As if we needed any more reasons to take a Subaru BRZ to the track, Subaru has just announced that it will be producing a racing-spec version of the car straight from the assembly line. The only problem is that the BRZ RA Racing is being offered for the Japanese domestic market only, and won't be visiting any road courses in the US any time soon.

To get the BRZ ready for some serious track time, Subaru added brake ducts beneath the front fascia, removable tow hooks and an oil cooler behind the grille. Inside, the car gets a factory six-point roll cage (including custom-fit floor mats) and a four-point race harness for the driver. Now we get to pricing where US enthusiasts will get even more miffed. The entire suite of racing add-ons increases the BRZ's price by 31,500 yen, which converts to less than $350 US; the total price of the car converts to right around $31,500 US.

There is a brief press release posted below, which has been translated (somewhat poorly) by Google.
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~ Can compete in ~ "GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race" announced the SUBARU BRZ "RA Racing" vehicles compete one-make race

January 25, 2013

Participation as a vehicle for one-make race 86/SUBARU BRZ TOYOTA, FHI, today announced the "RA Racing" was a charity race bodywork for SUBARU BRZ.

Based on the "RA" is the best grade to improve brake performance in the customization, Torsen LSD "RA Racing" is * 1 , equipped and air-cooled engine oil cooler. In addition, also decorated with safety equipment, such as 6-point roll cage and 4 point seat belt, was Mel specifications and enjoy with confidence the traveling circuit that assumes the race.

This vehicle, one make race "GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race" that is scheduled to take place from the summer of 2013: Toyota Techno Craft (supervision Toyota Cars Race association) * 2 will be released from the "86 Racing It is possible with the war. "

Under the brand statement "Confidence in Motion" Subaru, while through the "car making sure" to deliver "enjoyment and peace of mind", FHI, we aim to expand the Subaru fan. It is part of that commitment to one make race "GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race" at this time.

SUBARU BRZ
"RA Racing"


Major equipment - SUBARU BRZ "RA Racing"]

Front / rear ventilated disc brakes
brake ducts, dedicated & dedicated brake back plate (with vehicles left and right front)
Torsen LSD [limited-slip differential]
engine oil cooler, air-cooled
4-point seat belt certified (FIA ,) Exclusively designed for competition vehicles equipped * 3 & ‚Äč‚ÄčAnchor bolt mounting
point roll cage, 6 with sidebar
Manual air conditioning) with (clean filter
dedicated floor mat) vehicles equipped with seat driver / passenger (
front transport Hook & rear transport hook (with vehicle-Exclusively designed for competition)


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      Mikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks sweet! I'm one of the few people that love cars that are rockin' steelies.
        Brian Rautio
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mikey
        I can appreciate that, but unfortunately that set of steelies is roughly equivalent to packing foam. They don't bother putting nice wheels/tires because racers are generally obligated (or heavily prefer) to use a specific tire and/or wheel.
          Mikey
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brian Rautio
          I know, I've just always been a fan of the rat rod look.
      Ethan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tada talked about this during early stage during the development of this car, roll cages, no radio no a/c but hey is it new?? & did I just hear racing? with 200hp?? lol
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ethan
        You laugh at Spec Miata and Spec RX7 too? You are ignorant.
        bubba_roe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ethan
        You dont know much about cars do you?
        72CJ5driver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ethan
        If you think racing can\'t be done with 200hp or less, you are sorely mistaken. Thousands of race cars/series past and present are proof that you are wrong. Now if by racing you mean stoplight drag racing your dad\'s Chrysler 300C V8...
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Sorten Borten
        • 1 Year Ago
        The steelies look fantastic, but I hope they're not actually included with the track version. Adding unsprung mass is the last thing you want to do with a track car.
          axiomatik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          umm, they put cheap steelies on because a race team would just replace whatever wheels come on the car with wheels of their own choosing.
          bubba_roe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          The steelies are just so you can move the car.
      john
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Hey guys, I have this great idea for our car. Lets offer a track package" "Cool, do you think folks in the states will want it?" "Absolutely" "Fantastic! Lets make sure it never gets to the US" *head on desk*
        XT6Wagon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john
        cage is illegal for a street car in the US, and Subaru currently doesn't even get enough production to fill demand for its loaded version with its nice high profits.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @XT6Wagon
          Are you sure? I was under the impression that roll cages are 50 state legal.
          XT6Wagon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @XT6Wagon
          ok, clearly people don't understand. Its ILLEGAL for a car company to sell a street legal car with a cage. It simply won't pass crash testing as the dummy smashes his skull into bare steel. So Subaru could do something like remove the cage and sell it that way, or sell it as a non-street legal racing car. Most car companies who sell special models in other countries with cages simply go for the no cage idea when they bring them here.
      ugly rims
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the painted steel wheels better than the stock ones. They look good with that white.
      rotaryman
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's with the steelies?
        4RR4Y
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rotaryman
        Instead of selling customers a car with costly alloys that will be thrown out anyway for track duty, Subaru deletes them in favor of cheaper steelies.
        Dizzle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rotaryman
        Apparently Subaru has decided that more unsprung weight and rotational mass makes a better track car.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dizzle
          ^ 17x7.5" steelies weigh about 31 lbs each as compared to 17x7.5" alloys which weigh about 15 lbs. With all four wheels that is about 60 lbs of rotational unsprung mass. Needless to say, on the track you will notice a significant difference between steelies and alloys, especially on a car like this that doesn't make an overwhelming amount of power. There is no doubt that the steelies will be more rugged, but rugged wheels are rarely responsible for better lap times. Plus for 31 grand, I would expect nothing less than a good set of alloys; hell they should give you both for that price.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dizzle
          this actually sounds more like a Toyota philosophy
          Cory Stansbury
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dizzle
          I wouldn't be surprised at all if these steel wheels weigh less than the alloys. They're also less likely to catastrophically fail. Nothing wrong with steelies for track use.
          axiomatik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dizzle
          17x7.5 alloy wheels *can* be ~15 lbs, but ~20lbs is much more typical.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dizzle
          If Bassett can build 15x10 steel wheels that are under 16 pounds, I'm sure they could find a supplier to make 17x7.5s which are much closer to alloy weight than you think. According to Toyota, the stock wheels are 9.4 kg or 20.8 lbs.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dizzle
          Fair enough. However, you can tell from the picture that the steelies are not the same type of light weight steel wheels like those made by Bassett. I did take the liberty to compare standard steel wheels to light weight (but not the lightest) alloy wheels (i.e. O.Z. Alleggeritas). If you really think about it, both of our points are moot however. Realistically very few people who buy this car will let the bicycle sized wheels and tires on it for track use.
        Chris Doan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rotaryman
        In the racing world, just like tires, wheels are a consumable. Besides, having steelies will help keep the initial price of the car down since buyers will be getting their own wheel sets anyways. Same goes for the plain brakes that fit in those 16 inch steelies.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing new here, Subaru has always kept the best special editions to themselves in Japan. Sometimes the UK got special editions. You would think with how big their US market is they would offer it here :(. Oh we'll we can only hope for a STi edition, some more HP and bigger brakes is all this car needs :)
      • 1 Year Ago
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      NeomyJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't wait to see the racing Subaru model! With the energy that Subaru cars have, i am sure that this one will be superpowerful! Kudos subaru company. http://4wheelonline.com/American_Racing_Wheels.137575
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      but it wont be street legal its sold without a "street vin" Thats why the upgrades dont cost as much at least im thinking thats why. Its usually the twist.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      want so bad.....
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet now do this on the FRS ! to be honest 31k is alot for this kind of car....
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