How is it that someone can go out and buy a brand new car and mod it before the thing is even broken in?
According to subaru the break in period is only 1k miles, keep it under 4K. I could put 4K on it in a week.
They did it because being the first to the market with an expensive turbo kit will help them sell more initially to the people who bought the car and have the money to mod it right away. In a few years when prices are being driven down by cheaper kits margins will shrink and it will be harder to recoupe the cost of the car.
Friend did it with the Scion tC, one of the first turbocharged tCs and the first automatic turbocharged tC, which ultimately lead to many problems haha.
Quoted from another site, allegedly pulled From 949Racing's Facebook page (I say allegedly only because I have not verified it personally):
Some FR-S test results from Buttonwillow 13CW this weekend. In each case, I did maybe 1-2 hot laps then came in. I had a total of 8-10 full laps for the entire day, 1-2 laps at at time then in for changes. I had to adapt to whatever changes we made on the out lap, go for it then back in for more adjustments or switch drivers. The car's owner did the bulk of the driving. So most of my laps had little errors, or traffic. I'd say each lap time posted here left 1s on the table in the same conditions. All runs 100% as delivered from dealer unless otherwise mentioned.
1. 100% bone stock + Carbotech XP10/XP8 pads, 85° 2:12.1
2. 255/40/17 RS3 on 17x9, Subaru "crash" alignment bolts, 90° 2:07.1
3. Same as 2, + prototype AST 4150's, 93°, 2:03.75. This lap had three big mistakes.
Too hot and ran out of time to test much else. Lots left on the table. Sub 2:00 car on RS3's in cool weather with a few tweaks to the coilover setup. Wanted to test the Ventus TD C71's but didn't get them in time. That would have been high 1:58's I think. Yes, the FR-S is fast.
If I have my facts straight, the 2:03.75 is on par with Emilio's NB2-engined 95R SuperMiata street project car (2:03.16 on 2012-01-30) and a few hundredths slower than the old silver 1999 rental car's 2010 time of 2:03.39 (before it became Crusher).
Not too shabby for a wheel, tire, brake pad and coilover change in 93* heat and not much seat time in that vehicle.
Road & Track took a MazdaSpeed 3, WRX and FR-S to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. They ran them on stock tires, then swapped stock-sized Star Specs and then 18" Star Specs on 7.5" wide Advan RG-II wheels on to the FR-S.
* MS3: 1:27.6 (stock 225/40-18 Dunlop SP Sport 2050)
* WRX: 1:28.3 (stock 235/45-17 Dunlop SP Sport 01)
* FR-S: 1:29.3 (stock 215/45-17 Primacy HP)
* FR-S: 1:27.0 (215/45-17 Star Spec)
* FR-S: 1:27.6 (235/40-18 Star Spec)
For what it's worth, Tire Rack lists the MS3's SP Sport 2050 as an "Ultra High Performance Summer" tire and the Star Spec as an "Extreme Performance Summer" tire. The Primacy HP is a low rolling resistance (LRR) qualified Grand Touring Summer tire.