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  • Daniel Song's Scion FR-S GT for SEMA 2012 front

  • Daniel Song's Scion FR-S GT for SEMA 2012 rear

  • Chris Basselgia's Scion FR-S for SEMA 2012 rear

  • Chris Basselgia's Scion FR-S for SEMA 2012 front

  • John Toca's Scion FR-S for SEMA 2012 rear

  • John Toca's Scion FR-S for SEMA 2012 front

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, $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 $10,000 check.

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.
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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








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      bazinga
      • 2 Years Ago
      First thing I noticed about the FR-S GT was the stretched tires, then I watched the video and found out he's using an air-bag/coil spring hybrid suspension, talk about achilles heel. Daniel Song instantly failed with those choices, IMO. GT look without the race car function, RICE would be the appropriate term. +1 for the Evasive Motorsports FR-S posted in the comments section below.
        sambo33oh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bazinga
        air suspension is a requirement for the competition so there was no choice...doubt you'd be able to build a better car in the given time frame
      Ben Doolittle
      • 2 Years Ago
      SEMA & FRS are just made for each other.
      WindsWilling
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone didn't tell these guys that the car was set up perfect from the factory? More power just throws off the harmony between motor and chassis that is absolute perfection in the 86, something never witnessed before in automotive history. Needs more stereo equipment and blue/pink flames from their exhausts...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
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          XT6Wagon
          • 2 Years Ago
          Alex, Its pretty safe to say that the chassis can handle 300+ HP. Modern crash standards see to that if not the design ideal of low polar moment means keeping everything you can inside the wheelbase. Which means in most cases a very stiff center shell so that you don't have to have heavy structures supporting the engine and suspension outside the wheelbase. The 04 STi for example was massively overbuilt for 300hp/300torque. 400whp with 420ft-lbs at 3,500 is what I had mine at and the body didn't care at all. Mind thats enough torque to do a 4wd burnout at 70+ mph on hoosiers by simply jumping on the throttle too fast. Subaru for better or worse puts plenty of extra body structure compared to other makers. Its part why they are heavier, since the AWD itself is only an extra 100lbs or so.
          Alex Butti
          • 2 Years Ago
          ...and you are? Did you engineered the FR-S? Did you work with Mr Tada (Chief engineer of the FR-S)? Didn't think so! The fact that the FR-S "needs" more power, that's subjective! That's an American stereotyping concept that EVERY damn car on the road have to have 1000hp, whereas the MAJORITY of drivers suck ass at driving!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
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          XT6Wagon
          • 2 Years Ago
          yah, I'd say the BRZ/FR-S is an inexpensive Cayman if you want to compare it to something. 1/2 the price, and softer tuned for the 95% worldwide who wouldn't care about that last 0.1 at the autocross or trackday. Or a hardtop miata. Or a 2dr RX-8. Or hardtop S2K. Or Or seriously, been plenty of cars like this before.
          eeenok
          • 2 Years Ago
          yeah, he's joking. and it's kind of obvious
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
        You almost had me going there....
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      DarkKnight67
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, those really look like crap! I mean, it looks like something created in the backyard of a kid who was told by his parents he couldn't have a real car.
      Adrian Hosein
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh..wow..the wheels on that black car with those tyres is just pure SEX!!! ugh..i need...that....:|....
        XT6Wagon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Adrian Hosein
        I like the style, but for larger cars with more visual wieght. Like a wagon or something that matches the thick spokes better. Oh and they have really horrible brake clearence. Takes a 19" to fit brakes like a OEM 17" wheel designed for brembo class calipers. Which also can be good if you want 19" rims but don't want 13" brakes to look small.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @XT6Wagon
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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs more wings. Nice overly wide wheels for the mounted tire too, I'm sure the extra unsprung mass does wonders for performance.
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        @Ducman69
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        Alex Butti
        • 2 Years Ago
        They're all going S/C because the stratospheric compression ratio (12.5:1). Thus the super mild S/C (which MOST likely only produces 8 psi of boost). For an FR-S to take on the turbo the engine needs lower compression pistons. There's no point on slapping on a turbo and run 5 lbs. of boost.
          XT6Wagon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alex Butti
          you really don't know anything do you. The motor doesn't care where it gets its boost from. A supercharger is easier to tune with higher compression, but turbos will make more power from less boost so you can simply run less boost to match the superchargers HP output. They do this by not stealing 40 or more HP off the crank to power the blower. The GT500 for example needs more than 150hp for its blower at peak output. So a turbo GT500 running the same cylinder pressures would make 800+ crank HP with turbos instead of the blower.
          404 not found
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alex Butti
          In case you didn't know, there are a couple of shops running 15+ psi on this motor on E85 with the stock motor. There are videos all over YouTube.
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      cbamft
      • 2 Years Ago
      So how do you fill the black one with gas?
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