Posted Oct 28th 2012 6:02PM
In preparation for this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas, Scion approached three tuners with the chance to go head to head in a design competition. Each entrant received its own FR-S, US$15,000 and three months to turn its show-car vision into reality. Judges at the show will score each ride on a variety of merits, and the winning builder will go home with a US$10,000 cheque.
Chicago native John Toca's Carbon Stealth FR-S boasts a Vortech Supercharger as well as a host of Cusco suspension bits. A full body kit, wheels and a suite of high-end audio components define the coupe, while a custom alcantara interior and leather Reacaro buckets add to the show car's flavor.
If we had to pick a winner right now, it would probably be Daniel Song's FR-S GT (above). The Orange County, California resident decided to eschew the typical show car regimen for a pared-down GT racer look. The car features a widebody kit penned by JONSIBAL along with a full roll cage, a Sparco racing seat and plenty of carbon fiber. Song's FR-S uses the same Vortech Supercharger as Toca's creation.
Of course, we're fond of Chris Basselgia's "minty FReSh" FR-S, too. With its wild paint, a full leather interior retrim and a stack of audio gear, it's easy to write this car off as just another show queen, But Basselgia shoved in a custom billet intake as well as an Eaton blower for a little more pep. Full Neo Motorsports 6-piston calipers are also part of the recipe. You can check out each builder's introductory video below, as well as the full press release.
News Source: Scion
Scion Reveals FR-S Tuner Challenge Cars in Advance of 2012 SEMA Show
TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 26, 2012) – Scion revealed its three FR-S Tuner Challenge cars last night in advance of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show that kicks off in Las Vegas on Oct. 30.
The eighth annual Scion Tuner Challenge gave three custom car builders the chance to put their creative talents to the test in a competition to design and build the best FR-S. Three months ago, Scion gave each builder a stock 2013 FR-S and a $15,000 build budget.
The finished cars will be critiqued by an independent car show judging company, Global Judging. Scion will hold a press conference at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. PDT to announce the winner of the Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge. The winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize.
"This year's SEMA show has extra energy from the recent launch of the 2013 FR-S sports car," said Steve Hatanaka, Scion auto shows and events manager. "The buzz and enthusiasm from FR-S owners has been tremendous as they look for ways to take their cars to the next level with custom and performance accessories. This year's Scion Tuner Challenge contestants did an amazing job showcasing how the FR-S can be personalized."
FR-S Tuner Challenge Builds
"Carbon Stealth FR-S" by John Toca of Chicago, Ill.
"FR-S GT" by Daniel Song of Orange County, Calif.
"Minty FReSh" by Chris Basselgia of Lebanon, Pa.
For detailed specifications and high-resolution images on each of the FR-S Tuner Challenge cars, please visit www.ScionNewsroom.com or download the Scion Tuner Challenge Spec Sheet at http://pressroom.scion.com/releases/scion+frs+tuner+sema+specifications.htm