We know what you’re thinking… Is that another Rocket Bunny kit? You guessed correct, but hear us out! There are many reasons why we decided to throw this car on the cover, and no, one of them isn’t because we’re high (Except for maybe Matty Ice—SD). First, while many of the Bunny-kitted FR-Ss out there are built for show, this Scion is designed strictly for the track—we’ll get more into that later. Second, our friends at Mackin Industries have put it together; you know, the company that imports everything awesome from Japan such as RAYS and Yokohama wheels, Project Mu brakes and MXP exhaust systems. Mackin is also celebrating its 40th anniversary in the industry this year—they’re kind of a big deal! Third, this FR-S is crazy vibrant. If you can’t spot this car on the track or at a show, then you need to get your eyes checked. It screams for attention but righteously has the ultimate tuning package to back it up, which is why it’s getting the attention it deserves here.
We sat down with Eddie Lee of Mackin, who is no stranger to Super Street having owned a couple cars that have graced our pages before. “With the FR-S, we wanted to showcase all of our parts while also showing a lot of the companies we collaborate with like KW and GReddy,” he explained. “We’ve teamed up with these companies on a lot of cool projects before but it’s been four or five years since we did a car of our own. We’re all car guys here and we don’t just slang parts. The FR-S was the hottest car to build last year so we put everything we had into this project.”
Now if you’ve driven an FR-S or read enough reviews, you’ll understand that the most common gripe is power. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine isn’t a slug as it pushes out 200hp to the crank, but leaves you begging for more, especially on the highway or accelerating down long straights. Mackin knew it wanted to develop the car for racing without taking away from the spirit of the FR-S, so they worked together with GReddy to fit its latest turbo kit. The kit comes with everything needed—T18Z top-mount turbo, exhaust manifold, downpipe, Airinx intake and front-mount intercooler. Matched with an MXP titanium exhaust, the FA20 threw down 230hp at the wheels giving the FR-S some much needed pep to its step. Plus with more horsepower, a Carbonetic 1.5-way limited-slip differential was installed to help stabilize traction.
Shifting gears away from the powertrain, Eddie told us the bulk of the modifications done to the FR-S were to improve handling and grip, hence the serious braking, aero and suspension mods. The brakes feature signature Mackin goodies from Project Mu, and both front and rear use the newest Monoblock calipers along with Club Racer pads.
In front of the brakes is a staple of Mackin, Gram Lights wheels. The coupe also runs on Toyo T1 Sport tires but these will be switched for something more grippy when the car finally hits the track.
As for aero, while all of us can spot a Rocket Bunny kit from a mile away, it also serves a purpose allowing the Mackin FR-S to run a wider wheel and tire setup for added grip. They also swapped out the Bunny rear spoiler for a track-proven Voltex wing, giving the Scion better downforce. Once the aero was installed, Mackin didn’t skimp on quality and opted to paint the car inside and out Porsche Mexico blue.
Lightening the FR-S was also an important factor toward gaining the most agility out of the car. So Mackin had the interior basically stripped minus Sparco seats and had a NASA-spec six-point rollcage fabricated by Evasive Motorsports. They also shed some pounds by replacing the hood, trunk and entire roof with dry carbon pieces—yes, the roof isn’t just an overlay, that’s real carbon, baby!
But the suspension takes the cake. This car demonstrates the pinnacle of handling for an FR-S. Dropped on KW’s aggressive Clubsport coilovers, it’s also braced enough for supreme rigidity, zero body flex and minimum body roll. It has the whole GTSPEC chassis package, which includes strut bars, control arms, subframe/fender braces and more. It’s also sporting some bulky Whiteline sway bars.
“This car feels good and doesn’t take away from the original feel of the car,” Eddie concludes. “A lot of people say the FR-S resembles the handling of the S2000 but with less power. The turbo elevates our car beyond the S2K and we’ve developed all areas of performance to make it competitive.”
Having built one of the most track-ready FR-Ss in the world, the next step is to actually put it to good use. Eddie hinted it’s scheduled to race at the next 25 Hours of Thunderhill or something higher. We’ll just have to wait and see, but for now we’re simply lovin’ it.
2013 Scion FR-S
Owner Mackin Industries
Hometown Santa Fe Springs, CA
Occupation U.S. importer of Japan’s best brands
Engine GReddy turbo kit with front-mount intercooler; MXP Titanium Special exhaust and downpipe; Ignition Projects ignition system; Project Mu brake reservoir cover and oil filter
Drivetrain Carbonetic 1.5-way limited-slip differential and clutch
Engine Management Custom tuned by GReddy; STACK instrument cluster; STRI gauges; ATI gauge pods
Footwork & Chassis KW Clubsport coilovers; Whiteline front and rear sway bars; GTSPEC strut bars, control arms, sway bar end-links, rear subframe reinforcement bar, fender brace, lower subframe reinforcement, rear lower T-brace, front four-point subframe tie brace, front four-point ladder brace and rear trunk brace; race-spec rollcage fabricated by Evasive Motorsport
Brakes Project Mu front and rear Motorsport Monoblock big brakes with Club Racer pads
Wheels & Tires 18x9.5”Gram Lights 57DR (driver) and 57 Extreme (passenger) wheels in Racing Orange; 245/40 R18 front, 275/35 R18 rear Toyo T1 Sport tires; Project KICS R40 lug nuts
Exterior Rocket Bunny x GReddy widebody kit; Voltex rear wing; Seibon dry carbon roof replacement, hood and trunk; Spyder Auto taillights; Tamon Design brake ducts; headlights painted darker; painted Porsche Mexico blue by TriStar Autobody
Interior Sparco seats, harnesses, steering wheel, hub, quick-release and shift knob; Pioneer AVIC-X950BH head unit
Thanks You Scion Racing, RAYS Wheels, GReddy, Rocket Bunny, Evasive Motorsports, KW Suspension, GTSPEC, Voltex, Toyo Tires, TriStar Autobody, Seibon, MXP, Sparco, Project Mu, Spyder Auto, Pioneer, ATI, STACK, Carbonetic, Ignition Projects, S&A Design
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