The 2013 SEMA Show is coming up quick, and this year, we’re not holding anything back with the builds we’re bringing out to Las Vegas. Last night at our pre-SEMA press event, we officially took the wraps off of the cars that we’ll be featuring in the Scion booth. Now, we’re bringing you a first look at what you can expect to see from us at the show.
Scion Tuner Challenge Builds
Scion L-DZ Concept by Walter Franco
Our first Scion Tuner Challenge build of the 2014 Scion tC comes to us from the Pacific Northwest, designed by Walter Franco. Designed around a luxury/VIP theme, his 2014 Scion tC draws inspiration from the eclectic car culture that’s emerged in the Seattle area.
The car’s exterior features a number of modifications including a custom wide body kit built by DTM Autobody, one off front spats and side skirts from our friends at Five Axis, chrome wrapped accents, and 20×10 concave F410 wheels from Avante Garde. To give the car a stance fitting of its aggressive look, the Scion L-DZ Concept sits on top of an adjustable Air-Zenith suspension.
Modifications made under the hood include a nitrous system from NOS, custom built stainless headers by ASP, and a TRD stainless muffler that produces a deep, rumbling tone. Completing the luxury look, the interior was completely redone to feature diamond leather and alcantara surfaces by Torres Upholstery, as well as a wood grain dash and aluminum trim created by Wise Concepts Hydrographics.
Scion WSD tC by Josh Croll
Josh Croll from Pennsylvania took on the challenge of creating the first RHD Scion tC in the world with his build. The conversion was done by his own Croll’s Custom shop, while a dash from Bux Customs was fabricated around it from scratch. To fully flesh out the car’s Japanese hot rod roots, race harnesses from TAKATA were fitted onto the car, along with custom carbon fiber-wrapped interior trim pieces.
Under the hood, the Scion WSD tC comes packing a Garrett T3 turbo as part of a Dezod Motorsports turbo kit. A custom intake helps bring cold air into the system, while the engine breathes out through a custom fabricated exhaust system. The entire package has the build pumping out an eye-opening 349 horsepower at the wheels, with 296 ft lbs. of torque.
Giving the car a look worth of the power it’s pushing out is a custom coat of paint from BASF, as well as a one-off wide body kit. Vents on the rear bumper were opened to provide a larger outlet for the custom exhaust, while shaved elements including windshield wipers and antenna help provide a cleaner, and well balanced look.
Simpli-tC by Young Tea
The final Tuner Challenge build comes straight out of Young Tea’s garage in Southern California. The Simpli-tC builds on what the 2014 Scion tC has already established by optimizing the car’s body work and drive capability for a clean look with even more performance.
To that end, the exterior of the Simpli-tC features custom molded fender flares that were custom built to flow with tC’s existing character lines. To augment it even further, the car features a lip kit from MV Designz, as well as custom red-out tail lights that give the car a striking appearance from behind. The body is also coated in a layer of Lite Teal Pearl Paint from House of Kolors, a color that appears even more bold in person.
An AirRex Air Suspension system gives the build the proper ride height for the show or the street, while a Garrett T3 turbo provides a substantial power boost. A Dezod down pipe and dump tube keeps the car breathing easy, routing exhaust gasses out through quad exhaust tips from ARK Performance. Rounding out the interior are seats and harnesses by Sparco, and custom gauges by GReddy.
SEMA Project Builds
GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Prototype
The GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Prototype takes the Scion FR-S and reimagines what the platform is capable of with a tuning and suspension setup that’s built from the ground up for maximum performance. Though it’s only a prototype for the time being, the car’s been overhauled with a Toyota built 2JZ-GTE engine outfitted with a GReddy turbo paired to a G-Force GSR 4-speed transmission. Riding on Rays Gram Lights 57XX wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires, the lightweight chassis pushes out an estimated 750 horsepower and 730 lb ft. of torque. Takata race harnesses strap in occupants, while the Rocket Bunny V.2 kit gives the car a wide, aggressive stance.
Bulletproof FR-S Concept One
The Bulletproof FR-S Concept One redefines the lightweight Scion FR-S as what it could potentially be as a super car. While maintaining the inherent light weight and balance of the FR-S, Bulletproof automotive set out to give the car a massive boost in power, while outfitting the interior with an array of exotic materials.
Under the hood, the Bullerproof FR-S is powered by a Powerhouse Amuse Turbo Kit with a Borg Warner turbo, that exhales through a titanium downpipe, front pipe, and full exhaust system, also from Powerhouse Amuse. An Ecutek Race Rom has the car tuned for E85 as well as 91 Octane, while the internals have been strengthened by way of upgraded pistons, rods, and ACL bearings.
Interior materials include a full alcantara conversion colored in a vibrant shade of red, as well as a custom steering wheel, carbon fiber materials, and race seats from Recaro. An 8 point roll cage compliments front and rear strut tower bars, all by Cusco, while an Original Runduce Racing Suspension keeps the car ready for the track.
Strictly Business Cartel Scion xB
Inspiration for the Strictly Business Cartel Scion xB came from the What Moves You mantra that’s been adopted by the Scion brand. The interior has been completely revamped to fit an entrepreneurial lifestyle, complete with an Apple Mac Mini, wireless keyboard, and on-board WiFi to keep productivity up on the go.
Executive styled recliner seats give the car distinctively executive tone, with an entertainment and information system by Alpine keeping passengers connected. The car rides on an air suspension from ACCUAIR, and is colored in a two tone paint with a hand laid black pinstripe done by Abe’s Custom paint. MV Designs provided stretched and modified rocker panels to fit the Strictly Business Cartel Scion xB’s extended length.
Urban GT Sport Coupe
Finally, the Urban GT Sport Coupe builds on the Scion FR-S chassis and completely transforms it with an entirely new look. Though the car maintains the FR-S’ standard 2.0 liter boxer engine, power is augmented by a TRD Cold Air Intake and a DIGI-TEC ECU.
Diamond-stitched leather gives the interior a luxurious presence, but where the car truly stands out is with is custom front and rear body panels. The Matte Gray Aluminum paint helps highlight the unique lines of the car, while new suspension components from Bilstein give the Urban GT Sport Coupe a lowered look fitting of its revised appearance.
We’ll be bringing you tons more content from our SEMA lineup leading up to next week’s show, so be sure to stay tuned for more news and info!