Hooked On Driving review: a newbie’s perspective

Subaru BRZ Thunderhill track day header

After hemming and hawing for years about signing up for my first track day, I finally bit the bullet a couple of months ago and signed up with a Hooked On Driving trackday at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Speaking with my friends about what track day organizations I should go with, Hooked On Driving was always… Continue reading Hooked On Driving review: a newbie’s perspective

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Moto Z Review: Do We Need Modular Phones?

motorola moto z style cover

When Motorola first announced the Moto Z and its modular attachments, I was excited. I loved the modular phone concept that LG started with the G5. But unlike the G5, the Moto Z could swap modules without shutting down the phone. I was baffled at how clunky LG’s modular design looked next to Motorola’s. However,… Continue reading Moto Z Review: Do We Need Modular Phones?

Beats Pill+ review: improved sound but still not enough

Beats Pill+

  I really hoped Apple would turn Beats around and make truly great sounding audio gear. The Beats Pill+ has improved tremendously over the original, but it's still not enough. I found the original Beats Pill to sound thin, even though it had a strong bass emphasis. The Pill+ improves on the Pill's sound in… Continue reading Beats Pill+ review: improved sound but still not enough

Review: Nameless Axelback with 5″ offset mufflers for BRZ/FR-S/GT86 [UPDATE w/ video]

Subaru BRZ Nameless Axleback

The stock exhaust on the BRZ sounds asthmatic. You can tell Subaru and Toyota wanted the car to be a relatively quiet daily driver but for us enthusiasts want a bit more sound. Subaru and Toyota engineered a sound pipe that connects to the intake tube to pump induction noise into the cabin but sounds… Continue reading Review: Nameless Axelback with 5″ offset mufflers for BRZ/FR-S/GT86 [UPDATE w/ video]

The LEGO Ferrari F40 is a masterpiece

LEGO Ferrari F40 front

The new LEGO Ferrari F40 model did justice to the car I obsessed over as a kid. At the time of its release, Ferrari was known for its V12 engines, which made the twin-turbo V8 F40 a bit of an oddball. The car made 471 HP and only weighed 2,400 lbs, which is about 300… Continue reading The LEGO Ferrari F40 is a masterpiece

11 reasons why I still love my Subaru BRZ

Foggy BRZ mountain

  The Subaru BRZ isn’t perfect. I’ve already written about the 12 most frustrating things about the BRZ but after three years of ownership, I’ve never been tempted to sell or trade in the car. The BRZ has always been a controversial car with critics lamenting its lack of power and its fans lauding its… Continue reading 11 reasons why I still love my Subaru BRZ

12 most frustrating things about the Subaru BRZ

I love my Subaru BRZ but it’s not without its frustrations. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise since the car is a cheap Japanese sports coupe after all. There are always compromises that manufacturers make when creating a car. Family sedans compromise fun and handling for luxury and utility. Sports cars compromise utility and… Continue reading 12 most frustrating things about the Subaru BRZ

Mann Engineering BRZ lowering springs (25mm) review

Subaru BRZ satin white pearl black wheels

  Disclosure: I won a set of Mann Engineering lowering springs from NorCal 86Drive end of summer raffle. I paid for installation and alignment. When it comes to modifying my Subaru BRZ, I'm relatively conservative. The car is so good from the factory, I don't want to mess up its handling and balance. When I won… Continue reading Mann Engineering BRZ lowering springs (25mm) review

Review: Grimmspeed lightweight crank pulley for BRZ and FR-S

Grimmspeed may be late to the lightweight crank pulley game but I'm glad it's finally out. When I saw the group buy thread on FT86club, I jumped on it immediately. So was it worth the wait? The Grimmspeed crank pulley isn't that much different from its competitors. It comes in a range of colors (I… Continue reading Review: Grimmspeed lightweight crank pulley for BRZ and FR-S

Record review: ODESZA – ‘In Return’

ODEZA In return album art

I rarely find an album where each song stands on its own. ODESZA's sophomore album, In Return, had me addicted from the start and kept me addicted through every track on the record. I was first hooked on their single, "Memories That Call You (feat. Monsoonsiren)," which I thought was phenomenal. I worried that the couple… Continue reading Record review: ODESZA – ‘In Return’