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Speedhunters Builds Retro Race Car for SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge 2014

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Speedhunters lived up to their name with the Scion Tuner Challenge build for SEMA 2014, building a track ready race car out of the FR-S. The Speedhunters Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S is a widebody racecar with a full roll cage, supercharger and more.
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The Speedhunters FR-S has a Cosworth Stage 2.0 supercharger, Delicious Tuning ECU tune, an Airaid intake, Raceseng air conditioner delete, shaved engine bay and wiring harness, a CSF radiator, JDL header, and a 3” single exit exhaust.

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For the exterior, the Speedhunters Scion Challenge FR-S got Speedhunters’ own KM4SH fender flares with shaved screw pockets for a cleaner look, Charvonia design fender vents and rear diffuser, custom front diffuser. For the race car look, the FR-S also got a side window glass delete, shaved door handles, shaved mirrors replaced with old school fender mounted mirrors. Seventeen inch Rotiform BLQ wheels keep up the retro theme.

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Full RS*R Black-i coilovers, SuperPro front and rear sway bars, sway bar stiffening plates and SPC Performance rear lower control arms give the Speedhunters FR-S handling to match the engine performance. A Wilwood big brake kit with 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers and 12.88” rotors will stop the car like brick wall.

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Since this is a SEMA car, the Speedhunters FR-S isn’t just a stripped out race car inside. The interior upgrades to the FR-S aren’t completely barebones: custom leather trim from JPM Coachworks, shaved seatbelt mounts and airbag test from Charvonia Design, custom door panels and dashboard, Takata harnesses (the import scene is going to have to come up with a new #basic harness to install in every car), a Cusco 4 point roll cage, custom low back seats, a race steering wheel, and vintage Indycar pedals and footrest.

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Source: Scion

GT Channel FR-S for SEMA 2014

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An FR-S concept car that isn’t widebody? That’s almost as rare as an unmolested 240SX. So what can you do to the FR-S besides slap a Rocket Bunny kit on it? GT Channel took the high road and decided to find out for their SEMA 2014 FR-S build.

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GT Channel teamed up with legendary Japanese tuner Mine’s for the build, which is sort of cheating but since this was a contest between media companies and it’s all about publicity and building great cars on the FR-S platform, they get a pass. For the body kit, the understated but beautiful GT Channel FR-S uses an Espirit front lip, TRD sideskirts and a Seibon carbon fiber diffuser. The carbon diffuser is matched with a Seibon carbon hood and trunk. Wheels are 18-inch Volk Racing ZE40 with 265-widrth Bridgestone Potenza R11S tiresThe two-tone paint and bright blue accents give the FR-S a high tech look, sort of like the glowing emblems the Release Series 1.0 comes with.

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GT Channel added an HKS GT supercharger along with an Unorthodox Racing crank pulley, a Ganador exhaust with 5Zigen straight pipe and a CSF Radiator. The KW coilover kit, along with supporting suspension mods, was tuned by MotoIQ.

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Inside the GT Channel FR-S has Recaro racing seats Takata harnesses (AAH SHRAPNEL!) and a Pioneer sound system.

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Source: Scion

Video – 400 HP Supercharged Scion FR-S Hits The Track

There’s one reason you buy a Scion FR-S and bolt a supercharger to it: to drive fast. Taking one of the most fun to drive cars on the market today and doubling the horsepower with a supercharger kit is one of the most fool-proof ways to put a smile on any car lover’s face.

This FR-S was built by French tuner Monstaka with an HKS supercharger kit and a few other mods including an exhaust to give the beast 400-horsepower. The video shows a hot lap of the Magny Cours Club track faster than a Porsche Cayman GTS.

Here’s a rundown of some lap times of the Magny Cours Club:
Lotus Exige S – 1’23”22
BMW M4 – 1’23”72
Scion FR-S by Monstaka – 1’23’75
Porsche Cayman GTS – 1’24”21
Alfa Romeo 4C – 1’24”91
Stock Scion FR-S 1’31”20

If the sound of the supercharged FR-S didn’t put a smile on your face, beating a Porsche Cayman GTS will.

SEMA 2014 – Scion FR-S T1 Targa Isn’t A Convertible, But It’s Halfway There

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Scion’s FR-S Targa SEMA 2014 car gives us new hope for multiple body styles in the FR-S. The FR-S Targa has removable center roof section (hence the name) rear window louvres that will hopefully make their way to the aftermarket and a widebody kit.

The FR-S T1 was built by Cartel Customs for Scion’s SEMA booth and sits on KW Coilovers and forged 19-inch wheels. The targa top isn’t the only custom bit on the FR-S T1, it also has a custom widebody kit with a center mounted exhaust. It’s not all show either, a Greddy turbo kit has been installed along with a Wilwood big brake kit.

Like Bon Jovi said, we’re halfway there, woah-oh living on a prayer. We still don’t have an FR-S convertible (besides the original concept car), but the Targa shows that Scion wants more than just a coupe out of the FR-S.

An FR-S Targa isn’t a convertible, you can’t just toss a surfboard in and go to the beach and your back seat passengers won’t get much of a tan, but it would make the FR-S a closer competitor to the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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Source: Carscoops

A Life in Videos: The Ekanoo Racing 2JZ GT86

Chances are you’ve heard some news anchor or “social media expert” waxing poetic on TV or the internet about how this generation will have video and picture proof of their entire lives to look back on. That’s boring, nobody cares about your life except your mom and she loves your brother better anyway. What’s not boring is watching the life of Ekanoo Racing’s GT86 as it grows from a little sports car with an engine swap to a fire breathing (literally) six second monster.

Here is the 2JZ swapped GT86 running with a Precision 6262 turbo making 440-whp.

