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.
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.
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!