Get Your GT 86/FR-S Track Ready: Five Things to Consider Before Hitting the Racetrack

Scion FR-S on Track 1 photo
Photo: Scion
The 2014 Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S has been engineered to offer an increased amount of fun for the money you pay. It’s a perfect coupe for daily driving but it can also double as a track car for weekend racing.
From stock, the GT 86/FR-S comes with a naturally aspirated 200 hp 2-liter flat-four engine, a 6-speed manual gearbox and a limited slip differential at the back as well as ventilated brake discs all around.

However, if you really want to start shaving seconds on your local racetrack, you should consider some extra performance parts that will aid with handling at least, as the budget sportscar tends to be a bit too tail-happy. Thing that you don’t really need when pushing for records.

And where to look first for performance parts than Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD) catalogue. TRD parts are specially designed to offer maximum performance for your GT 86/FR-S and they come with all you need for installment, including detailed instructions. Here are five things you should equip your budget sportscar to get an enhanced track experience without necessarily improve the engine’s output:
  • TRD Brake Pads ($70): you’ll need these in order to brake as late and as hard as possible before bends if you want to shave some seconds.
  • TRD Sway Bars ($450): provide a flatter, more stable cornering stance, reduces front wheel slip, limits body roll offering an enhanced overall handling.
  • TRD Alloy Wheels ($259): provides improved handling response and grip when used with good quality tires.
  • TRD Quickshifter ($195): it’s designed to optimize linkage and location to shorten shift throw up to 25% so you’ll change gears faster.
  • TRD Member Brace Set: connects the rear suspension member, front lower arm, steering rack and the body with steel plates that make the body stiffer.

Don’t forget your helmet and seatbelt. Happy corner cutting!
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