Track Day Road Trip, Part II - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Track Day Road Trip, Part II

January 28, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

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.

2013 Scion FR-S

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


  • mnorm1_ mnorm1_ Posts:

    Remember back in the day when articles like this would generate dozens of comments? Then the site was improved to the point no one cares. The new layout is abysmal

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    "Protractor weilding dork[s]" are EXACTLY who build roads such as these! The terrain mandated the constraints that makes it exciting.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    mnorm--you're right. I've been clicking away trying to see the comments and post my own comments but the site is freezing up and behaving badly. can't sort comments today either. anyway, sounds like this was a good driving day for JK. any other comments on the other cars shown in this group, at least on a comparison basis? Wet roads = more slide on the new rubber, or not?

  • yellowmiata yellowmiata Posts:

    +1 to mnorm1 & noburgers The new format has kept me away from the site and reduces the number of reader comments. Not only does this new format poorly display on Safari, but it is not intuitive in terms of navigation and explanation. For example:

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    I miss Inside Line. :-(

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    I still hunt for my daily car info and knowledge from intelligent commenters. Too bad for this new format, I'm still pretty ignorant about cars..

  • roadburner roadburner Posts:

    It's actually worse than I expected; and based on Edmunds' previous track record of "improvements" that is saying something...

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