Matt Farah understands what makes for a sick race car. The host of Tuned has probably even seen and driven it all, yet there’s no mistaking the excitement in his voice when he was afforded the opportunity to check out VCMC Motorsports’ turbo-packed Scion FR-S at the Chukwalla Raceway in California.

As for the car itself, it was made in Canada by VCMC and Shift Auto Challenge as part of the Canadian version of the FR-S Tuner Challenge (the U.S. versions were all on display at SEMA). In achieving the 350-horsepower output on this FR-S, VCMC installed a motorsports-grade turbo kit, added nine pounds of boost and fitted KW Variant 3 coilovers, all while stripping down the interior to get rid of all the unnecessary components that don’t have a place in a full-blown race car, thus reducing the weight to about 2,400 pounds.

As you can imagine, Farah was impressed with the car after taking it out for a few laps at Chukwalla. We’d probably be as impressed too, if we had a chance to sit behind the wheel and go for a few laps, but we trust in Farah’s judgment. If it’s good for him, it’s good for us.

Besides, when you put 350 horses on that boxer-four engine and strip down the weight in the process, you know you have a pretty darn good weekend racer to play with.

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Source: YouTube - Drive

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8 comments:

  (346) posted on 01.13.2013

If I have to decide between this, Toyota and Subaru, I think my options would be Toyota, Subaru, Scion.

  (349) posted on 01.13.2013

if it’s true that the same platform is also on a Subaru and Toyota, why should I buy Scion?!

  (377) posted on 01.13.2013

I am not sure if I ever heard about this brand before...

  (341) posted on 01.13.2013

this car offers us many reasons to appreciate it. so, I like it.

  (346) posted on 01.13.2013

I like the way they colored this car. nice combination of grays and orange.

  (349) posted on 01.13.2013

"If it’s good for him, it’s good for us." mmmm, not really. I disagree that.

  (377) posted on 01.13.2013

the design seems quite borring to me.

  (397) posted on 01.13.2013

hmmm... if i remember well, this car has the same platform as Toyota GT86 and a Subaru, but I do not remember which one.

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