Scion will once again return to the Colorado mountains to make a run up to 14,110 feet in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, marking the fifth consecutive year the brand has sought to tackle the intimidating event.
The effort is a collaboration between SoCal-based speed shop and aftermarket-parts provider Evasive Motorsports, Japanese tuner GReddy Performance, and North American wheel-importer Mackin Industries, all of which will support a specially modified FR-S coupe race car in its bid to conquer the winding summit road. Other major sponsors include Scion Racing, Toyo Tires, Turn14 Distribution, Garrett and Sparco.
Piloting the lightweight two-door will be American time attack-driver Robert Walker, who will make his third attempt at the Peak this year. Walker’s previous runs include time behind the wheel of the 2013 Scion FR-S Evasive Motorsports Time Attack car, which debuted at the 2012 SEMA show and has seen competition in national and international time-attack events (you can check out HD in-car footage of last year’s run in the above video, which shows Walker’s 10-minute, 37.791-second blast up the hill in the Evasive Motorsports FR-S, a 22-second improvement over 2013).
Walker says that knowledge of the course gained from past runs is critical to success at Pikes Peak, given the dearth of practice available prior to the actual event: “We only drive the road at speed in its entirety once each year – on race day,” Walker said. “That can be intimidating to any driver. I’m counting on the experience the team and I have gained to give me a heads-up in the competition.”
Scion says its goal is to improve upon last year’s results, when superstar drift-fiend Ken Gushi took an FR-S to a third best-in-class finish.
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The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set to take place Sunday, June 29th. We all know what that means. Some of the nuttiest performance-tuned sports cars will be making an appearance at the event, all with the goal of being the fastest to race up the treacherous 156-turn race course.
The Scion FR-S is one of those sports cars. Actually, it’s the second year in a row that the FR-S will compete at Pikes Peak, specifically in the event’s Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This year, GReddy Racing is back with its Pikes Peak-tuned FR-S and it will have veteran racer Ken Gushi sitting behind the wheel of the race car. Gushi is no stranger to the twists and turns of Pikes Peak, having won the Exhibition Auto Class at last year’s event with the Lexus ISF CCS-R.
This year, Gushi takes his turn in a wonderfully dressed Scion FR-S that has been retuned to produce a staggering 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s the kind of upgrade we wish a production FR-S could have, but that’s a different issue altogether. For now we have to live with its standard 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
What’s important is how this GReddy-tuned FR-S fares at Pikes Peak this weekend. With 500 ponies on tap, we expect nothing less than a blistering time up the mountain.
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S GReddy Racing Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: this Greddy Racing-prepared Scion FR-S that will suit up at the 2013 Formula Drift Pro Championships has been under Scion’s development covers since before the production FR-S was unveiled to the public.
That’s a pretty interesting history for a racecar that certainly has the racing pedigree down to a hilt. It comes with a GReddy X Rocket Bunny body kit, a KW Competition three-way suspension setup and a set of 17- and 18-inch Rays Gram Lights 57DR wheels wrapped in Hankook RS-3 tires.
To prepare it for the intense competition of the Formula Drift Pro Championship, GReddy Racing prepared this FR-S to be a bona fide world beater. It features a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that’s been outfitted with a GReddy turbocharger, thus increasing the output to a staggering 650 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 450 horsepower and 399 pound-feet of torque over a stock FR-S. This GReddy-tuned engine mates to a G-Force GSR four-speed transmission and the complete package is enough to rocket this FR-S to 60 mph in just 2.83 seconds and through a quarter-mile in just 10.4 seconds.
With an entire year of testing and development under the hood of this FR-S, there’s no doubt that GReddy Racing and driver Ken Gushi are parepared to take the Formula Drift Pro Championship by storm.
Click past the jump to read about the Scion FR-S
Lucas Oil KSR prepared an FR-S for the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge, but the guys over TAngelo Racing decided the sports coupe is good enough for the Formula Drift series. Moreover, the model they updated is not an ordinary FR-S, but one salvaged from the Superstorm Sandy.
This particular FR-S was torn apart, gutted and built back up with a 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE Toyota engine - the same found in a 2012 Toyota Corolla XRS - that Papadakis Racing strapped a Garrett turbocharger to and tuned to racing specs.
Straight out of the Corolla, this engine puts down just 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and The FR-S’ base boxer-four engine develops a total of 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Neither figure was good enough for TAngelo Racing, as tuned 2AZ engine peaks at an incredible 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.
The standard six-speed manual could never handle this power, so TAngelo Racing replaced it with a new G-Force GSR unit. With the extra power and new gearbox in tow, the FR-S hits 60 mph in just 3 seconds and the clears the 1/4-mile in just 10 seconds.
Along with the new engine, the FR-S by TAngelo Racing also received a GReddy X Rocket Bunny body kit for a little extra style. Additionally, TAngelo Racing added in a set of Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels wrapped in Hankook RS-3 rubber, some Wilwood performance brakes and Stance suspensions to keep the 750 ponies in check.
For the 2013 racing season the FR-S will be driven by Tony Angelo.
Click past the jump to see the Scion FR-S by TAngelo Racing in action at Driven 2 Drift 2013.
Lucas Oil KSR announced its racing version of the Scion FR-S at the 2012 SEMA Show and since then the model underwent extreme testing with the final challenge being the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge. The competition started on March 22nd with the GT/GTS Rounds 1 and 2 and will end on October 4th with GT/GTS Round 14.
Lucas Oil equipped the FR-S with the world’s first TRD supercharger built specifically for the sports car. It was enough to pump the 2.0-liter boxer-four engine’s output up to a total of 325 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 125 horsepower and 174 pound feet of torque. By our count, that’s a 62.5-percent increase in horsepower and a 115.2-percent increase in torque.
