In the first year or two of the WRX in the US, there was a change to the calipers and brake pads. If you have a WRX (or Impreza) made at this time and are buying pads, it’s good to double check by actually going and looking at the brakes on the car. Here are some pictures that show the difference.
First are the front pads. On the left is the older, 98-02 shape, on the right, the newer, 03+ shape. The 11+ shape D1539 is also compatible with D929. The easiest way to tell the difference here is by looking at the caliper and bracket itself.
Here is the rear pad, shape D770, found on the 98-02
Well I certainly have been lazy about getting new posts up on here. I suppose that happens when you start a business to try to make money. Anyhow, it’s spring and that means more motorsports. In the last few weeks we have had Global Time Attack’s season opener and Buttonwillow, some NASA race weekends, Formula D, and the LBGP. Formula D means my favorite drifting-related-web-video-series, Behind the Smoke, is back at it again. Ok that might actually be the only drifting related web video series but anyway here is the newest episode:
Up next is a short video from Ryan Upham’s NASA season debut:
Unfortunately this year has not been great for Ryan and after a long delay in getting suspension parts he suffered a catastrophic engine failure at the event. If anyone has an EVO shortblock sitting around I’m sure he would be interested.
Speaking of engine failures, Christian Rado had a pretty good one last weekend in the FWing Scion 2.0 and caught it on video:
From what I hear it was incredibly hot out and that combined with the first event of the season where teams have many untested and incomplete changes meant neither GST Motorsports or FXMD were able to come close to the track record or their previous best times. GST is back to their all black color scheme, and has a new rear-mount radiator setup:
photo by Sportcar Motion
Despite the conditions, Berk Technology was able to set new Street and Limited RWD records in their 135i thanks to some new Aero parts, the new Hankook Ventus TD, and Carl Rydquist:
photo by Sportcar Motion
Sportcar Motion has a ton of great pictures of the event on their facebook page so I suggest heading over there to check them out.
Top Scoob is a monthly contest put on by the member’s car gallery section of the NASIOC Subaru forums. Normally I don’t pay it too much attention because that particular section has a lot of people who are more into looks than performance, to put things nicely. This month is a bit of an exception because it’s for race cars only, with a mix of privately owned and shop cars from all over the world. If you’re a member, I’d suggest heading over there to vote for your favorite Subaru race car. Here’s a breakdown of the entrants:
Nothing particularly new about this car since it’s raced for two years now, but the mechanicals should give us a hint of what the new BRZ GT300 car will be like. I would expect the biggest change to be the external body work for next year.