Chris Basselgia’s “Minty FReSh” FR-S Wins the 2012 Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge

Three months of hard work in the garage finally paid off for Chris Basselgia of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, as his “Minty FReSH” FR-S build earned first place in the Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge!

Named for its uniquely colored finished, Basselgia’s FR-S was the result of his efforts to enhance the car’s clean lines while offering a premium experience inside the cabin. Although there was a focus on quality audio, he ensured that his build’s performance wouldn’t suffer by adding a supercharger under the hood. Combined with the car’s lip kit and custom leather interior, it was easy to see why the judges saw fit to award his car the $10,000 grand prize.

John Toca’s “Carbon Stealth FR-S” ended up taking second place, with a build that was equal parts show and go. Toca’s build was outfitted with a number of one-off carbon fiber parts, including a rear diffuser, roof, and hood scoop to decrease the car’s already low weight. The motor in his FR-S was outfitted with a supercharger, and the interior outfitted with a variety of premium sound enhancements.

Finishing third was Daniel Song, whose “FR-S GT” was built around a pure race car theme. Accordingly, the interior was completely gutted, leaving nothing in the way of audio, in favor of performance and exterior modifications. Among his mods were a large rear wing, a widebody kit, and a carbon fiber wrap covering the entirety of the vehicle.

All three tuners submitted exceptional entries, and we came away impressed by what they were able to do with the Scion FR-S. We’re certain that all three will serve as an inspiration for tuners looking for ideas for their own cars, and are looking forward to seeing some of the results on the street!


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