2012 has be a busy, but exciting year for GReddy Performance Products. With 2013 coming quick, we would like to take a moment to look back at some important highlights from 2012..
(while we are on our Winter Holiday Break. we will return Jan.2nd)
The biggest news came early in the year, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was announced by Scion VP, Jack Hollis that GReddy would team up with Ken Gushi and Scion Racing to campaign the very first Scion FR-S in professional drifting.
Ken Gushi behind the wheel of the GReddy Performance X Scion Racing Drift FR-S for the 2012 Formula Drift Pro Championships. The GReddy team was off to a running start, finishing in the top 8 (out of 60 teams) in our debut race. Improvements made for each round, keep the FR-S consistent and competitive. Ending our first FD season in 8th in the championships, with a 4th place best finish in round 5, Seattle. (GReddy FormulaD blog posts)
|GReddy Performance X Scion Racing Drift FR-S
That same month, at the world famous 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, the GReddy 35RX GT-R project was awarded the prestigious "2012 Best Concept Car Award." The aggressive and functional BenSopra aero kit matched with the 1200+hp GReddy upgrades pushed the 35RX to over 200mph with Tarzan Yamada for a Fuji Speedway top speed challenge record.
(video: GReddy 35RX High Speed Record )
While state-side, GReddy teamed up with USA Authorized GReddy Dealers to further push the envelop of R35 GT-R tuning. One great example was Hing's SP Engineering built, GReddy powered 1200hp GT-R, which at the time, broke the quarter mile record with an 8.79sec pass at 167mph.
2012 also saw the return of our popular GReddy Evolution line of exhaust systems. In the Evo3 systems, improvements come in a more compact off-set-tip muffler canister, with larger piping diameters and carefully crafted layouts for our idea combination of Performance, Sound and Style. (GReddy Evo3 Exhausts applications)
And to complement GReddy exhaust, we have intruduced a new line of USA specific GReddy Air Intake Systems. The new systems are based around our new dry, multilayer synthetic air filter for improved filtration and great flow. There are many applications to match most popular GReddy Exhausts. (GReddy Air Intake Systems)
On the electronics side of performance products. We introduced our innovate solution for avoiding the use multiple gauges and complex installation. The GReddy Multi D/A Gauge (Digital / Analog) system allow to monitor upto 3 sensors, while having access to connecting 7 sensors. All sensor wiring remains in the engine compartment for easy installation. The selectable LED back-lighting allows it to match almost any vehicle. (GReddy Multi D/A Gauges)
Another exciting release was our new and improved Profec, electronic boost controller. With improved performance and being easier to use, the latest GReddy Profec packs useful features in it's new high visibility OLED display / controller. And like the Multi D/A gauge, institution is made simple by containing sensor wiring to within the engine compartment. (GReddy Profec)
In other racing news, the GReddy team once again teamed up with Scion Racing to attack the infamous PPIHC (Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.) With our very own R&D technician, Takeshi Aizawa at the wheel of the turbo-charged street time attack GReddy tC and ACP (Andrew Comrie-Picard) driving the GReddy turbo-charged Rally xD, the Scion Racing Team raced to the clouds in the 90th running of this legendary race in 2012.
The GReddy turbocharged Rally xD later when on to finish 2nd in the 2012 two-wheel drive national Rally America Championships, in it's first full season. ( videos: RallyxD, Scion Racing )
With the release of the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86, 2012 was also a very busy time for the GReddy R&D departments. Like our GT-R development, we test vehicles both in the USA and Japan to bring well tested GReddy products to market. And to share the latest FRS/BRZ news, we also added a GReddyFRS Facebook page as well as a specific FRS/BRZ page (GReddy FR-S/BRZ)
With performance products like exhausts, air intakes, even a turbo kit being released for the FR-S, we also brokered a deal to bring the TRA Kyoto designs of world famous designer Mr. Miura to the USA in the form of the GReddy X Rocket Bunny Aero Kit for the FR-S and the GT-R Aero kit from BenSopra.
2012 also brought 3 more USA magazine covers, for the the GReddy FRS' in 2012, we look forward another ground breaking year of Performance Products, Racing and Fun in 2013!
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