Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch has a very nice setting... in the mountains!
As track junkies, handling was a priority when planning the build of our Road to SEMA Scion FR-S. With lightweight TSW Interlagos wheels, sticky Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires and Eibach Pro Kit performance springs, our FR-S is a blast to drive. But, instead of just taking our word for it, we wanted an independent and notoriously tough judge to test the car. So, we called Matt Farah, founder and host of The Smoking Tire, host of DRIVE:Tuned and co-host of the The Car Show on Speed. Matt is also the auto host for G4TV's Attack of the Show. Man, he’s a busy guy…
Matt goes for the hoon, while Zack goes for the shot. So, who's the crazier one?
The plan was to meet Matt and his crew at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, NV, where he would compare our car to a stock FR-S. Matt loves the stock car, so we knew it was going to be a tough competition. Our original route had us leaving Stapp Interstate Scion in Frederick, CO at 8pm on Thursday and doing the 800-mile drive to Spring Mountain to arrive by noon on Friday. We would have time for a short hotel stop along the way to catch some rest. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. An early season snowstorm made Route 70 impassable through Vail, so we had to divert south through New Mexico. This added nearly 300 miles to the trip and cancelled our planned rest stop. But, as someone at the show noted, "you guys are hardcore," so, we pushed through. We still drove through snow for about three hours, and while it may have slowed us a bit, it was not enough to stop us. Side note to the folks at Vredestein: These are the best street tires I have ever driven on! They are outstanding in the dry and wet, and are certainly not designed for cold temps and snow, but they were simply amazing in the nasty conditions we saw. Thank you!
Yes, that's a Tarantula. And yes, it's flipping off Matt.
Shortly before dawn during the overnight drive, we pulled off the highway somewhere in Eastern Arizona to stretch our legs and water the sand. With zero light pollution and no buildings or trees, the sky was truly spectacular. Millions of stars stretched from horizon to horizon. It reminded me of why travel by car is always better than air travel. After the brief respite, we jumped back in the FR-S for the push to Pahrump.
We rolled into Spring Mountain at 11am, an hour ahead of schedule, which gave us time to clean up the Scion. After the 16-hour non-stop drive, the car was filthy to say the least. Mitch at Spring Mountain couldn't have been more gracious. He set us up with everything we needed to get the FR-S back to photo-ready condition. After a quick wash with a pressure washer, we broke out the products from Adam's Car Care. From windows and the matte vinyl wrap to the tires and wheels, we had the car standing tall in no time. Another note: Adam's Super VRT Tire and Trim Dressing comes out of the bottle thick, so it is much easier to apply. No drips and it goes where you want it. Smart.
Roger, Matt and Allan. We had been up for 36 hours at this point. Hence the dark glasses.
So how did Matt like the car? You'll have to tune into Attack of the Show or go to TheSmokingTire.com to find out. But, it was our first time at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. What a phenomenal facility! Nestled against a backdrop of beautiful mountains, this place is a paradise for car guys and we definitely want to come back. For our purposes, we drove the 1.5 course, which is one of 28 possible configurations. This course is technical and fun and well suited to the FR-S. On the track, the Eibach springs had the car flat in the corners and the Rotary Forged TSW wheels kept the unsprung weight down, aiding acceleration and braking. The car was so predictable to drive and handled every turn and transition with ease. Did I mention how much grip the tires have? Wow!
Thanks to the folks at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch for their warm hospitality which extended beyond the desert temps. With the weather turning colder back east, we need to figure an excuse to get back Spring Mountain this winter. Any excuse will do. Suggestions?