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Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Wilwood brakes, Rywire harness and KW coilovers

Mar 6, 2015
Photographer: Jofel Tolosa

Lat year we embarked on the Scion Tuner Challenge to build an FR-S for the 2014 SEMA Show. We would be battling it out against two other builders from GT Channel and Speedhunters. With only 90 days to finish, it was going to be a huge challenge—but nothing Team Super Street couldn't finish! In part 2 we handle braking, suspension and cleaning up the wire mess.

Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project 2014 - Part 1

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 stock silver FR-S, but we upgraded the front and rear bumpers, side skirts, headlights, and fender garnish with TRD parts as used on the RS1. We also opted to use a PPG Speed Yellow paint—similar to the RS1's Yuzu yellow. From there, it was time to put our own spin on the car and make it worthy of SEMA and the FR-S community.

If you've followed our previous project car, we built an FR-S for the 2012 SEMA Show using everything from a Rocket Bunny Version 1 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. So we teamed up with Jon Sibal for the concept and partnered with companies such as LTMW, Gearheinz, and Rywire to reach new heights and create a show car that would gain global attention.

To start, the body received a mixture of Rocket Bunny version 1 and 2 flares from GReddy USA; however, the rivet holes were shaved off and the fenders were molded to the body. A Seibon carbon-fiber hood and trunk, plus custom Aeroflow front splitters, side skirt add-ons, and foglight deletes completed the exterior.

We kept the chassis a good mix of street and show with Wilwood big brakes all around, KW Clubsport coilovers, an Eibach rear camber kit, and a plethora of Whiteline suspension upgrades. Having the right shoes makes any project, so we teamed up with Floss Design to rebuild an old set of BBS LMs that have been widened, lips freshly polished, and centers brushed with a gunmetal tint.

For the 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 Sportster CS seats, Personal steering wheel, and Godspeed six-point rollcage were installed. To tie in the exterior color, we had all the stitching of the interior rethreaded yellow. Various 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 subs 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.

So far, the parts list and vision of the project have been using high-quality parts with a clean theme. However, we needed some wow factor for the build, which comes in way under the hood. The FR-S has been around for more than two years, and we've seen great success with cars using forced induction. Due to the nature of this challenge, we ultimately wanted to try something different that would shock the current FR-S community. So we said, screw it! Let's do an individual throttle bodies setup. We realize it won't make the most power, but there's no denying the sound and look of 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 ITBs. We couldn't leave the engine bay stock, either, so we deleted as many accessories that weren't necessary to clean up the bay while filling the firewall and tubbing 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.

With less than three months to build this car and a limited budget, we're very pleased with how this build is turning out, and it wouldn't have been possible without 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. We'll have a more in-depth story on the car after SEMA, so stay tuned!

Scion tuner challenge FR S project car 01 Photo 2/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Our project was handled mostly by LTMW in El Monte, California.

Scion tuner challenge FR S rywire 02 Photo 3/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

A look at Mr. Rywire test-fitting his custom engine harness.

Scion tuner challenge FR S mil spec connector 03 Photo 4/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Mil-spec connector and a shaved firewall—the only way to go!

Scion tuner challenge FR S rywire engine harness 04 Photo 5/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Another look at the wiring harness, which took Rywire an entire week to build from scratch. More on this later!

Scion tuner challenge FR S shaved engine bay 05 Photo 6/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Just a few weeks earlier when Gearheinz shaved the bay. Time flies!

Scion tuner challenge FR Sborla individual throttle bodies 06 Photo 7/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

We're the first in North America to try ITBs on an FR-S. Was it going to work?!

Scion tuner challenge FR S MoTeC M150 ECU 07 Photo 8/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR S Motec M150 ECU 07

MoTeC supplied us with its direct plug-n-play M150 ECU for the project. Without it, there was no way we could get the ITBs to work!

Scion tuner challenge FR S custom alacantara leather trunk enclosure 08 Photo 9/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Sneak peek at the custom alcantara/leather trunk enclosure built by The Car Shop using all Pioneer gear.

Scion tuner challenge FR S borla exhaust 09 Photo 10/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Borla didn't just supply the ITBs but also the header and exhaust.

Scion tuner challenge FR S whiteline chassis care package 10 Photo 11/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

We had parts everywhere that needed to be installed, including a chassis care package from Whiteline.

Scion tuner challenge FR S personal steering wheel 11 Photo 12/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Personal steering wheel and Works Bell hub from Aspec would be key parts of the interior. The yellow stitching was a must!

Scion tuner challenge FR S wilwood big brake kit 12 Photo 13/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Big thanks to Wilwood for hooking us up with its six-piston front, four-piston rear big brake kits.

Scion tuner challenge FR S rywire LTMW super street gearheinz 13 Photo 14/14   |   Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S Project Car: Part 2

Rywire, LTMW, Super Street, Gearheinz—our first time all working together, but surely not our last!

Special thanks to Gearheinz, and The Car Shop


KW Suspension
Sanger, CA 93657
GReddy Performance Products
Irvine, CA 92618
SPEC Clutch
Bessemer, AL 35022
Oxnard, CA 93033
Seibon Carbon
City of Industry, CA 91745
South El Monte, CA 91733
Whiteline Automotive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Wilwood Brakes
Camarillo, CA 93012
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
ASPEC Products
Bulletproof Automotive
Hawthorne, CA 90250
El Monte, CA 91732
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