If you believed you had to drive a Bugatti Veyron to enjoy an engine power of more than 1000 HP, you were wrong! A Scion tC with a few updates can take you for that same kind of ride, minus some luxury. It may have taken a lot of updates, but this Scion tC comes with a total output of 1100 HP.
The car was developed and custom built by Chris Rado and his racing team. It just made its debut last weekend at Road Atlanta and will be competing in the Time Attack series. This series won’t be anything new for the Scion considering Rado also suped up a tC for last year’s Time Attack series. The 1,100 tC will also be featured in the next Need for Speed.
This Scion tC was inspired by racing cars from the 60s and early 70s which saw the fastest race cars on the planet governed by next-to-no rules. This car has been a few years in the making. Rado really wanted a machine to take on the world’s fastest time attack cars, so an all new AWD Scion project would be needed.
Expect to see this beast in lots of 2011 competitions.
The second generation Scion tC made its world debut today at the 2010 New York Auto Show. It comes with an aggressive new look, new engine, and new technologies.
The 2011 tC is built on a new platform and features a specially tuned MacPherson strut front-suspension and a double-wishbone rear-suspension. Under the hood there is a new 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 180 hp (19hp and 11lbs.-ft. or torque more than the previous model) coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission with improved shift-feel or a six-speed automatic with two additional gears and sequential shift.
The exterior design gets protruding fender flares, a sleek front grille, and projector headlamps, while the modified cabin’s shape is inspired by the Scion FUSE concept unveiled back in 2006. Passengers can now relax comfortably in the elongated cabin with reclining rear seat that split 60/40.
The new Scion tC also arrives with key safety features such as standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), active front-headrests, and eight airbags.
UPDATE 08/06/2010: Scion has announced prices for the 2011 Scion tC sports coupe. You can purchase the tC with a manual transmission for only $18,275 or with an automatic transmission for $19,275. Both also carry a $720 destination and handling charge.
Gamers, start exercising those thumbs. Do whatever stretches, twists, turns, and other preparations necessary to ready yourself for the most rewarding game one can play. The Unlock The tC Road Trip Game is an 8-week interactive online and real world competition that will allow players to battle it out for a chance to win a 2011 Scion tC. The pre-registration began yesterday and will continue until June 1, 2010 when the game goes live. Any player who pre-registers will also receive a bonus instant-win play where a player can win 1 of over 140 prizes being offered.
Four finalists will win a trip for two to the VIP party in Los Angeles where they will compete to win a sweet 2011 Scion tC.
Hit the jump for the full story including where to go to register!
Scion unveiled the redesigned tC sports coupe at the New York Auto Show and ever since then there have been rumors about a convertible version for 2012. If these rumors turn out to be true then this will be Scion’s first ever convertible. It will carry a price tag of less than $20K and will compete with models like the Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper Cabrio, and Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.
Like the coupe version, the tC Convertible will be powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 180 hp coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission with improved shift-feel or a six-speed automatic with two additional gears and sequential shift.
We think saying it will "compete" with the models listed above is a little much especially when a classic muscle car featuring 305hp gets thrown in the mix. The Eclipse and the Mini Cooper Cabrio are a little more the convertible’s tC’s speed with the Eclipse running 162hp and the Mini Cooper traveling at a measly 118hp without counting the turbo version which powers 175hp. It’s a nice try though. Maybe with a few adjustments here and there, it will improve in the next few years.
The second generation Scion tC received its first customization program from Five Axis and is currently on display at the 2010 New York Auto Show. The Five Axis tC features a four-inch wide-body conversion, a unique House of Color custom formulated exterior paint by the name of Bloodshot, a Tein adjustable coil-over suspension, a TRD custom Big Brake kit, and 20-inch Yokahama Advan Sport tires mounted onto five AD R5:F wheels.
The interior gets a custom leather-trimmed seats with Ultrasuede EcoDesign inserts, Chilewich floor mats, and upholstery by Little John’s Interior Concepts.
This is not the first time Five Axis has had their crazy, creative hands on a Scion. They have actually worked on every Scion model from the tC to the xA so this custom job comes as no surprise to us.
Remember that teaser video we had of Tanner Foust performing a drift along the famed strip of Mulholland Drive?
Well, here’s the whole video for you to enjoy.
The whole video was masterfully shot and the edits and cuts to the car’s interior as well as the slow-motion shots of Foust’s Rockstar Scion tC drift car is just plain mind-blowing. Foust manoeuvres his drift car with so much ease you’d actually think he was sipping on some Rockstar inside the car. But in all seriousness, there’s nothing like seeing someone do drift after drift after drift in a pretty intimidating road like Mulholland Drive, especially at that stretch Los Angelinos have come to call ‘The Snake’.
There needs to be some serious driving and drifting skills involved if anybody can even attempt to replicate what Tanner Foust did, which, if you still haven’t seen yet, you should watch right about now.
Tanner Foust is no stranger to posting drift videos at the Internet. Actually, he does them just about all the time. So it didn’t come as a surprise to any of us that Mr. Foust himself is starting a new drift series sometime in March.
Driving his trusty rear-drive V8-powered Scion tC, Foust’s first teaser video of his new Street Drift Series sees him making a smoking drift – and in slow mo, no less – across out computer screens with the words ‘Street Drift: Mulholland’ bonking up the entire screen shortly thereafter.
We’ve seen a lot of Tanner Foust’s drift videos over the years but we still can’t help but get all geeked up for his new drift series. Maybe – and we’re keeping our fingers crossed – we can see more of those slow-mo drifts in the future with lots and lots of smoke.
The fun loving youth oriented Japanese automaker Scion likes to release limited edition versions of their compact vehicles, like the Scion tC Release Series 6.0 that will be unveiled at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. The special edition Scion tC features a vivid Speedway Blue paint scheme complete with a unique matte black vinyl graphic running the length of the car that features the RS 6.0 logo pasted to the rear quarter panel with the same blue motif continuing on the compact’s interior, dressing up the seat inserts and color matched accent stitching on the leather wrapped steering wheel.
Standard equipment for all 1100 Release Series 6.0 tC’s includes a 4.3 inch touch screen Navigation display, iPod/USB connectivity, 200 Watt sound system with HD Radio and individualized identification plaques mounted at the top of the center stack to let owners know that they are behind the wheel of something special. Prices for the tC Release Series 6.0 will start at $18,620 for a manual version and climb all the way up to $19,420 for an automatic equipped limited edition Speedway Blue Scion tC.
On paper, this doesn’t sound like a fair fight; a Nissan GT-R taking on a pair of Scion TC drift cars. While we’re the first ones to admit that the GT-R is capable of many things, drifting surely isn’t one of them, and especially if you pit it against a pair of Scion TCs that’s sole purpose in life is to drift.
Without going into speculation mode on whether or not the GT-R can hold its own against these Scion TC drift cars, Motor Trend decided unleash all three cars around the El Toro airfield. In a flat-out run that had both long straights and drifting corners, all three cars showed their strong suits and as the narrator says, “it’s not about the time, it’s about the experience of being behind the wheel in one of these cars.”
Check out the video to see how the Nissan GT-R did against the two Scion TC drift cars.
Epic Cartel came at SEMA Show with a customized Scion tC. The tC has been 3" with B-Pillars and center glass roof section has been removed and reinforced completely.
The customization kit includes: TRD Supercharger kit, TRD LDS Unit
Cartel Side Exit Exhaust, OME Sport Header and 22x8 Cartel Designed Billet 3-piece forged vellano rims. On the exterior it adds custom metal fabrication interior & exterior panels and a pearl white base paint with two-tone graphics & ghosted logos throughout.