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Toyota Pro/Celeb Car Test Drive - Track Star

Sep 6, 2013

If you’ve ever taken an FR-S on the track or even through your local twisties, you can agree with me that it’s a fun ass car. I can’t say it enough to people, the FR-S isn’t a straight-line killer but a force to be reckoned with on a tight, twisty course. And there’s no mystery why it was picked to be in this year’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity race.

Scion brought us out to test the cars at the Streets of Willow before celebs like Michelle Rodriguez and Adam Corolla might put one of these things into a wall. But we had nothing short of a great impression after throwing around these race-ready FR-S’. The cars are tuned, not as much engine-wise but the chassis received plenty of improvements to get us around the track faster.

Track star scion FRS garage FRS Photo 2/9   |   Toyota Pro/Celeb Car Test Drive - Track Star

Three things stood out to me most: First, the Bridgestone tires made a huge difference compared to the standard FR-S all-seaons, allowing for more grip and control, which in turn gave me much more confidence going into corners at higher speeds. Second, the new brake setup (four-piston calipers with larger rotors up front, plus track pads all around) let me pound on the brakes lap-after-lap without feeling or worrying about the brakes overheating. Lastly, I gotta credit a big part of the tighter and more responsive driving feel to the suspension thanks to coilovers and extra bracing.

While the FR-S had about 10-15 more horsepower, it wasn’t where I made up time around the course. Spending a day at the track in these Toyota Pro/Celeb cars goes to show that the FR-S is all about handling and balance. -Sam Du

Track star scion FRS simpson racing harness Photo 6/9   |   Toyota Pro/Celeb Car Test Drive - Track Star



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