Friday, October 31, 2014

Scion Challenged Three Media Outlets to Build the Ultimate FR-S—These Are the Results

Scion FR-S GT Channel concept
Scion's annual Tuner Challenge, in which three tuners are given a Scion, $15,000, and 90 days to customize the car for the SEMA show, has become something we look forward to every year. For 2014, Scion has changed things up: instead of handing the cars over to tuners, the automaker issued its challenge to three media outlets: Super Street, Speedhunters, and the GT Channel. Just days before the cars (which are intended to take inspiration from the FR-S Release Series 1.0) make their official debut in Vegas, Scion has just provided some information and a slick YouTube video of how each team's ride is coming along.

GT Channel Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S

Scion FR-S GT Channel concept
The GT Channel chose to keep the body of its vinyl-wrapped FR-S mostly stock (i.e.: it didn't fatten it) but it did add a sweet lower body kit, a modest (by SEMA standards) rear wing, and TRD HID headlights. The team also swapped in new taillights, side mirrors, and matte-blue 18-inch wheels. The hood, trunk cover, and rear diffuser are all carbon-fiber pieces. An HKS supercharger kit, a Ganador exhaust system, and a slammed suspension add some go to the Scion's show, while the interior has been dressed with a TRD steering wheel and shift knob, Recaro seats, harnesses, and of course an upgraded sound system.

Speedhunters Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S

Scion FR-S Speedhunters concept
entry is old-school in the best way possible. Think of vintage TRD, TRA Kyoto, Trans-Am, pro touring, and muscle cars, and it's difficult not to draw a link. The team's FR-S employs a Cosworth supercharger kit and a 3-inch single exit exhaust, among many other engine upgrades, and a suspension that drops the wide-body Scion down on its custom Rotiform 17-inch wheels. The body gets a new front splitter, fender flares, and hood louvers. The mirrors and door handles have been shorn off, and even the door glass was removed. The interior gets a four-point roll cage, low-back bucket seats, leather upholstery, and a quick-release steering wheel hub.

Super Street Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S

Scion FR-S Super Street concept
The team from Super Street chose to stay close to the overall look and color scheme of the FR-S Release Series 1.0 with its build car, only they cranked up the volume in pretty much every way. The body wears painted carbon-fiber side sill and splitter extensions, hood and trunk, and huge fender flares, all slammed down on top of ultra-wide 18-inch BBS wheels. The interior gets Recaros, a six-point roll cage, a quick-release steering wheel hub, custom upholstery, and massive audio upgrades. Under the hood, the FR-S' boxer four engine gets individual throttle bodies and breathes through a Borla header and cat-back exhaust with quad tips.

2014 SEMA Show full coverage

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