What’s Featured at Scion: The Scion FR-S TRD Project Car and Lexus LFA

We’re celebrating the announcement of the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 by taking you in for a closer look at two of the cars that helped inspire it – the Scion FR-S TRD Project Car, and the Lexus LFA. Motorsports are a huge part of our shared heritage with Toyota, dating back to cars like the Sports 800, 2000 GT, MR2, and of course the Supra, and the two examples we’re featuring here today are examples of how we’re continuing to build upon that legacy.

It probably goes without saying that our Scion FR-S TRD Project Car is more closely tied to the FR-S Release Series 1.0, as they look nearly identical to one another. It takes a more discerning eye to catch the differences, which are mostly limited to a set of TRD fender aero fins, a carbon fiber roof spoiler, and  larger/wider three-piece TRD wheels wrapped in stickier Toyo Tires.

The real changes come both under the hood and inside the cabin, where the stock 4U-GSE has been augmented with a Garrett turbocharger, helping it put down somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower to the wheels. A TRD big brake kit has been outfitted on the car to give it the stopping power it needs, while new TRD racing seats have been installed in place of the stock set to keep drivers and passengers securely fastened.

To reduce weight, the radio, door cards, back seats, and roof/pillar lining were all stripped out of the Scion FR-S TRD project car. Five point harnesses were outfitted to the vehicle, and attached to a custom roll cage that was welded into the car. And for maximum communication with the road, the car features the same TRD steering wheel and shift knob that’s found in the FR-S RS 1.0.

The Scion FR-S TRD project car is a great look at what the 86 platform is capable of being, and that influence is something we’re hoping to bring to you with the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our FR-S RS 1.0 blog post for all the details.

We won’t get into too much detail about the Lexus LFA (this is the Scion blog, after all), but this particular example features a coat of pearl yellow paint, along with modifications courtesy of Service Group Distribution, Aero WerkZ, Avery Graphics, and Endles Automotive. Like the Scion FR-S TRD Project Car, it was featured at last weekend’s Grand Prix of Long Beach in the Lifestyle Expo. And, of course, as an LFA, the car also features a body constructed from carbon fiber-refinforced polymer, and a screaming V10 engine – one that needs to be heard in person to truly appreciate.


As always, check back often to see more of What’s Featured at Scion, and be sure to take a look at our archives to see what else we’ve showcased at our office!


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