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“The Worlds Scariest S2000” – Appearances can be deceiving

This is less of a journal entry and more of a cautionary tale for anybody looking to push the limits of their car or driving capabilities. What was supposed to be an exciting first time track experience quickly escalated into a spin fest in what David Pratte from Speed Academy called “The Worlds Scariest S2000”.

When I was purchasing my S2000 one of the things I noticed the set of Falken Azenus RT615K tires it was equipped with. The tires had good tread depth, no signs of uneven wear, and were 10mm wider than the stock tire width front and back. This was great news for me, as I knew I wanted to get this car on the track for some fun right away. As I began to daydream about the various parts I could get for my car now that I didn’t need tires, the cold hard hand of reality slapped me in the face at turn 1 of Toronto Motorsports Park as my car understeered into the corner and snapped to oversteer and spun me off the track at 80 km/h.

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Speed Academy Track Test of Project Northstar

Some of you may have seen posts on our social media channels about me hitting the track with Speed Academy for a test of our 2015 Subaru WRX aka Project Northstar.  Well the video was released recently and I thought it would be good to post up and give you some information that may not have made it into the video.  But first take a few minutes and watch me be awkward with my hands…

Hope that was entertaining for at least some of you.  Now I want to start by saying that Dave Pratte is not only a great driver but he’s also probably turned more laps then 99.9% of people who have driven at Toronto Motorsports Park.  He knows the track well and is very quick at getting up to speed, because of this I was pretty definitely worried he would demolish my personal best times.   … Continue reading Speed Academy Track Test of Project Northstar

Project Northstar 2015 Subaru WRX – CSCS Time Attack Round 2

After a successful day at the Hanson school the second round of CSCS Time Attack quickly approached.  With the car working so well I made the decision not to change anything mechanically but with the tire contingency prize provided by Steelcase Tires I thought it would be a good chance to try out the new RE-71R from Bridgestone that everyone was raving about.  My previous best time at TMP was a 1:22.5 at the final round of CSCS in 2015 running very used Hankook RS-3’s.  All of the information I’ve heard and read has the RE-71R being over a second faster then the RS-3.

With the weather for the previous round being horrible everyone was crossing their fingers that Round 2 would be better.  The rounds at TMP also tend to have the biggest turn out as there’s also drag racing alongside the Time Attack, Drifting and Show and Shine.  

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Project Northstar 2015 Subaru WRX – Hanson Driving School, Race Gas & Killer B Top Mount

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.  

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Ethanol Fuels in Ontario? – Dyno Testing Results

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.  

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Project Bedrock 2009 Subaru WRX – Introduction

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.

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