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Scion Tuner Challenge Build Theme Revealed

The bells and whistles of our SEMA project

Oct 29, 2014
Photographer: Jofel Tolosa

Three months ago, we were invited by Scion to build an FR-S for the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. We would be battling it out against two other builders from GT Channel and Speedhunters. It's now less than one week away from SEMA and time to introduce you to what we've been working on for the last 90 days!

With this year's introduction of the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0, we decided to use the limited edition car as an inspiration for our SEMA build. Our car began as a factory FR-S but we upgraded the front and rear bumpers, side skirts and headlights with TRD parts as used on the RS1. We also opted to use a similar color the RS1's Yuzu yellow paint. From there, it was time to put our own spin to the car and make it worthy of SEMA and the aftermarket FR-S community.

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If you've followed Super Street, we built a FR-S for the 2012 SEMA Show using everything from a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, HKS supercharger, BBS wheels, Recaro seats and more. We had to step up the game from that project which was themed more as a street car. We teamed up Jon Sibal for the concept and partered with companies such as LTMW, Gearheinz and Rywire to reach new heights and create a show car that would gain global attention. The body received a mixture of Rocket Bunny version 1 and 2 flares however molded to the body and shaved of its rivet holes. A Seibon carbon-fiber trunk, plus custom front splitters, side skirt add-ons and foglight delete complete the exterior.

We kept the chassis a good mix of street and show with Wilwood big brakes all around, KW Clubsport coilovers, Eibach rear camber kit and a plethora of Whiteline suspension upgrades. Wheels help make any project build so we teamed up with Floss Design to build a custom widened BBS LM wheels that have the lips polished and centers brushed with a gunmetal tint.

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Interior, we opted for a classy/motorsport inspired look—reminiscent of something you would see in a high quality Porsche or BMW build. A pair of Recaro Sporster CS seats, Personal steering wheel and six-point roll cage were installed; however to tie in the entire interior to the exterior, we had all the stitching in the interior rethreaded yellow. Various interior panels were painted piano black to tie in the classy theme. Pop open the trunk and you can tell we didn't skimp on audio. Three Pioneer subwoofers along with three amps rest in a custom enclosure built by The Car Shop. LED lights were fitted all-around including two custom displays on each side that feature the Super Street logo.

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The wow factor of our FR-S build is none other than the engine setup. The FR-S has been around for more than two years and we've seen great success with tuners and enthusiasts making fast street and track cars using forced induction. Due to the nature of this challenge, we ultimately wanted to try something different and that would shock current FR-S enthusiasts; hence the individual throttle bodies setup. We realize it won't make the most power but there's no denying the sound and look of the four velocity stacks within the engine bay. We also feel it pays homage to what the FR-S was designed from in the beginning - the AE86. With the help of Gearheinz, Rywire and MoTeC, we were able to implement Borla individual throttle bodies. We couldn't leave the engine bay plain either so we deleted as many accessories that weren't necessary to clean up the bay while filling the firewall and tubing the wheel wells for a smooth "hot rod" like appearance. Rywire also developed a custom engine and chassis harness to help tidy up the bay of excessive wiring.

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With less than three months to build this car and a limited budget, we're very pleased with how this build turned out and it wouldn't have been possible with our partners and supporters: LTMW, Gearheinz, Rywire, The Car Shop, Pioneer, Aeroflow, MoTeC, Borla, Wilwood, Recaro, The ID Agency, KW, Seibon, Whiteline, GReddy, Bulletproof Automotive, PPG, Godspeed, Works Bell, Eibach, Floss Design, Nitto Tire, SPEC Clutch, Turn 14, Perrin, Auto Tuned and Jon Sibal.

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