One car that is starting show up in greater numbers at NASA events is the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86/FRS, and the aftermarket is serving up a bevy of products to help these cars stand up to the rigors of track duty.
The first system to upgrade is almost always brakes. If you have a Subaru BRZ, chances are you have the bigger brakes, so track-ready pads and stainless-steel brake hoses are a good upgrade. All 2013-2016 Subaru BRZ models in Premium and Limited trim, have larger diameter front rotors and vented rear rotors, lifted from the 2008 to 2014 WRX. Adding new rotors is also a good idea if you’re adding track-duty pads.
2017 and newer Subaru BRZ models have the same brakes except for the Performance Package option, which comes equipped with Brembos.
If you have a base model Toyota FRS/GT86, you will have the smaller brakes, but it is possible to upgrade to the larger brakes from the BRZ. Front calipers and rotors should be direct swap. The rear also will need the rear calipers from the Subaru because the upgraded vented rotors are thicker.
When NASA’s sales and marketing manager Aldrin Villanueva wanted to upgrade his BRZ, he turned to NASA partner Raybestos, which supplied the pads and rotors. For brake hoses, he went with StopTech, and to take the upgrade one step further, he opted for a Racer X master cylinder brace.
Villanueva invited Speed News along to photograph the upgrade the morning of Labor Day. As with any upgrade, it turned into more labor and took more of the day than we expected, but the results speak for themselves. A much firmer pedal, better bite and increased braking power. Here’s how the proceedings went.