2013 Scion FR-S: Track Day Road Trip, Part II
January 28, 2013
Up until this point in its existence, our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S had only seen dry days. Life in SoCal has its benefits. This trip (part one here) would be the first time we'd find out how its more aggressive tires on wider wheels would fare in wet conditions.
But we'd gotten such a late start heading out of Los Angeles (plus the stops for photos, food and a visit to Sampson Communications to troubleshoot some equipment) that night had fallen by the time we'd peeled off Route 33 onto Highway 58. Fie, daylight savings. Now it's wet, cold and dark. It was quite likely that the soft compound of these Yokohama AD08s wouldn't have much bite on this, one of southern California's best driving roads.
This road, it turned out, was deceptive. Grip was admirable given the slip-prone conditions, and the FR-S continued to impress as a pointy, feedback-rich tool for driving. I love this car. Equally surprising was the pace Bitter Dan was able to maintain in his Exige, shod as it was on rather worn R-compounds. I would later find out just how I'd been tricked by Highway 58.
But more on that later. Right now I'm driving through the inky blackness of this unlit desert canyon road, and fairly pleased with the headlights performance. There's enough spill to the sides to light up where you're headed. I've yet to do a back-to-back test with these halogens on the FR-S versus the BRZ's HIDs. Mental note.
Then, boom, a wall of fog, right at the absolute best parts of this road. I'm having flashbacks to the last year. I'd run through here in Project Miata and it insisted on overheating and ruining this part of the drive. What are the chances?
From Highway 58 Bitter Dan and I tore north on Highway 229, a treat of a stretch that has recently been repaved. This road is one of our faves, and it never disappoints, all aggressive cambers and rises and fluid motion. There's no way it was laid out by some protractor-wielding dork.
Once that was out of our system we then found our way to 101 North to meet Sarah and Kurt in Paso Robles for grub.
Good cars, good driving, good friends and good food. That's a fine day.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor