One of our favorite things about being part of the Scion family is getting the chance to see how tuners use the cars as a blank canvas for everything from custom show builds to purpose-built track machines. With 2013 nearly in the books, we thought we’d take a look back at some of our favorite builds from this past year.
LoanMart KSR Scion FR-S
Robert Stout’s LoanMart KSR Scion FR-S technically made its debut at the 2012 SEMA Show, but didn’t get to see any on-track action until its debut in the Pirelli World Challenge Championships earlier this year. Like any development team, Robert and KSR faced their fair share of ups and downs this season, but have looked progressively stronger as the year has gone on. A full season of data under their built should have the TRD supercharged Scion FR-S set and ready to take on the best in next year’s series.
The 2013 Scion Tuner Challenge was one of the most competitive we’ve seen to date, with the builders who participated stepping up and submitting three of the most intense builds we’ve ever seen. In the end, Young Tea’s Simpli-tC came out on top, and for good reason – his Scion tC was tastefully modified inside and out, featuring a custom wide body kit and diffuser hand fabricated by Young and his team. He’s previously shown an ability to create special cars through his FRS86 lifestyle brand, something he proved wasn’t a fluke with his Scion Tuner Challenge victory.
TAngelo Racing Scion FR-S
Second chances are usually hard to come by, but the TAngelo Racing Scion FR-S got one after Tony Angelo and his team rescued the car from Hurricane Sandy. Picked up at an auction as a salvage, Tony and his team worked feverishly to build the car from the ground up in preparation for the Formula Drift season. The team transplanted the 2AZ motor from Tony’s former Scion tC, reworked the suspension, and had the car ready to go in just over three months – an especially impressive effort considering the size of his program. With a bright orange nose mean to invoke the spirit of fighter planes, the TAngelo Racing Scion FR-S flew through the FD season, becoming one of the most competitive cars in the series.
Bulletproof Scion FR-S Concept One
As impressive as the Bulletproof Scion FR-S Concept One looks in photos, it’s one of the rarer instances where the car needs to be seen in person for the work put into it to be truly appreciated. The car is Bulletproof Automotive’s answer to the question, “What defines a supercar?” To give the Concept One everything it needed to live up to that title, the car’s interior was completely reupholstered with premium materials including a full red alcantara conversion, carbon fiber panels, and race seats from Recaro. The flat four was kept in place, though power was substantially increased with the help of a Powerhouse Amuse turbo kit. So did Bulletproof Automotive succeed in turning the FR-S into a supercar? We’d give it a resounding yes.
GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Prototype
You knew this one was coming, especially after stealing the show at both SEMA and the LA Auto Show. Our friends at GReddy built the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Prototype as a benchmark for what they think is capable with the ZN6 platform. And, judging from the 2JZ-GTE motor under the hood, it’s probably a lot. The car has had its interior stripped and outfitted with a roll cage in order to prepare for competition, while the a full Rocket Bunny v2 wide body kit gives its appearance a look that’s arguably even more aggressive than the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S Ken Gushi ran in 2013.
So what are your favorite Scion builds from this past year? Let us know in the comments, or join in using the #ScionRacing hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!