The 2013 Scion Tuner Challenge was one of the closest competitions we’ve ever seen, with all three of this year’s competitors submitting amazing builds, but after votes from the judges were tallied up, the Simpli-tC by Young Tea came out on top.
Tea, who is best known in the Scion community for his FRS86 lifestyle brand, impressed the judges by giving the Simpli-tC a full makeover inside and out that included a custom molded wide body kit, a lip kit from MV Designz, Sparco seats and harnesses, gauges from GReddy, audio/visual from Pioneer, and a Garrett T3 turbocharger under the hood. A coat of Lite Teal Pearl Paint by House of Kolors tied together the entire build, impressing the judges enough to earn the win.
This year was also the first year of the Scion Tuner Challenge Fan Vote, where we let users vote for their favorite build on the Scion Racing Facebook and Instagram pages. The three builds received a total of 19,132 votes between them, and the Scion L-DZ Concept by Walter Franco came away with a close win with 6761, or 35.3% of the vote. Josh Croll’s Scion WSD tC followed closely behind with 6482 votes for 33.9%, while Young Tea’s car rounded out the count with 5889 vote for 30.8%.
Walter Franco’s Scion L-DZ also earned 2nd Place in the Scion Tuner Challenge, thanks in no small part to his build’s VIP-inspired design. The exterior of the car features a wide body kit from DTM Autobody, and one-off front spats created by our friends at Five Axis. Torres Upholstery created diamond leather stitched seating for a luxury feel, with Wise Concepts Hydrographics working on the dash and trim, and a Namsayin short shifter kit installed. Nitrous from NOS and custom headers built by ASP gave the car a performance boost to match its aggressive styling.
The Scion WSD tC, built by Josh Croll to be the only right-hand drive Scion tC in the world, took home 3rd Place in the judges’ voting. The unique setup which was complete in-house at the Croll’s Customs shop, was complemented by a one-off RHD dash fabricated by Bux Customs. A Dezod Motorsports turbo kit gave the 2AR motor forced induction, and was placed inside a fully shaved engine bay. The paint and body work were also done in house at Croll’s Customs, and was completed with BASF Crollsicle ORangeTricoat paint and a one-off wide body kit.
We were beyond impressed by the work the three builders put into their cars, all of which brought distinct personalities out of the 2014 Scion tC. There’s still a lot left to see at SEMA, so stay tuned for more!