The Daily Hot Lap: Smooth as Silk Around Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Modified FRS

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California-based track event organizer Speed Ventures puts on quite a show, hosting a series of make/model specific time attack type events. One of their most popular series is the 86Cup, drawing out the fastest FRS and BRZ on the West Coast to show who can lay down the hottest of hot laps.

Today’s Daily Hot Lap comes from 86Cup regular, and current top dog in 86Cup’s Street Class, Mika De Coster. As of this writing, De Coster has swept the Street class in 2016, with 1st place finishes at every event. Sounds like he knows his way around both his FR-S and California’s fastest race tracks.


This 2013 FR-S has some choice modifications that make it perfect for the track. Check it out below:


  • ACE headers and front pipe
  • Nameless muffler delete
  • Custom EcuTek dyno tune
  • Jackson Racing oil cooler


  • Ohlins Road & Track coilovers
  • SPL lower control arms


  • AP Racing Sprint front big brake kit
  • Carbotech XP10 brake pads
  • Torque RT700 brake fluid


  • 17×8 +45 Enkei RPF1
  • 225/45R17 Yokohama AD08R

Those ACE headers are some of Japan’s finest, and when combined with the full exhaust setup, leaves this FR-S sounding like one mean competitor. Mika advised us that as awesome as this setup is on track, and as great as it sounds at wide open throttle, it’s way too much for street use. He actually wore ear plugs on the drive from Los Angeles to Buttonwillow Raceway Park. We say it’s worth it.



Enough talk, let’s see what #93 can do at Buttonwillow with today’s Hot Lap:

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Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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