Every year I make an effort to get out to at least one Hanson Advanced Driving School in order to brush up on my skills and learn some new stuff. The event Last year I was signed off by Peter Hanson the operator and lead instructor of the school which meant an instructor was not required for me on track. This meant most of the learning would be done on my own on track as well as taking some of the advanced techniques taught to the advanced group in the classroom.
The weather was beautiful for the school and the most amazing thing was that there was around 30 Subaru’s at the school which was a record for them and I believe was 50% of the total attendees. It was great to see so many old and new faces at the track and from talking to the new people they were already thinking of signing up for the next date.
At Touge Tuning we always strive to be at the forefront of new products or developments in the industry. Part of this is getting the opportunity to test a new product whether it be on track or dyno testing. Recently we were approached by Shellbourne Fuels with the chance to test out a new fuel option from them which is their Ethanol based fuels. For those of you in Ontario and most of Canada you will know that Ethanol based fuels such as E85 are pretty much non-existent. The jealousy of big power numbers seen from cars south of the border has grown over the years as flex fuel tuning options have become more prevalent.
With the recent release of the COBB Flex Fuel kit and the ability to use the AccessPORT to tune for different Ethanol contents on a single map was timed perfectly with the new fuel available.
Hey everyone, it’s been a long time coming but I finally am going to start a journal of my 2009 WRX. My name is Laine and I have been a member of TSC since August 2009. I bought my 2009 WRX in June 2009 just before the WRX 265 came out. While slightly disappointed at the time I wasn’t completely bummed that I missed on the upgraded turbo/suspension on the 265, I finally had the car I wanted ever since I saw the Impreza 2.5 RS in 1998.
During the purchase my sales person talked to me about the Subaru community in Toronto and gave me a list of places I could pick-up parts if I ever wanted to get into modding once the “warranty” expired. When I got home I joined TSC and that is where my adventure began. I had no idea the community base behind Subaru’s and quickly became enticed by the endless possibilities.
Hello internet, you may have seen some of my work up on our social media streams in the last few months, but we have not officially met. I have now been working at Touge Tuning since December of 2015 doing photos, videos and media part time. The very persuasive Chris, owner of Touge Tuning, has prompted me start a journal series of my own (probably because he finds me to be an entertaining person). So without further hesitation let’s jump right in.
To get started I suppose that some background information on me is required, so here is the rundown. I work full time in the building engineering/design industry, but recently before this I was a student. I have now been out of school for 1.5 years, and have always had a deep passion for cars. Coming out of school and into the “working world” has had a bit of a profound effect on my life.
As usual in the summer it’s difficult to find time to keep up with these journal updates but hopefully I can get quicker at them. As usual Round 1 for CSCS is hosted at Mosport Driver Develop Track in Bowmanville, Ontario. This track was redesigned a few years ago and has become one of my personal favorite tracks to drive on. It is one of the most technical tracks in Ontario and really rewards confident drivers. This years event was run on May 15th and it was pretty much the craziest weather i’ve ever seen at a time attack event. Temperatures ranged from 0 to 7 degrees celcius with a mixture of Snow, Rain and Hail. Winds were strong enough that many, including our group, had to take down the canopies so they didn’t fly away.
The temperatures and weather made it very tricky to get tire pressures dialed in and do any sort of comparison between one session to the next.