Live thread: Track testing a manual GR86, C8 Z06 and more

J.G.
By J.G. Pasterjak
Aug 24, 2023 | Chevrolet, Toyota, VW, FIRM, GTI, chevy, z06, C8, gr86, Track Test, C8 Z06, VW GTI, Mk7 GTI, Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park

The GRM editorial crew is off to do some track testing Friday at our official test track, the Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park in Keystone Heights, and we’ve got some interesting candidates ready to challenge the FIRM’s 10 turns.

[The Grassroots Motorsports ultimate guide to track car lap times]

First up, we’ll finally sample the six-speed version of the latest Toyota GR86. You may recall the automatic BRZ shocked us with surprisingly good performance, pulling from corner to corner nearly as hard as a Honda Civic Type R. Will the six-speed version be faster still, or is the automatic the unexpected sleeper pick?

Next, we’ve got an exciting opportunity to challenge the top production car on our leader board–the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z51–as some generous and trusting readers, Kerry Lee and Beachside Garage, are loaning us their Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 for a few instrumented laps. Will the mighty Z06 be the car to finally best the Z51 C8's 1:16.16 lap time?

Finally, our 2017 VW GTI project is vying to break through the 1:20 barrier and head into supercar territory with a set of Bridgestone RE-71RS tires and a brand-new intercooler that will hopefully stave off heat-related power loss for as many laps as possible.

Have any questions about our test day? Post them up here and we’ll keep an eye on this thread–you can ask about anything (except lap times).

Join Free Join our community to easily find more Chevrolet, Toyota, VW, FIRM, GTI, chevy, z06, C8, gr86, Track Test, C8 Z06, VW GTI, Mk7 GTI and Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park news.
Comments
Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/24/23 1:23 p.m.

It's intercooler installation time! 

Are spectators allowed to attend?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
8/24/23 2:17 p.m.
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) said:

Are spectators allowed to attend?

I checked with the FIRM and it looks like no charge for spectators, but you'll have to sign a waiver. We usually park in the shade over by the old NASA bus (not that we'd be hard to find, but, you know, just trying to be helpful).

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/24/23 3:08 p.m.


Having "fun" in the garage. Volkswagens are great. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/24/23 3:34 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

I detect absolutely no sarcasm. None.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/24/23 5:04 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

You guys must all have air-conditioned shops down there, I don't know how you do it. I did my S52 swap in a gravel driveway in July/August in Oklahoma. But I was 27 and many fewer pounds then. 

My BRZ desperately needs washed, but I can't bring myself to get up at 6am on a Saturday/Sunday to beat the current heat wave.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/24/23 7:20 p.m.

I have a window unit in the shop that knocks the humidity back and keeps temperatures around 80 degrees, Tim has central A/C, and JG has a big fan and open doors. A/C isn't a necessity here, but it sure is nice.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/24/23 10:07 p.m.

Batteries are charged, camera’s ready, and I’m heading up to bed in a min. 

gsettle
gsettle New Reader
8/25/23 7:41 a.m.

What time are you all starting today?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
8/25/23 8:29 a.m.

In reply to gsettle :

We Should all be there by 9 AM

You'll need to log in to post.

Our Preferred Partners
uY5MWL2NBxZoWUaiHXIVREz51w3CRYpKynAb8xeGWoSJk2W1yMYx8OWkSVJpg3iu