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Back in 2004 I purchased a Subaru WRX for a daily driver/weekend autocross and track day car. I added a number of suspension mods to get the car more competitive and eventually purchased a truck and made the Subaru stand alone weekend warrior that I stored winters. After 10 years of owning the car I was ready for more power, but with now having 2 little kids, 60 hour work weeks, and a home to take care of I didn't want to add the power to the WRX. I wanted something that was good out of the box, and only needed some minor upgrades for track use. I've worked for a GM dealer for most of my adult life, but never came across a GM product that suited my needs (that I could afford). I considered a used C5 Z06, but really wanted something new so that was out of the question. I had a chance to autocross a BRZ and loved how the car handled, but wanted more power, and I didn't want to have to add it myself. I waited for a BRZ STI, but it never came. Our dealer participated in a program with GM that had engineers come and spend the day in the service department observing the day to day operations from writing repair orders, fixing cars, to delivering the car to the customer. One of the engineers was a chassis engineers working on the ATS Alpha platform. He was a car guy about my age, and we shared a lot of the same interest. We started talking cars and I told him of my dilemma and he suggested a Camaro SS with the 1LE package. I'd never heard of it, or even considered a Camaro. I remember driving a 2010 SS at an autocross and couldn't get over how big that pig under steered. So I started researching this car, after a short time I was sold. I sold my WRX, ordered a Summit White 2014 1SS with Recaros and Duel Mode Exhaust. The car came in December 23rd and was trailered home to my garage where it sat for 4 months until it was nice enough to drive it. It's been a year and a half since I purchased this car and 5,000 miles later and two sets of tires, I couldn't be happier! I autocrossed the car the first year I had it and burned through a set of tires in 3700 miles. I also did a few track days last year too. I've decided after over 10 years of autocrossing that this year I wasn't going to. The main reason was the lack of seat time for the amount of time I'm there. I'd rather do 4 track days a year instead of 10 autocrosses. Since purchasing the car I've installed a harness bar, 6 point harness, tank plates for the harness, skip shift eliminator, CTSV front calipers, 2 piece rotors, CTSV factory pads, Quantum Brake Ducts, and a single stand alone oil cooler replacing the factory set up. The oil cooler has been an on going project as the single cooler didn't have much effect on lowering oil temps during track days. I've since added an additional cooler, I've notched the front crash bumper and boxed it so it keeps its strength, I've moved the coolers closer to the AC condenser as well. So far the car seems to run about 30 degrees cool (oil temp) during normal street driving. I had a hard time getting the temps over 205 and not getting arrested. My next track day is only a few days away, and that will be the real test.
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