David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/30/19 11:00 p.m.

Story and Photographs by David S. Wallens

“Another autocross class?” We heard the cries of exasperation the microsecond that the SCCA announced Solo Spec Coupe, a restricted class for the popular Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S. It would be backed by Tire Rack; require a spec wheel, tire and suspension package; and be limited to the earlier versions of the cars.

Some of that clutching of pearls came from our own message board. “If we add enough class’s, soon every one can be a winner,” iceracer posted, complete with the internet-obligatory grammatical errors.

“Hate to see a simple tire distributor have this much influence over the supposedly neutral SCCA,” Two_Tools_In_a_Tent added. “Very similar to what NOPI did in import drag racing and look how all of that turned out. Nothing wonderful happens when corporation get their noses into the mix.”

Of course, there were fans of the idea, too. “I like this SSC idea,” a reader with the handle Meat championed. “It seems that many solo classes end up as virtual spec classes so why not create one explicitly? The Tire Rack tie in makes things easy for everyone.”

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pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
5/1/19 7:56 a.m.

A very interesting read. I went from HS to STH and since I am on the same tires as HS, I wonder how much all the other stuff makes a difference. The common limiting factor is ultimately how much grip you can generate, and it seems like that remains the case with the FR-S/BRZ/GT86.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
5/1/19 10:12 a.m.

I'm curious to know how the SSC suspension changes how these cars feel while daily driving.  How much of the stock car's handling characteristics are retained?  How is the ride quality and NVH now?

spacecadet
spacecadet HalfDork
5/1/19 10:20 a.m.

In reply to nderwater :

Bumps of a moderate size at Freeway speed will cause the rear to get airborne. Or at least feel like it. 

Scared the crap out of me riding with my buddy. Drive the same road every day in my ST and the car doesn't even flinch... 

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