Last encountered in deep candy red, we met up again with KY recently who is the owner of the Varis Subaru BRZ. Now wrapped in something more out of the world, it stood out from the rest of the pack at a recently car show held at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre.
KY has owned the 2014 Subaru BRZ for the last three years after purchasing it second hand from a used car dealership. Choosing the BRZ for the FR layout which is uncommon was a major reason over other choices in his procurement evaluation as the platform gave KY the opportunity to try out gymkhanas and other motorsport events.
With low mileage and a great factory paintjob, it did not take long for him to place a deposit down for the car. Three years has gone by, and it does not seem like that factory paint mattered anymore.
Having been through many changes over the past three years, the BRZ has gone through a list of colours, evolving from from white, to satin pink, to candy red, and finally wrapped in a galaxy red vinyl. Along with the colours, multiple modifications were experimented with, to the extent that KY has given up recalling all that he has done. Without boring anyone down, he estimates his latest dyno figures to be around 270whp.
After over a year of ownership, the thoughts of driving a standard bodied car became dreadful and KY toyed with the idea of installing a widebody kit. Scrolling through the vast universe (hah!) online, the Rocket Bunny series enticed him for a while before chancing upon images of the Varis Widebody Kit Type A – The one and only Varis kitted BRZ (and Toyota 86) in Singapore.
Sold by the curves and contours of Type A kit, an order was placed sometime in December 2017. The fitting and installation took almost six weeks to complete given the complexity of the work to be performed – and that included a change of colour to candy red.
Not too long after a year, KY signed up for IAM Singapore held at the Singapore Expo in August. One thing let to another, and it was decided that the BRZ would shed its skin for another colour once again. It was tough going for something unique whilst keeping things crimson. Scrolling through the world wide web, KY came across multiple purple space-themed designs and thought aloud – “What if I made my car galaxy red?”
Galaxy red it was, after a week at the shop, the BRZ was transformed.
We caught up with KY after the shoot with some questions.
9tro: Why did you choose the BRZ over any other car out there in the market?
KY: I chose the BRZ because it is a “purist car”. There aren’t any sub-models for the BRZ. All the engines that were made are the same, essentially the FA20. While yes, there has been facelifts and improvements made over the years of production of the BRZ/86, but it is still one of its kind.
I do use my car for Gymkhana events actively in Singapore but as a caveat - I am not exactly competitive. I usually sign up for practice runs just let the car take me away as the adrenaline I get from kicking the rear out and guiding the car into a graceful drift is breath-taking – Call it therapy if you must. There are events once every three to four months and that meant that my expenses for tyres and parts can be quite pricey. I would usually keep a few spares in my store and whip them out whenever I need a change of fresh tyres.
All in all, I have no regrets choosing the BRZ. To me, it’s not just a car, it’s more of a lifestyle. Living with the car makes me have something to be proud of, nothing can compare to the feeling I have when I am driving down town in my dream project car build.
Of course, it definitely helps that the car is in the good hands of SKM Motorworks, and that keeps everything tip top and in running order.
9tro: What do you aim to achieve with this car and what is next for the car?
KY: I am hoping to participate in more car shows and share my car build with fellow car enthusiasts. I really love talking about cars, be it Japanese, European, American... it does not matter. I do participate in car meets pretty often, and I enjoy talking to other car owners from all walks of life. I learn a lot from listening to other car enthusiast talk about their cars, and vice versa, I enjoy talking about my car build to others as well. I hope I can inspire more people to appreciate the car scene here in Singapore.
I do have many wild ideas for my car in the future. Once again, I have plans on changing the colour, rebuilding the engine with forged internals, and perhaps giving the interior a revamp. There is nothing concrete yet so my ideas and plans are still pretty much fluid. As time goes by, I will always think of something to work on the car. With technological advancement, and time spent online… you get my drift… Despite these impulsive decisions, I do not really regret making these purchases and I would seek maximum utilization from them
9tro: What was your last car, and what would your next ride be?
KY: My previous car was a 2008 Honda Civic – which coincidentally was also my first car. The Honda had served me well for two years before the COE ran out. Like this BRZ, it was also a project car which marked the beginning of my life as a car enthusiast. In comparison, the Honda was more of a DIY project where I would jack the car up in the middle of the night to tinder with it - this gave me some unique connection with the car, behind more intimately involved. That said, I am no mechanic and my overenthusiasm had resulted in a few calls for a tow truck. It was fun while it lasted.
Like all cars in Singapore, the BRZ has a defined run out date. I could choose to renew the COE if choose to, or I could buy a brand new car. In my case (for now), I foresee myself renewing the BRZ for another 10 years, AND still buy another car – I have been eyeing the 5.0L V8 Lexus RC F for a while now and I reckon I could achieve my target of owning one within the next four years.
Other than the Lexus RC F, I have had my eyes on the Godzilla – the almighty Nissan GTR. The name “GTR” needs no explanation which has been a legendary car even before I was conceived. It is one of the best cars ever created in my opinion, where a humble Japanese marque has beaten its more exotic and pricier competitors.
Check out the BRZ’s modification list below.
Full Varis Wide Body Kit
Carbon fibre Varis Splitter
Carbon fibre Varis Diffuser
Carbon fibre Varis Bonnet
Carbon fibre Varis Side Skirts
Carbon fibre Rocket Bunny GT Wing
Carbon fibre Door handles Overlay
Carbon fibre Roof Overlay
Carbon fibre Licence Plate Light Holder
Valenti Tail Lights
Valenti 4th Brake Light
BC Forged 18-inch Custom Rims
Yokohama AD08 Tyres
Brembo Gold 4 Piston Brake Kit
Defi Oil Pressure Gauge
Defi Oil Temperature Gauge
Defi Water Temperature Gauge
Customised Dash Carbon fibre Gauge holder
AEM Air Fuel Ratio Gauge
GCS Paddle Shifter Extenders
Recaro Pole Position Racing Seats
Cusco Drift Button
Kenwood Head Unit
Yankee Candle Pink Sands Scent
Performance and Engine
K&N Air Filter
HKS Hybrid Oil Filter
Grams throttle body
AVO Intake Pipe
Perrin oil cooler
Stark Performance ATF Cooler
Crawford Billet Power Block
HKS Hipermax IV GT Coilovers
Cusco 1.5 Way LSD
Revolution 4.8 Final Drive
Kakimoto Catback Exhaust