SEMA’s always one of our favorite events of the year because it gives us the chance to see how the automotive community is trending and what there is to look forward to in the year ahead. Getting a chance to see all the crazy Scion builds on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center definitely doesn’t hurt either.
And on that note, there were certainly a lot of Scion builds to see as the Scion FR-S was once again named the Hottest Sport Compact at the SEMA Show. The award is given to the sport compact car with the largest presence at the show, indicating aftermarket industry’s extremely positive reception to the FR-S. Steve Hatanaka, Scion Marketing and Special Events Manager, was on hand to accept the trophy on our behalf.
This particular Scion FR-S built by GReddy Racing drew a lot of attention from attendees and promoters alike. If you’ve followed our previous SEMA Show coverage, you’ll already know that the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Prototype earned Gran Turismo’s award for the Best Asian Import Car of the show. With a 2JZ-GTE motor pushing out an estimated 750 horsepower under the hood and the driver’s seat reserved for one particular Scion Racing driver, it’s not difficult to see why.
While the FR-S was undoubtedly a popular model on the floor of SEMA, it wasn’t the only model out there representing the brand by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, as part of the 2013 Scion Tuner Challenge, we tasked three builders with putting their own custom spin on the 2014 Scion tC.
The builders who were chosen to compete in the contest, Young Tea of Southern California, Walter Franco from the Pacific Northwest, and Josh Croll of Pennsylvania, all submitted amazing entries that were some of the best we’ve ever seen in the contest. Though only one of them could be named the winner, each of them set an extremely high bar for Tuner Challenge competitors going forward.
Cartel Customs’ Strictly Business Scion xB was another head turner at the show, impressing with its stretched body that housed an airline-inspired interior, complete with a work station to get business done on the go. You’ve seen Cartel Customs collaborate with Scion before, notably at last year’s SEMA Show, but their team somehow always manages to find a way to top themselves.
But as far as crazy, all out builds go, can you really get much crazier than the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC built by Papadakis Racing? The car is best known as Fredric Aasbo ride during the Formula Drift season, with the 2AR engine sending upwards of 700 horsepower down to the rear wheels. The car has seen more than its fair share of battle damage, but the Papadakis Racing team got it patched up and rewrapped so that it looked its best sitting in the Torco Oils booth.
We were also pretty impressed with what a few other vendors brought to the show as well. This FR-S, built by our friends at Rays, turned more than its share of heads at SEMA thanks to its vivid blue wheels and LED headlamps. With so much to see and do, there was no way we could cover everything without writing a book, but be sure to check out the rest of our SEMA Show photos in our gallery, and a few selections below!