two thousand sixteen Offspring FR-S: Race Organizer Review

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 4:26 PM

Hauling lots of weird gear and weird people between airport, hotel, and track offers a grand way of gauging the real-world usefulness of a vehicle, and observing the reactions of crapcan racers to a car offers a excellent sense of the common coolness of said vehicle; thus we've Race Organizer Reviews at tracks.

two thousand sixteen Offspring FR-S: Race Organizer Review

In which your Race Organizer flies the flag of a doomed marque at Sears Point

As the Chief Justice of the twenty-four Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, I travel to race tracks around the country and assistance hold the Tilt-a-Whirl operating at the LeMons traveling circus. Hauling lots of weird gear and weird people between airport, hotel, and track offers a grand way of gauging the real-world usefulness of a vehicle, and observing the reactions of crapcan racers to a car offers a excellent sense of the common coolness of said vehicle; thus we've Race Organizer Reviews at tracks.

The twenty-four Hours of LeMons went to Race Sonoma at Sears Point in December, and returned again in February. At the first of these races, I drove a two thousand sixteen Mazda Miata Club; at the second, a two thousand sixteen Scion FR-S.

I decided to do a Race Organizer Review of the FR-S immediately after learning that Toyota would be terminating the Offspring brand, because the organizers of the twenty-four Hours of LeMons love defunct car brands. Everyone knew that Toyota would simply rebrand the FR-S as a Toyota eighty-six, and that's precisely what happened about a mo later, but I thought it'd still be fascinating to obtain racer reactions to the downfall of Scion.

I always attempt to obtain some photos of a LeMons race car made by the same manufacturer as my Race Organizer Review car at these events, but there's only one Offspring racing in the series and it couldn't create it to this race. Yes, there's only one appropriate theme for an xB.

As it happened, the Sears Point racers paid number attention whatsoever to the FR-S, in stark contrast to their fawning reactions to the MX-5 I'd driven there a couple of months earlier. This was partly because the '16 Miata is new and exciting, but also because nearly all road-racers like Miatas, period.

The FR-S is a lot of fun per buck, particularly if you love sliding around and e-brake-turning love a bosozoku miscreant. In fact, it feels quite a bit love an AE86 Corolla with more power and a ridiculously stiff suspension, right down to the sound of my camera gear getting bashed against the underside of the decklid on not-very-serious highway imperfections.

It doesn't perceive as fast as it ought to with two hundred horsepower, maybe because peak torque doesn't happen in a particularly usable rpm range, but it's usable cargo space, can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission, and gets decent fuel economy (I got better than the rated hwy mpg even with plenty of stop-and-go Bay Area traffic and city driving in the mix).

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