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2015 Scion FR-S RS 1.0 - We All Scream for Vlene

Supercharged FR-S goes wide...really wide!

Apr 3, 2017
Photographer: Luke Munnell

The plan going in was simple: Buy a new, fun project car like the Scion FR-S and make more power. However, somewhere along the way, a change in plans takes place. A simple streetcar can snowball into something more glorious than what you could have ever imagined. Thanh Duc Giang, aka Twig, never dreamed his car would turn out this way, but last fall he had the opportunity to team up with Mark Arcenal of the Fatlace empire to build the breathtaking FR-S you see before you.

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Even without the engine on, Twig's Scion FR-S is stunningly loud on the outside. It gives zero f%*ks about your animosity toward widebody kits, yet makes more power than the average FA20. This isn't just a run-of-the-mill FR-S sprayed in Yuzu Yellow, either, but the Release Series 1.0 that comes fitted with TRD tidbits from the factory. Scion only made 1,500 RS 1.0 units, but without hesitation, Twig made a decision that most FR-S owners struggle with every day—to go wide or not to go wide. As you can tell, Twig chose the latter. His FR-S became the first completed Vlene kit in the U.S. The fenders widen the front by 60 mm and the rear by a whopping 125 mm, which will forfeit any sort of compact car parking privileges. Another critical partner in the build was Young Tea of AutoTuned. Young tells us, "Because the kit has never been installed in the States before, he didn't have something to reference. Some of the panels were off by a little bit and needed to be reshaped." Unlike bolt-on fender flares, these were fitted with OEM-style hardware.

The styling on the Vlene kit has a bit of VIP-esque to it, which is complemented nicely with air ride via Air Lift, but that doesn't mean Twig was just going to keep his drive FR-S low and slow. The only way to make any power affordably in the Scion's FA20 is with the help of forced induction. In this case, he opted for the Sprintex SPS supercharger and a host of other modifications that help to bump power over the 300-whp mark.

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Somehow Young and Twig managed to complete the whole build within a tight six-week time period before SEMA, where it was showcased front and center in the Sprintex booth. Twig plans to bring the car to as many shows as he can in the coming months while still using it as his daily driver. And he tells us the ultimate goal is to bring it to a few track events like our 86 Showdown. Let's hear that Vlene scream, Twig!

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2014 scion fr s rs 1 moto east flex fuel kit Photo 11/23   |   2014 Scion Fr S Rs 1 Moto East Flex Fuel Kit
2014 scion fr s rs 1 wilwood big brake kit Photo 15/23   |   2014 Scion Fr S Rs 1 Wilwood Big Brake Kit
2014 scion fr s rs 1 trd momo steering wheel Photo 19/23   |   2014 Scion Fr S Rs 1 Trd Momo Steering Wheel
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2015 Scion FR-S RS 1.0 - We All Scream for Vlene
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Owner: Thanh Duc Giang
Hometown: El Monte, CA
Occupation: Designer
Power: 310 whp; 250 lb-ft of torque
Engine: Sprintex SPS supercharger; water-to-air intercooler; Perrin oil cooler; Radium oil catch can; K&N drop-in filter; Moto East flex fuel kit; APR radiator cooling plate; TOMEI equal length header, overpipe; TRD quad exhaust; FRS86 aluminum battery tie-down, aluminum oil cap
Drivetrain: MTec Industries shift springs, clutch spring, stainless steel clutch line
Footwork & Chassis: Air Lift Performance air management kit 3P, struts; Whiteline strut bar, rear lower control arms, rear toe arms, sway bars with adjustable links, rear subframe bushing, shifter bushing, front control arm braces, front steering rack & pinion bushing
Brakes: Wilwood front six-piston big brake kit, rear rotors, rear Sport pads, stainless steel brake lines
Wheels & Tires: 19x10.5" front, 19x12.5" rear Rotiform WGR wheels; 245/35R19 front, 295/30R19 rear Toyo Tires Proxes T1 Sport tires
Exterior: Vlene Japan widebody kit; TRD JDM headlights; Winjet foglights; Lexon LED taillights; Valenti 4th brake light; Beat Sonic reverse camera
Interior: Braum Racing Venom Series racing seats, six-point harnesses, harness bar; MTec Industries aluminum center console plaque, aluminum door sill; TRD shift knob, Euro armrest; TRD Momo steering wheel; OPT7 lighting; JPM Coachwork shift boot, e-brake boot; P3Cars Vent multi-gauge; OEM Audio Plus Reference 450Q
Thanks You: AutoTuned, Sprintex Superchargers, Fatlace & Illest, Moto East, Wilwood, OEM Audio Plus, Air Lift Performance, Rotiform, Toyo Tires, Whiteline, BRAUM Racing, Mtec Industries, Black Vue, Vinyl Pal, Choji the Shop Corgi, Jofel of Super Street

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