This hopped-up four-banger hooks up to a six-speed manual gearbox, but there is no mention to whether this is the stock transmission or not. Though Lucas Oil chose not to divulge the performance stats of its beast, we would venture to say it hits 60 mph in the mid-4-second range.
Lucas oil engineers also fitted the FR-S with an aerodynamic kit specially designed for the racing and sat it atop a set of 18-inch Rays TE37 SL Black Edition wheels. The Rays rollers are wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P-Zero tires sized 275/45R18. Also added in is a TRD braking system and a suspension system from Cusco/Vertex.
During the competition, this Scion FR-S by Lucas Oil KSR will be driven by Robert Stout, who was previously a champion in a Scion tC.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Scion FR-S.
Though it doesn’t have the same racing history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as other automakers, Scion is bent on making a mark at this year’s race.
For the occasion, the Japanese automaker has introduced the car that will compete against the heavyweights of the Unlimited Class: an Evasive Motorsports-prepared Scion FR-S that, if for nothing else, looks the part of a giant killer.
Prepared and developed to the unique racing specifications needed to compete at Pikes Peak, the FR-S comes with a bevy of aerodynamic components, highlighted by that enormous rear wing that should come in handy when the FR-S is trying to keep its wheels on the ground.
A large front wing was also installed on the car, as well as what looks like an equally large rear diffuser, both serving the same aerodynamic purpose of eliminating aerodynamic lift to allow the FR-S to maintain its speed as it attempts to give all the other competitors of the Unlimited Class a run for their money.
No power details were given but considering the kind of cars that are competing in this class, we wouldn’t be surprised if this high-powered FR-S has over 650 horsepower under its hood. That is quite a healthy increase over the stock 200 horsepower, but still very much attainable.
Click past the jump to read about the Scion FR-S
Scion tC has been the annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Racecar ever since 2005, but things have changed for the 2013 model year. Toyota has decided to switch from the usual tC to the newer and more capable FR-S. The model has been specially designed to celebrate the 37th anniversary of one of America’s most entertaining motorsports events.
The standard Scion FR-S delivers a total of 200 horsepower, which isn’t too shabby. In the race version, however, the 2.0-liter boxer engine has been tricked to deliver a total of 210 horsepower. Along with the 10 extra horsepower, this race-ready FR-S has been equipped with numerous other enhancements from Toyota Racing Development (TRD): stainless-steel exhaust, coil-over shocks and springs, big-brake kit with Hawk Performance brake pads, performance air intake and a set of 18-inch wheels.
In order to deliver the maximum performance while on the race track, TRD also installed a Centerforce single-disc racing clutch, front MacPherson struts and rear double wishbone suspension. The extra ponies shouldn’t do too much in terms of enhancing its performance, but the updated clutch should drop a tenth of a second off of its base 0-to-60 time, and the new braking and suspension components should help it in the twist.
Toyota didn’t offer any specifics on what’s inside the cockpit, but the images tell us all we really need to know. We can see that the front seats remain from the base model, but the rear seat backs are gone, a roll cage was installed and a set of red Simpson racing harnesses keep the driver and passenger save.
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.
The Scion FR-S has stolen the show at SEMA and not just because the company set up a tuning challenge for three companies to compete in. It looks like most of the tuning packages seen in Las Vegas were based on the tiny sports coupe, with some of the most impressive ones being the FR-S GT by Daniel Song and the FR-S Evasive Motorsports.
Along with the other tuning packages released, Ken Stout Racing (KSR) has unveiled the FR-S Pirelli World Challenge Race Car that will be raced in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class starting March 2013. Their FR-S has been fully equipped for the race track, receiving a full roll cage, a five-point safety harness, an OMP flat-bottom steering wheel, and a Racetech racing seat. The car sits on a new set of 18" wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires and features a huge APR carbon-fiber wing that helps improve aerodynamics.
Under the hood, the car’s standard boxer engine has received a TRD supercharger, a C&R radiator, and JE forged pistons. Other additions include a new Vertex exhaust system, a new suspension, and new racing brakes.
Scion only recently unveiled the FR-S sports car - the American version of the Toyota GT 86 - and their racing arm is already unleashing the FR-S Race Car - a racing prototype developed in cooperation with GReddy. The Scion FR-S Race Car made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, but will be making its racing debut in the 2012 Formula DRIFT series with veteran driver, Ken Gushi, behind the wheel.
The FR-S Race Car was obviously inspired by the street version, but it will be further adopted for the race track. It will get an improved aerodynamic kit, racing livery, a larger rear wing that will maintain stability at high speeds, and of course, a racing oriented interior with a roll cage that will ensure security in case of a crash. The most impressive part, however, is that the FR-S Race Car will develop an impressive 600 HP - up from the car’s standard 200 HP.
The Rally America National Championship has long been a series dominated by the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The Impreza’s run was unceremoniously stopped last year by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, setting the stage for a highly competitive 2011 season. One car that’s looking to gate crash the proceedings made its debut at the 2010 SEMA Auto Show courtesy of 0-60 Magazine.
The popular auto mag unveiled the Scion xD Tarmac rally car that’s expected to make its rally debut at the 2011 RANC. This isn’t the first time 0-60 went to SEMA with their own custom-built Scion rally prototype, having done the same thing last year. This time around, the car will be driven by Christopher Duplessis, who, incidentally, is the brother of Forest Duplessis, DirtFish Rally School’s chief instructor.
Judging from the looks and specs of the xD Tarmac, it looks like 0-60 Magazine did a splendid job turning this car into a full-fledged rally contender that’s poised to get down and dirty with the Imprezas and Evolution X’s of the Rally America National Championshp. Whether it’s overall build will translate to success on the dirt road remains to be seen. That’s something that we’re going to have to stick around and pay close attention to when the season officially opens later this year.