Scion delivered some exciting announcements on January 9th, opening day of the North American International Auto Show. The biggest of these announcements was most certainly the official reveal of the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Drift Car, to be driven by Ken Gushi in the 2012 Formula DRIFT season.
New Drift Car, Racing Team for 2012
The 600-horsepower FR-S race car is the result of a collaboration between Scion Racing and GReddy, a performance-products company that has been involved with Toyota and racing for over twenty years.
The race car is inspired by the 2013 Scion FR-S, a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will go on sale in the spring of 2012. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family.
Vice President of Scion Jack Hollis introduced the GReddy Racing FR-S to the lively Detroit crowd:
“Scion has been involved in racing from its beginning …from drag racing to road racing and even rally. But we probably have the most fun in the sport of drifting.
Some of you might have seen spy shots of that test car last week when Scion Racing’s own Ken Gushi was practicing at Laguna Seca. It’s come a long way since then.
Today we are extremely proud to introduce you to the latest member of the Scion family…the Scion Racing/GReddy Performance FR-S built to compete in the 2012 Formula Drift season!
This car has a few more horsepower than stock…a total of 600 to be exact…and over 500 pound-feet of torque.
Now we don’t expect that too many owners will take their FR-S to this level of extreme, but we do know that like all Scion vehicles, it will be pretty hard to find one that is left stock.”
- Jack Hollis, VP of Scion
The Scion Racing / GReddy Racing FR-S was built in-house at the GReddy R&D facility in Irvine, CA under great secrecy. A Cosworth built boxer motor, turbocharged and intercooled by GReddy, powers the drift machine. The entire GReddy Team is excited to debut the drift FR-S at the season opener on the “Streets of Long Beach,” on April 6-7, 2012.
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