A while ago, Scion announced its usual "Tuner Challenge" competition for the upcoming 2013 SEMA Show . From all the entries the tuner had to select only three winners and each of them received a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days.
One of these modified cars will be a tC designed and modified by Young Tea, from Alhambra, Calif. His car was built in his personal garage and is suitable both for the track and daily driving.
His “Simpli-tC” concept took a base Scion tC and added an aggressive exterior kit that includes new fenders, a custom dual-outlet exhaust rear diffuser and many more, but it also lowered the car’s ride for a more aggressive look.
He did lots of work under the hood too, but up to this point the specifications figures have been kept a secret. However, we are pretty sure that his car will deliver more than the standard 180 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea.
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Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea in Detail
Front View Detail
From the front, we can see that this tC is slammed to the ground, and features a sharp-looking front apron. We can also make out a nice set of rims housed within enlarged fender flares.
Rear View Detail
From the rear we can see that the rear fenders are also flared out, plus there’s a molded rear hatch wing, a dual-outlet exhaust that cuts into a diffuser and custom red-out taillights.
Side view detail
Tea wanted to make his tC to look as aggressive as possible, so it opted to install a lowering suspension kit, a new set of wheels combined with TRD big-brake kit with high-performance brake pads.
For the interior the Simpli-tC adds a Sparco 777 leather steering wheel, Sparco four-point competition harnesses, Spaco Reflex racing pedals, racing bucket seats and custom color-matched interior trim pieces.
Under the hood Young Tea added a new turbocharger and manifold, new fuel injectors, and of course, a remapped the ECU. The kit also includes a new ARK performance quad-exit titanium exhaust system.
gallery: Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea
The curtains came up Tuesday on the three Scion Tuner Challenge cars ahead of their Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show debut in Las Vegas Nov. 5-8. The stars: three custom car builders representing tuner scenes in the East, the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. At the beginning of the competition, Scion gave each builder a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days.
Josh Croll of Mertztown, Pa., converted his tC to a right-hand drive model, the first in the world. Diverse influences came together in the car with the flashy hot rod orange color, European clean lines and shape, and wide wheels for a proper stance. As the owner of Croll’s Customs, Croll completed the work in-house.
“This tC is a modern day hot rod with clear Japanese roots,” Croll said. “It has the uniqueness, style and power to win this competition.”
Walter Franco of Seattle worked with DTM Autobody in El Monte, Calif., to create the sophisticated VIP look he envisioned. Franco, who owns a transportation lifestyle brand NAMSAYIN, brought in a luxury feel through a combination suede and leader interior with diamond stitching and pearl white exterior paint. He also put extra focus on the driver’s experience through the audio system and performance enhancements, including a shot of nitrous for added power.
“We aimed to reach that next level within the VIP style with performance capabilities and a good sense of design cohesiveness,” Franco said. “This build represents the new direction I want to bring to the industry and the skill represented here in the Pacific Northwest.”
Many know Young Tea of Alhambra, Calif., as the co-founder of the Scion FR-S community FRS86. He and his team took on the work themselves to showcase that a garage-built car can earn respect at the track and be driven daily. The “Simpli-tC” concept aimed to keep the design cues of the tC while extending the fenders, adding a custom dual-outlet exhaust rear diffuser and including an air suspension system to lower the car for shows.
“The tC popularized the concept of a cost-effective and easy-to-modify coupe, and that principle inspired this SEMA build,” Tea said. “We want to show people what you can build in the garage, and that you can be proud of your car.”
All three competition cars will be judged by a panel that includes representation from Super Street, a magazine dedicated to covering high-performance customized cars and lifestyle. Scion will announce the winner at 11 a.m. on Nov. 6 during the SEMA show. The winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize.
“Showing off the three Tuner Challenge builds ahead of SEMA lets more Scion enthusiasts see the incredible creativity and craftsmanship that went into these tC vehicles,” said Steve Hatanaka Scion marketing and special events manager. “We hope builders will be inspired by the versatility of the tC as displayed by our custom builders. Our panel will have a difficult job choosing the ultimate winner.”