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10th Annual Scion Tuner Challenge - Battle Of The Brands

We go up against GT Channel and Speedhunters in one of the most competitive Scion Tuner Challenges to date!

Mar 30, 2015
Photographer: Jofel Tolosa

After 90 days of brainstorming, overcoming obstacles, and enduring more than a few all-nighters, the 10th annual Scion Tuner Challenge has come to an end. Three FR-S projects built by us, GT Channel, and Speedhunters were put on display at a private party in California one week before SEMA; from there, the general public had a chance to view the cars online and vote for their favorite. Come the first day of SEMA, the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center opened and the trio of Scions were parked front and center for the whole world to see while a panel of judges decided the winner.

10th annual scion tuner challenge ITB powered FRS 01 Photo 2/6   |   ITBs, custom engine harness, and a shaved bay courtesy of our friends Gearheinz, Rywire, Borla, MoTeC, and more. You’ll just have to wait for the full feature article to find out more!

We built our FR-S to win this challenge, but we knew it wasn't going to be easy. It wasn't just enthusiasts building these cars—we were brands. Each media outlet teamed up with top-notch partners to create some of the most extreme FR-S's ever featured at SEMA.

Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project: Part 2

For our project, we couldn't just do simple bolt-ons. For a chance to win, we had to shoot for the moon, so we kept two things in mind. First, we couldn't forget that we built an FR-S everybody knows—Ratchet Bunny. Since it was equipped with a Rocket Bunny version one kit, Aston Martin green paint, HKS supercharger, plus fitted with some of the best parts around, our expectations were high. Second, the Release Series 1.0 had just hit dealerships toward the end of '14, so we thought it would be fun to maintain the RS1's basic foundation such as the body kit and color, but put our own Super Street spin on the car and really make a statement that would be heard throughout the entire FR-S community.

10th annual scion tuner challenge GT channel FRS 02 Photo 3/6   |   Headed by Taro Koki, the GT Channel FR-S looked awesome with a complete Mine’s Japan theme. There was nothing but performance in mind, especially with an HKS supercharger and track-ready suspension.

We enlisted an all-star cast of shops and tuners, which includes LTMW, Gearheinz, Rywire, MoTeC, Borla, Pioneer, Aeroflow Dynamics, The Car Shop, Wilwood, and many more. With the amazing work and dedication of all the builders and companies, we finished the FR-S just in the nick of time. Come judgment day, we ended up with the silver medal while the Speedhunters FR-S took first place and GT Channel third. We are forever grateful for all our partners in this project, plus all our supporters who voted for us online—we had 61 percent of votes in the end! But respect is due to Speedhunters and GT Channel. They created two amazing cars—together, we have all set the bar for Scion Tuner Challenges to come!

10th annual scion tuner challenge speedhunters FRS 04 Photo 4/6   |   10th Annual Scion Tuner Challenge - Battle Of The Brands
10th annual scion tuner challenge speedhunters FRS 05 Photo 5/6   |   Congrats to Speedhunters and their technical editor Keith Charvonia for taking home the gold. Their FR-S sported a retro IMSA theme and had some very nice details such as the fender mirrors, KM4SH kit, Cosworth supercharger, and more.
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