The Scion FR-S has gotten a lot of love from both teams and tuners since it was released just midway through 2012. In that short amount of time, we’ve already seen a variety of different takes on the car – from performance oriented builds created with speed in mind, to street ready cars complete with full audio/visual setups. So, of all the ones we’ve gotten a look at thus far, which ones have been our favorite? Check out the list to find out:
5. Daniel Song’s FR-S GT
Although the FR-S GT built by Daniel Song isn’t necessarily a track ready car, the custom aero parts and aggressive appearance go a long way in evoking images of the prototype GT300 cars it was clearly inspired by. The 2012 Scion Tuner Challenge runner-up earned points with us for being the only performance inspired build of the three entrants, and comes complete with an installed supercharger kit under the hood to back up its menacing looks.
4. Garage FR-S by Super Street Magazine, Import Tuner Magazine, and Modified Magazine
If you’ve ever wondered what the product of three industry heavyweights joining forces to build a single car would be, now you’ve got your answer. The Garage FR-S build by Super Street, Import Tuner, and Modified put tuners from each of the three magazines to work on a JDM FR-S build that was voted on by the combined readership of all three. Phase 2 of the project completed during the later months of the year, just in time for a showing at SEMA complete with the Rocket Bunny aero kit and a fresh coat of green paint.
3. Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S
Like the two previous cars on the list, the Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S made its first public appearance at The SEMA Show early in November. However, just five days after the show ended, the car was shipped out to Buttonwillow Raceway for its track debut at the Super Lap Battle for the final round of Global Time Attack. In spite of the race being its first ever, the Evasive Motorsports team managed to secure a 3rd place finish in its class with a sub-2 minute time.
2. Speedhunters Toyota 86-X
While it’s technically not a Scion FR-S, per se, we’re letting it slide onto the list thanks to some very obvious family ties, as well as the fact that it’s being driven by a Scion Racing driver. Despite having been built in just 37 days, the Speedhunters Toyota 86-X cut no corners when it comes to track performance. Fredric Aasbo has already piloted the car to a remarkable maiden run at the Gatebil Festival, and claimed its first win at Trax in the British Drift Championships.
1. GReddy Racing Scion FR-S
It probably comes as little surprise that the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S is laying claim to the top spot on our list. Prepared and built for competition in Formula Drift by the engineers at GReddy, the car’s performance far surpassed what we’ve come to expect from brand new builds in the series, while showing enthusiasts everywhere exactly what the 86 platform is capable of. Ken Gushi’s impressive 8th place finish in 2012 behind the wheel of the car only further cemented its place at the top of the FR-S hierarchy.