, so those ponies get to the pavement via a pair of 295 mm wide rear tires. In other words, it’s a really, really good idea to leave traction control on for street driving.

While a car like this would be an absolute blast to drive on a track, it very nearly makes too much power for the rest of the setup. We don’t have the attention span necessary to drive something like this on a daily basis, but we’d sure enjoy an afternoon of wearing out tires and brake pads.







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