We're fairly confident you've noticed the huge amount of attention the Scion FR-S (as well as its Subaru counterpart, the BRZ) received at this year's SEMA Show; we did, too. Found in nearly every nook and cranny of the aftermarket mecca was the car in various shades of color, with different stages of power-adders and even more aero/wheel options thought imaginable. It's no secret we're big fans of the FR-S (shameless plug: c'mon, props on our Garage FR-S build-it's pretty dope), so we set out to find our favorite builds.
Scion's FR-S Tuner Challenge
Not surprisingly, Scion's booth is where we found the premiere collection of FR-S's. Not only were the Tuner Challenge cars on display but highly-modified versions from several industry heavyweights, including Evasive Motorsports, Fatlace and Meguiar's, were out as well.
Chris Basselgia’s ‘Minty FReSh’ FR-S came out of the Tuner Challenge as the winner, sporting Air Lift bags, massive 19" Rotiform SNA wheels and a custom supercharger kit that uses an Eaton M62 roots blower. However it popped the most because of its BASF Fresh mint paint and Rmiller aero pieces.
Less flash doesn’t mean less brilliance by any means. RJ DeVera and Meguiar’s worked alongside Shoreline Motoring to produce the NuR Concept FR-S, yet another design from the mind of Jon Sibal. ChargeSpeed carbon fiber aero (lip spoiler, side skirts and rear bumper pieces) and customized head/taillights by Modified accentuate the Fly Yellow paint just right.
In 2013, the FR-S will be seeing serious race time in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class with the Stout Racing FR-S. Headed by Robert Stout, this car is built to spec but also sports some really cool parts, like Vertex aero, body panels and roll cage, MoTeC engine management and a TRD supercharger kit, just to name a few.
This mocha-hued FR-S is the brainchild of John Toca, who used FiveAD aero to offset his Cor Cipher 3-piece wheels and color-matched KSport big brake calipers to Second place. It packs plenty of audio punch with a full Soundstream system, and has a nice power upgrade in the form of a Vortech V-3 H67 supercharger.
Last, but definitely not least is Daniel Song’s race/GT-inspired FR-S. He sought out the design skills of Jon Sibal to help kick this car into ‘highly aggressive’ territory, combining parts from MV Designs, APR and a full carbon wrap by Daley Visuals to really set the car off. The interior is all race, with a custom roll cage by Garage Life, and underneath the hood is a Vortech supercharger kit (popular at SEMA!). Rough, rugged and raw!
FR-S Tuner Challenge winners (L-R): John Toca (Second), Chris Basselgia (First) and Daniel Song (Third).
And here’s the sick trophy they were given along with prize money, handcrafted by Gary Castillo at DesignCraft!
One of the most talked about cars at SEMA in general—not just because it was a FR-S and parked at the Scion booth—was Evasive’s fully customized race car. This isn’t a show car, though it looks fking marvelous, and is actually built to take on time attack and the infamous Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. Form and function? You bet!
GReddy x Rocket Bunny Crew
Ok, so this body kit made it onto more than one FR-S and you either loved or hated on it. Judging by our fellow Rocket Bunny clan, we think we did a pretty awesome job representing the kit along with Mackin Industries (blue), Fatlace (red) and JDM Sport (Robert Kochis’, orange).
And just a few more of the best...
Rotiform’s mega-dumped FR-S on air suspension (duh) with a custom matte wrap and Vortech supercharger.
One car that probably went largely unnoticed perhaps because of a less than desirable location at the show (tucked way out in BFE) was N1 Concept’s radically customized FR-S. Perhaps right on the level rivaling that of Evasive’s, the body has plenty of custom body work and is currently being tested at tracks across California to see its potential. Grudge match anyone?
Pioneer Electronics hosted the FiveAD FR-S, but the trick stuff isn’t just the aero or wheels—in fact, Pioneer’s latest audio offerings, including a space-age head unit, flush-mounted dash speakers and subs in the trunk rocked the show.