2011 SEMA Show Tuner Challenge Entries Built!

The 2011 SEMA Show is just a day away! Our 3 Tuner Challenge builders have completed their custom Scion iQ entries and we have the first photographs here for you now! Tell us, which is your favorite?

Tuner A
Name: EVS iQ-RS
Vehicle: 2012 Scion iQ
Built by: Michael Chang

Michael Chang and Evasive Motorsports, located east of LA in La Puenta, CA designed and built our first entry, which they have dubbed the “EVS IQ-RS”. The car has a clean, understated white and red color theme and politely aggressive racing look. Evasive custom built nearly every body panel to achieve this look, while not straying too far from the iQs natural proportions.

The exterior is enhanced with a Voltex rear wing and carbon canards, a custom front lip and center exit exhaust.

Under the hood, Chang focused on maximizing cooling and airflow to the engine, installing custom oil and transmission coolers, a Koyo full size radiator, center exit exhaust, and a carbon air induction box.

In the cockpit, you’ll find Sparco racing accessories surrounding the driver, custom carbon dash trim and center console, an 11” touchscreen display, Defi fuel and oil pressure gauges among other functional and stylistic modifications.

Tuner B
Name: iQ RX
Vehicle: 2012 Scion iQ
Built by: Jon Sibal

Our second entry was tuned by Jon Sibal, a professional automotive artist and consultant. Bringing his design from paper to pavement, Jon brings us the “iQ RX”.

Sibal went with a dark theme using silvers, matte greys and blacks. Large flares and wings are absent, giving the iQ a compact, solid-looking design you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley. The exterior is outfitted with modified Veilside iQR panels and bumpers. He added LED DRLs and smoked the headlights and taillights.

The engine is outfitted with a Nitrous Express system, with (2) 2.5lb bottles, a purge system with a D-4 manifold, dual vent kit, as well as an MVDesignz custom intake system. The suspension is highly modified with AIR RUNNER SYSTEM components, a VIAIR compressor and TANABE strut tower bar reinforcement.

Step inside and experience a techies paradise. MVDesignz installed a powerful Orion audio system, an XBOX 360 game console which can be enjoyed on the motorized 32” Samsung LED 3DTV, and not to be forgotten, an Apple iPad 2 with a custom enclosure. An AIR RUNNER SYSTEM control kit and pressure gauges are also included.

Tuner C
Name: iQ MR
Vehicle: 2012 Scion iQ
Built by: Tatsunori Tsuchida

Our third and final entry for the 2011 Scion Tuner Challenge was built by Tatsunori Tsuchida. Tsuchuda stripped the iQ down and heavily modified its mechanical setup to create this rear-wheel drive, mid-engine machine called the “iQ MR”.

White G1 Design Graphics adorn the silver, aviation-inspired sheet metal from Specialty Cars, giving the iQ a no-nonsense, purpose-built look. Ais Wheels supplied a set of 15” wheels to add a dash of flash, and the custom roof scoop provides air to cool the rear mounted engine while giving the iQ a unique silhouette.

Inside is hollowed out and adorned with Specialty Cars paneling and Sparco racing gear, including a window net and 5-point race harness.

Under the hood, all you’ll find is the fuel cell and battery. You’ll have to go around back to find the engine, rebuilt by Mavrik Motorsports. Metro Fluid supplied the connection and stainless hoses, JE Pistons provided 12:1 compression pistons and Micro Image brings in a new Clutch kit and lightened flywheel.

There’s no room for flashy electronics in this down to business iQ. AEM rounds out the tech presence with the engine management system.


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  • bs312611

    Personally, I must go with Tuner B. Tuner B, the “iq RX”, seems to be the athlete of the group because although the others boast engine mods as well, the rx (tuner B)’s also has significant suspension modifications. This is important because let’s face it, these cars are going to be doing autocross and such, not just straight-line drag racing. As far as the interiors, Tuner A and Tuner C are both lacking. This is SEMA, not the racetrack, so despite the performance implications, Tuner B(the rx) was very right by throwing in an over the top 32″ 3D tv, an xbox and the ipad2. I honestly don’t think there is any competition here.. Tuner B for the definitive win!

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