With a bit of tuning and race gas, the 2JZ GT86 made 577-whp. Not bad.

An 11 second pass is nothing to complain about, but running an 11.1 left Ekanoo racing smelling tens and vowing to be back soon.

And they were back, ticking off a 10.9 on Nitto 555 drag tires.

Adding a 4 row intercooler, AEM ECU, and a 3.5-inch exhaust, EKanoo got the GT86 to put down 633-horsepower.

With those new mods, the 2JZ GT86 made a 10.5-second pass at 196-km/h.

After adding new heads, HKS 272 cams, and new axles, the Ekanoo GT86 broke quadruple digits and put down 1,082 wheel horsepower on a dyno.

Then it looks like Ekanoo either painted their GT86 white or bought a new one to use what they had learned on a straight drag car, then promptly grenaded their driveshaft in a shower of sparks at the end of a run.

The first shakedown run with a new driveshaft resulted in a 7.54 1/4 mile at 259-km/h.

Then finally the 6.85-second quarter mile run at 325-km/h that we posted about earlier.

Ekanoo Racing GT86 Drives 6 Second 1/4 Mile

You can do a lot of things in six seconds: make a first impression, shotgun a beer, fix your hair, run 20 yards, disappoint a woman emotionally or physically.

And now: Travel the 1/4 mile in six seconds in a GT86!

Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain just posted this video of their GT86 doing the 1/4 mile in 6.85 seconds. The car, owned by Ebrahim Kanoo, is powered by a 2JZ engine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.

Rocket Bunny FR-S/ BRZ Scale Model Kit Now Available

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You love the Rocket Bunny widebody kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. You do. Don’t lie and say you don’t just because you can’t afford to build one. There’s no reason to hate out of jealousy. So since we both know how much you love the Rocket Bunny kit, we both know you’re going to want to build this model car version.

Built by Aoshima and now on sale sold by Speedhunters, the Rocket Bunny FR-S model is the perfect toy for tuners, it not only comes with a full Scion FR-S with the Rocket Bunny widebody kit, but also with a full arsenal of Greddy mods and Volk G25 wheels for the 1:24 size sports car.

Lucas Oil KSR FR-S With the World’s First TRD Supercharger

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If you’re a fan of the Scion FR-S’ TRD supercharger, and who isn’t, then you have to respect the Lucas Oil KSR FR-S for no other reason than the fact that this was the very first car to be outfitted with the Toyota built, bolt on, warranty preserving TRD supercharger. This is the genesis (not Hyundai), the alpha (not Alfa), the prelude (not Honda).

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This TRD supercharged 2013 FR-S was first unveiled at the 2012 SEMA show and is now racing in the Pirelli World Challenge with Robert Stout driving. The car has a Cusco and Vertex suspension, 325-horsepower and 325 ft-lbs of torque from the TRD supercharged FA20, and a curb weight of just 2,600 lbs. The Lucas Oil KSR FR-S also has a Vertex body kit and 18-inch Rays TE37 wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires.

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Source: Scion Racing
 

FR-S Wrecked by Hurricane Sandy Gets New Life As A Drifter

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It’s a story Steinbeck could have told. D’Angelo loses everything to Hurricane Sandy, the storm that wreaked hell on the east coast in 2012, flooding towns and replacing dreams and futures with sand and water. With no home left and so many others in the same situation, he has nowhere to turn to. Tangelo becomes a drifter.

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The TAngelo (D’Angelo in the little story above) racing Scion FR-S was totaled after Hurricane Sandy and bought from a salvage yard by Tony Angelo. Since the car was wrecked, it was a perfect place to start from scratch on an FR-S drift build for Formula Drift. TAngelo put a Toyota 2AZ motor (the 2.4 liter from the Scion tC, xB and Toyota Camry) with a Garret turbo pumping the normally economical four-banger up to 750-horsepower and 700 ft-lbs of torque. The TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S uses a G-Force GSR transmission and Hankook RS-3 tires to put that power to the ground and Wilwood brakes slow it back down.

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The exterior of the TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S has a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Stance suspension and Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels.

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TAngelo estimates that the car will do 0-60 in about 3 seconds and the 1/4 mile in about 10. Not bad for a car that was tossed in a junkyard after Hurricane Sandy.

 

Source: Scion Racing

Welding Candy – Apple Red Weld Techniques ITB FR-S

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If you’re a fan of Japanese cars, the acronym JDM probably worked its way into your lexicon a long time ago. So the idea that Scion FR-S owners are swapping their stock USDM parts and badges for JDM swag like Toyota 86 badges should come as no surprise to you (we’ve all seen so many “Honda Integra”s it doesn’t even register). But what might surprise you is that in the land of the rising sun, there are actually people who like the U.S. versions of cars. I’m not talking muscle fans importing Mustangs and Corvettes, but people who might prefer an Acura over a Honda Scion over a Toyota.

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Atsushi Ito is one of those folks, and he runs Weld Techniques Factory, a Japanese tuner brand that doesn’t skimp on customizing and had built a name on speed (a D1 drift car) quality and taste. Weld Techniques Factory imported a U.S. Scion FR-S for this build and then outfitted it with a custom Rocket Bunny widebody kit (notice the crease in the fenders), a Voltex swan neck carbon fiber spoiler (mounted to a carbon fiber sheet under the trunk lid for more stiffness), individual throttle bodies, candy apple red paint and Work XSA04C wheels.

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The car only makes 220 horsepower since the engine mods are limited the individual throttle bodies, a tune and a full titanium exhaust. A JIC coilover suspension and Project Mu brakes give the car even more racecar bling.

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Check out 7Tune’s full writeup of the Weld Techniques Factory FR-S along with a ton more pictures.