• Aug 9, 2010
Chris Rado's Time Attack Scion AWD – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chris Rado has added another car to Team Need for Speed: an 1,100-horsepower all-wheel drive Scion TC taking aim at the Time Attack series. It's taken a few years to take the idea from concept to reality, and pictures of the build make it clear why. The zebra-marked tC with gold-plated bulkhead and hood-exit exhaust made its debut last weekend at Road Atlanta, and for some reason – maybe the snowplow? – we wouldn't be surprised to see it on a mountain in Colorado someday. Have a closer look at it in the gallery of high-res photos below.



[Source: Speedhunters via Designlenta]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Coolest Scion I have seen today.
      Not that it was much of a stretch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      did they do any wind tunnel testing ??? or did they just glue on everything they could find for down force ?? a thought what if they put on so much it slowed it down from to much friction ????
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a time attack car, not a top speed car. Also, considering the Suzuki Grand Vitara Pikes Peak is built in the same manner, it doesn't have trouble getting to 160mph.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Air resistance? I believe that's what the 1,100 hp is for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that one ugly looking scion!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys are showing your ignorance diss-ing this car.

      This group has one of the faster production based track cars ever built and it was FWD before if I recall. Unlimited class time attack cars are no joke.

      To the poster above, an LFA would get destroyed so bad by this thing it's not even funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it and at the same time I hate it.. I'm so conflicted right now. lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      but of course! if this was a Hyundai no matter how crappy it is people will explode in their pants. AB is b.s for one thing...their blind hate towards Toyota while leaning on Hyundai. about 90% people here praise Hoondai while bashing Toyota. this is almost as pathetic as watching top gear for reasonable car advise
      • 4 Years Ago
      it might have been cheaper if they bought an LFA. They also might have had better results.

      It sucks that toyota sponsored teams have no real cars to use and are forced to make their own cars to compete. Outside of the LFA and the ISF(expensive) toyota has nothing to offer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Smokey Yuniks 7/8 chevelle was also pointless.

        Doesn't mean it wasn't cool. What have you built, an internet post? Go you!
        • 4 Years Ago
        that's why i put might.

        what do you have to say about toyota not having other sports cars or their race teams having to make their own cars because i haven't seen any other all wheel drive scions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Scion tC is a sport compact which is a 4 wheeled car. That makes it a sports car. The new tC is a much more focused car with 180hp and better handling.

        I don't get why people think the tC is a horrible car and that it's not considered "exciting". I guess they've never driven it. A car doesn't need a lot of power to be exciting.

        Porsche 914
        Fiat X19
        Honda CRX
        Nissan 200SX SE-R
        Mazda Miata
        Caterham 7
        • 4 Years Ago
        The TC replaced the Celica, replaced it with a bloated boat of a car that handles like a Camry. That alone makes it deserving of all the hate it gets. Now add to that the fact that Toyota shoe horns it into racing by making it RWD or AWD, two flavors you can not and will not ever be able to buy, and I say FU on this one Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You must work for Team NFS to know how much they spent. Because that's the only way you could know how much they spent on this compared to an LF-A's price. Neither this or the Speedhunters article states the price.

        Considering this is based on Team NFS's previous time attack car, they didn't spend much to modify it. I have a very strong feeling they didn't spend more than 350 grand that could of been spent on an LF-A.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't decide which is uglier, this or the Reynard Inverter
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a pretty awesome way to advertise videogames. I wasn't really interested in NFS before, but I'll check it out now.

      EA need to make a games about what Group B, Group C would have been like had they continued to this day, and make some cars for that. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        "EA need to make a games about what Group B, Group C would have been like had they continued to this day"

        You should look into DiRT 3, it seems like it's going to be exactly that...and more. Doesn't come out until next year though...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Behold! The results of a lengthy "what if" session.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Vin Diesel got thin!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've never understood why someone would start with a POS econo-box and then modify every single thing on it to make it fast; why not just start with a decent car, leave most of it intact and make it just as fast?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It could the challenge of taking a POS econobox to a world class performance performance machine or it could be just a simple bit of economics. If you are building race cars there is probably a good chance that you will wreck or otherwise damage one. If damage the econobox you could probably have plenty of cash sitting around for parts or new donor vehicles if you aren't a manufacturer backed team. You grenade the trans or damage some other part in a high dollar car you might end up spending more for a part than the whole damn econobox.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tankd0g

        Research is your friend. It would help if you research Formula D and D1GP rules, plus which platform the tC and Lexus HS250h are built on.

        Look up the Toyota Avensis to be specific.

        You sir, are an idiot. I suggest researching next time before you decide going off on someone with false info. Thank you and good night.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @usmckozmo

        Where in the heck are you getting your info? Formula D and D1GP rules state that the cars have to be on a factory RWD or AWD platform and that they CANNOT use modified tubed chassis. Hence why both the tC and Impreza can be in both series. They are both on AWD platforms. I wouldn't trust Edmunds if I was you. They suck at reviewing cars and they are (the majority of the time) inaccurate about the performance of a car. Saying that the car resembles only the Genesis in name is a very broad statement. He never said anything about it being on a tuned chassis. Also, watch the Rides episode of the GTO drift car build. They use the factory platform.

        If I remember correctly, Redline Time Attack rules state the same exact thing. Now from reading the build from a year ago, this is based on the same platform that underpinned their previous car, which was a factory tC platform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Elmo

        By what stretch of the imagination is the Tc a RWD or AWD chasis? Toyota got special exemption to modify their POS modified car because that had literally NOTHING ELSE to enter in the series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its only a Scion TC in name. Take Formula D drift cars for instance: The Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Pontiac GTO drifters are both tube frame chassis with custom power plants, drive lines, and suspension. They got body panels that resemble the namesakes lines, but even those are lightweight one-offs.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbvJVT2pWDQ

        Same story in NASCAR as well...
        • 4 Years Ago
        All Formula Drift cars are production sheetmetal mostly, and the same exact unibodies you buy off the showroom floor, except for modifications for weight savings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The point is that they aren't econoboxes anymore, there is so little of the original car left that is just becomes a billboard for the road car. The amount of time and money spend modifying the original car does not end up as any sort of savings.
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