Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Videos , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Cosworth stands on the list of the most famous engine tuners in the world with its DFV engine engine dominating Formula One for a time in the ’70s. So when it teases plans to take on the FA20 engine from Subaru and Toyota found in the BRZ , Scion FR-S and Toyota GT86 abroad, our interest is indeed piqued. Cosworth is promising to take the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine from its current 200 horsepower all the way to 325 hp and even 380 hp in a future track version through a series of staged Power Packages. At the moment, only the first stage is available that takes the mill to a potent 230 hp. Cosworth says that its new strategy is to offer its upgrades in kits rather than individually so that it can be sure that everything works and fits when owners receive it. The Stage 1 Power Package emphasizes helping the FA20 breathe better and includes a nearly complete replacement for the stock exhaust system. There is a sports exhaust with four-inch, diagonally cut, polished tips and Y-shaped muffler, an overpipe front pipe with a spherical resonator and a new manifold header that is 22 percent lighter the standard unit. In addition to that, the kit comes with a software reflash, low temperature thermostat, Cosworth badge and plaque. The stage one kit is available now, and stages two and three go on sale later this summer, according to its website . Autoblog contacted Cosworth for pricing information for the kits.
Filed under: Car Buying , Hybrid , Marketing/Advertising , Hatchback , Toyota To commemorate the epic milestone of one million Prius hybrids sold in the United States , Toyota is literally giving away “Prius Goes Platinum” badges to more than 11,000 current Prius owners. If you own a Prius, don’t delay. Starting today, only the first 1,000 Prius owners who sign up at ToyotaPriusProjects.com will get their hands on a free custom-molded, adhesive-backed vehicle badge. The next 10,000 takers get their badges in sticker form, while everyone else gets their badges digitally. The auto-generated badge reflects, in an artistic sort of way, the CO2 emissions saved by each individual Prius. Attention Prius owners: Click here to claim your one-of-a-kind “Prius Goes Platinum” badge. Toyota offers free badge of honor to Prius owners originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 May 2011 18:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Read