Just when you thought Toyota Motor Company was done rolling out tricked-out cars for the 2012 SEMA show, the company’s Scion brand announced a handful of customized FR-S sports coupes that will be displayed next week in Las Vegas.
These three rides were born of the 2012 Scion Tuner Challenge, in which the automaker gave FR-S coupes to three tuners, but imposed a $15,000 budget and a three-month window to complete their modifications. One will be named the winner at SEMA, and given a $10,000 grand prize.
What creations were born as a result? Let’s take a quick look.
Daniel Song’s FR-S GT
According to Song, he wanted to unleash the FR-S’ “inner race car spirit,” and thus transformed his coupe into what could easily pass as a Japanese SuperGT race car.
The modified FR-S dons a widebody kit designed by JONSIBAL, carbon fiber rear spoiler and air foil, naca ducts, intake inlet headlamp, blacked-out lamps and emblems, tow hooks, etc. Its interior has been largely gutted, but does boast a full roll cage and harness bar, a Sparco racing bucket seat, quick-release steering wheel, custom radio and HVAC delete panels, and carbon fiber inner door panels.
Underhood, the 2.0-liter flat-four receives a Vortech V-3 H67 supercharger, which is paired with a air-to-air charge cooler, oversized mass airflow sensor, and a customized intake airbox. Catalytic convertor has been deleted, but car gains a high-flow radiator, short-shift kit, and a new clutch and flywheel from Clutch Master. Air Runner provided an adjustable air suspension, Tanabe threw in front and rear strut tower bars, and brake equipment– including four-piston calipers at each corner – was sourced from Brembo.
John Toca’s Carbon Stealth FR-S
Toca sought a car that was both show and go, and says his finished product is “great for cruising down a street or letting loose on a course.” Exterior amendments include a FiveAD aero kit, a custom carbon fiber hood, roof, and rear diffuser, unique front fascia with LED ighting, and functional side fender vents. Inside, the Carbon Stealth gains a chromoly 6-point roll cage, Sportser CS seats from Recaro, an Alcantara-trimmed headliner, and custom gauge pods for the dashboard. As Toca’s also an audiophile, the Carbon Stealth boasts a Soundstream 5-channel amp, two ten-inch subs, and a 7-inch LCD double DIN head unit. Interestingly, the sub box can easily be removed in order to shed weight before a track outing.
Like Song’s FR-S GT, Toca’s FR-S also boasts a Vortech supercharger and charge cooler. It also uses air suspension, albeit sourced from AirRex. Cusco contributed a host of parts, including front and rear strut tower braces and sway bars and a rear pillowball lateral link. KSport provided 8-piston front and 4-piston rear brake calipers, while Cor’s Cipher Max Concave wheels are wrapped in Pirelli Pzero rubber.
Chris Basselgia’s Minty FReSh
Apart from a punny play on words, Basselgia’s customization allegedly helps “enhance the beauty and performance that was already created by Scion.” It also scorches the retinas, thanks to its “Fresh Mint” exterior paint color. The Minty FReSh also boasts a custom lip kit, duck-bill spoiler, shaved antenna, and smoothed cowl (sans wipers) to help provide a smoother look. Inside, seats are trimmed in leather and ostrich leather, the package shelf is shaved, and a Nardi wood steering wheel is bolted onto a NR-G quick-release hub.
Basselgia’s FR-S is also supercharged, but uses an Eaton M62 roots-type blower. Other performance mods include a billet intake manifold (which hides a water-to-air intercooler hidden within its confines), air suspension from Airlift, Neo Motorsports brakes, Rotiform Super Concave wheels (painted in a “Root Beer” finish), and Falken FK453 tires.
Which of the three Scion FR-S coupes do you like most? How would you customize your dream FR-S? Send us your thoughts in the comments section below.