After 27 years of front-drive race cars in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, the Scion FR-S will allow Hollywood A- and B-listers to compete in a rear-drive car. Scion has announced that the FR-S will become the official vehicle of the long-running annual race, replacing the aging Scion TC coupe. Enthusiasts can get their first look at the Scion FR-S race car at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
The race cars will be identically prepared, tuned to 210 hp with help from 100-octane racing fuel and TRD upgrades like a performance intake and stainless steel exhaust system. Other modifications include coilover shocks, a big brake kit with Hawk Performance brake pads, Centerforce single-disc racing clutch, and 18-inch TRD alloy wheels wheels wrapped in 225/40R18-size Bridgestone Potenza RE11 summer tires.
The race will take place Saturday, April 20 as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. A mix of celebrities and pro racers will compete for charity, benefiting children’s hospitals around the country. In the past, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has attracted names like George Lucas, Jay Leno, Keanu Reeves, Buzz Aldrin, and Tony Hawk. The last rear-drive car raced in the event was a third-generation Toyota Celica.
Though only half the cars will be driven by pros, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race may be our closest look yet at what an FR-S spec series would look like.