Just recently, we announced that Scion was planning a friendly little competition for the 2012 SEMA Show. In this contest, Scion handed each of three tuners a 2013 Scion FR-S base model and a $15,000 budget. The task at hand: to build the most awesome FR-S inside of the $15K budget. For their work, Scion will hand over a $10,000 grand prize.
The unfortunate reality of this contest is that, like most SEMA cars, these three FR-S’ will likely be stripped and crushed just after the show, but we get to enjoy them for just a short amount of time. Scion has decided to let us in on the main specs of the three cars as we close in on the opening of SEMA, and one of these models is the “Carbon Stealth” FR-S by John Toca.
Scion’s release on this car indicates that John built this car to give you the practicality and enjoyment desired from a daily driver, but the ability to toss it around a track at the drop of a hat. So, is this custom-built Scion FR-S really up to snuff?
Scion’sFR-S Tuner Challenge will pit three different - and talented auto builders - against one another to see who could build the ultimate custom-tuned FR-S. One of these tuners is Daniel Song from Orange County, California.
In his quest to build the winning FR-S, Song decided to center his program around a performance sports car that driving enthusiasts will come to enjoy. So he set about to build his take on a "no-nonsense, function built, raw, aggressive, and sinister race bred" sports car that he appropriately billed as the "FR-S GT."
His creation, together with the other custom tuned FR-S models that will be competing at the FR-S Tuner Challenge, will be on hand at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. As a first time contestant to the Scion Tuner Challenge, Song is leaving no stones unturned with the FR-S GT. He’s coming to impress, and by the looks and specs of the car, he did a splendid job in doing just that.
Find out more about Daniel Song’s Scion FR-S GT after the jump.
Auto detailer extraordinaire, Meguiar’s, is always a fixture at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Every time the show rolls around in Vegas, they’re always there with a new program. This year, Meguiar’s, together with Shoreline Motoring, will be bringing the Scion FR-S "NuR" Concept.
With an eye towards building an FR-S that extends the credentials of the sports car beyond production form, Meguiar’s wanted to create a concept that will not only look at home next to uber class sport cars but also have the performance characteristics to run with the best of the best.
The FR-S "NuR" Concept was given a sportier aesthetic profile that features ChargeSpeed Carbon aero pieces like a front lip, side skirts, and rear caps. There’s also a new FiveAD rear trunk spoiler, modified headlight and taillight housings, and a new set of 19" Forgeline GA1R wheels. To give the "NuR" Concept a truly distinctive Meguiar’s look, the FR-S was given the company’s unmistakable "Fly Yellow" paint finish with racing stripes in Matte Gunmetal.
Inside, the "NuR" Concept was improved to carry a black leather and grey Alcantara with matching yellow contrast stitching on various parts of the car, including the dash, seats, headliner, steering wheel, shifter, and floor mats. Custom yellow seat belts are also part of the package, as are the dash panels that have been wrapped in Meguiar’s Carbon Black Wraptivo.
Under its hood, the "Nur" Concept was also given serious performance modifications. The highlight of this program is the Vortech Supercharger system that was developed to boost power and seamlessly touch inline with the bespoke hi-flow mid pipe and complete exhaust system by Motiv Concepts.
Before the FR-S sports car burst into the auto scene in late 2011, Scion didn’t have a whole lot of street cred when it came to the aftermarket world. Sure, the iQ has been the subject of some projects in the past, but it didn’t really capture the imagination of a lot of people, particularly because the iQ is still a compact hatchback that offered little in the way of performance.
But with the FR-S, Scion has definitely turned the tables on the industry, earning itself the kind of swag befitting of the quarterback at a high school party.
Well, the aftermarket party that is the 2012 SEMA Auto Show will be the site of the FR-S Tuner Challenge and the Toyota-owned brand is ready to drop three custom-built FR-S models, at least based on the teasers that have just been released, that will make you drop your pants on the floor.
Not much was given in the way of details regarding the three custom-built FRS models, except that all three look about as stunning as any tuned FRS models we’ve ever seen.
If you remember, we showed you a teaser video of the challenge that included the identities of the three tuners who are part of the competition. We don’t know who owns what project, but if we could just split the award three ways to all three fellas, we wouldn’t have any problems doing so.
Be that as it may, there will be one winner and Scion will announce who takes home the title at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.
One of the most eagerly anticipated events at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, at least in our book, is the presentation of the three cars competing in Scion’s annual Tuner Challenge. This year, the Toyota-owned automaker decided to give three of the country’s best builders a chance to create their own custom FR-S in time for SEMA.
The three - John Toca from Chicago, Illinois, Daniel Song from Orange County, California, and Chris Basselgia from Lebanon, Pennsylvania - were each given a stock FR-S model to work with. On top of that, they were allocated a budget of $15,000 and three months to finish their project.
Needless to say, with SEMA less than two weeks away, we expect all three custom FR-S models to be on the last stages of their development before heading over to Las Vegas. We’re pretty excited to see what these three talented builders did with their respective FR-S models.
But before we get a chance to look at each one of them, we’ll have to settle for this teaser video that Scion presented of the FR-S Tuner Challenge 2012.
Last month, US tuner Stillen launched a contest that let fans be in charge of designing a Scion FR-S coupe. The winner would have his design built by Stillen in addition to winning a two-night stay in Las Vegas for this year’s SEMA Show. His very own design would also be exhibited at the SEMA floor. So with a month to prepare and design their own versions of the FR-S, over 100 designers took up Stillen’s offer and put their designing hats to good use, all while using only a number of Stillen’s templates.
In the end, the US tuner picked five of its favorite designs, including two from Greg Thompson and one each from Paul Kim, Mohamad Irfendy, and Michael Caneda. From here, the power turns to the public where they get the chance to pick their favorite designs.
Voting is already underway so if you like one of these designs more than the others, let your clicks matter.
The countdown towards one of the most highly anticipated auto shows of the calendar year has officially began.
Well, technically, there really is no official countdown leading up to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. But don’t tell that to the guys over at Fox Marketing, who seem to be gearing up for the event with a couple of Scion FR-S projects.
A few weeks ago, they teased us with a program they’re building for Yonaka Motorsports. Now, they’re releasing another program, this time for Takata Racing. Confused? Don’t be.
Similar to the Yonaka FR-S, the Takata version will be a race-prepared model of the Scion sports coupe, complete with lively decals and a new body kit that includes a front grille, side splitters, and a rear racing wing, among other things.
Details on the car’s engine program are still vague at this point, but Fox Marketing has given indication that the Takata Racing FR-S will carry what they’re saying as the only HKS-powered supercharged in the US.
How much of an improvement will that give to the FR-S’ output is still unknown, but the mere mention of ’supercharger’ already has us salivating to find out.
UPDATE 10/18/12: The fellas over at Fox Marketing have dropped a new photo of the side profile of their Scion FR-S Takata project, which will make its debut at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Check it out!
One would think that living in America would have its advantages. Don’t get us wrong; we love the merits of the good ’ol U-S-of-A, but sometimes, this country doesn’t always get what it wants.
Take the recent news about the Scion FR-S Convertible as an example. The new Japanese sports coupe is available in the US as a coupe model, but according to AutoNews, that’s as far as it gets.
Due to "pricing issues," Toyota has announced that the convertible model of the FR-S will not be made available in the US. You read that right: not available in the US.
We don’t know about you, but this news is pretty devastating, especially for those who have been waiting for a topless version of the FR-S. As if to rub salt on our wounds, Toyota has given the green light to bring a convertible model of the Toyota GT86 in a number of other markets all over the world.
As for the third sister in this trifecta, the Subaru BRZ Convertible, there’s been no confirmation on whether one will come in the future.
But no Scion FR-S Convertible in the US? Bummer. Bummer, indeed.
The brand new Scion FR-S is out to show the world (in it various automaker versions) just how spectacular of a sports car it can really be, but can it live to some of the veterans on the market? AutoGuide recently went searching for an answer to that question when it stacked the FR-S against the now famous Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Both models are priced under $30K and come with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines, but the Genesis Coupe delivers an extra 74 HP (274 HP vs. 200 HP). So, what does the FR-S bring to the table to try to overtake the Genesis Coupe?
AutoGuide’s goal was to see which of the two models was the quickest around their 1.86-mile 11-turn test track. The results show that the Genesis Coupe earned a time of 1 minute and 25 seconds. The FR-S wasn’t too far behind as it posted a time of 1 minute and 26 seconds. With such close results, it would really come down to everything else. Which vehicle would you buy? Check out the video and let us know in the comments section below!/p>
For all of the press and hype surrounding the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ, not a lot of people know or have given love to the third model of the bunch, the Scion FR-S.
All that’s about to change because the Scion FR-S has arrived. For those that have shed rivers of tears when they found out that neither the GT 86 nor the BRZ were headed Stateside, news that the FR-S will arrive in America is tantamount to a post Thanksgiving blessing.
Now, we’ve actually seen a concept version of the FR-S - called the FR-S Concept - at the New York Auto Show, so it really didn’t come as a surprise to a lot of us that the sports coupe was coming to the US, but seeing the concept and seeing the production version are two different things.
It doesn’t even matter that we’re not getting the GT 86 and the BRZ. We have the FR-S, and just like a child that comes to us, we’re going to shower it with as much love as we can possibly give.
UPDATE 07/24/2012:Scion has unveiled a new commercial for their latest FR-S sports coupe. Called "Kick Some Asphalt" the new commercial shows an x-ray of the FR-S’ front-mounted flat boxer engine. Enjoy!
Find out more about the Scion FR-S after the jump.