Category Archives: Scion FR-S Performance

Ferrari Swapped FR-S Drifts Circles Around 458 Italia

Professional drifter Ryan Tuerck recently swapped the engine out of a Ferrari into a Scion FR-S, making a what you would call a Frankenstein’s monster of a car if Frankenstein’s monster came out breathing fire and ripping donuts in a parking lot. Next to a 458 Italia, the car that comes standard with the 578-hp F136 V8 engine that was swapped into this drift monster, the FR-S looks…

Brutal.

This was just a photo shoot, but seeing these two next to each other invites you to dream about a drag race between the two. It wouldn’t be disrespectful to Ferrari to say the engine swapped FR-S is probably a bit quicker than the production car. The stock Ferrari has nice things like leather seats, a radio, traction control, and air conditioning (check out the F&F ready roof scoop for fresh air on the FR-S, that won’t fly in a quarter million dollar car). Oh and a legal exhaust. That 1-foot long exhaust that exits before the front tires probably won’t pass CAFE.

No drag race in this video, just some good old fashioned friendly donuts.

In case you’re wondering, Tuerck seems to have perfect control over the car, so the V8 swap didn’t mess with the handling too much.

This is the same guy who drifted up the Oregon Trail and up a ski mountain in his drift FR-S, so hold don’t worry, we can expect more awesome videos featuring the Ferrari swapped Scion.

 

Images via Donut Media on Youtube

The Ferrari FR-S GT4586 – a Scion FR-S With a Ferrari 458 Engine Isn’t a Terrible Idea

The Scion FR-S/ Toyota 86 is a fantastic car, and if you’re building a drift car the 2JZ is an awesome choice. It’s also a pretty common one. V8 swaps aren’t unheard of either. What’s a guy supposed to swap in when he wants to stand out from the crowd but still needs to compete? A Ferrari 458 engine should do the trick.

Ryan Tuerck, who famously took his FR-S drifting up a ski mountain and drifted the Oregon Trail (without dysentery), has outfitted the FR-S with the 4.5-liter V8 F136 engine from a 458 Italia to set it up perfectly for a drift up the Matterhorn.

The FR-S/ 86 chassis is a bit of a tight fit for the Ferrari V8 engine swap, but sometimes tight is goo.

Tuerck’s 86 needed a little modification to fit the 458 engine. The tube frame and exhaust that exits before the front wheels might not be street legal, but that’s ok we love it anyway.

Here’s why this is an idea that should make its way back to Toyota and get some real attention.

  1. Toyota might be stepping away from Subaru for the next generation of the FR-S, and they need another smaller automaker to get into bed with. Why not try Italian this time?
  2. A new Toyota Supra still hasn’t happened and when the Supra was out it had the best engine in the world. Remember when Dom said “smoke him” and we were all surprised when the Supra beat the Ferrari? Turns out that wasn’t all that unexpected, the Ferrari had 300 hp. But that was 15 years ago, now the Supra would need a little more to beat a Ferrari.
  3. Toyotas have a reputation as appliance cars, and what could incite excitement more than using the engine technology from the most famous, desired, passion creating car maker in the world? The company needs a win especially after Scion’s slow and painfull death.

 

 

Images via Donut Media on Youtube.

Video: Watch the 1,000+ HP Ekanoo Racing FR-S Spit Flames and Sound Like Zeus’ Blender

If the god of thunder and awesome had a blender that he used to make the most delicious ambrosia daiquiris the heavens and earth had ever tasted, it would sound like the Ekanoo racing FR-S spitting flames through its hood in this video. We’ve made no secret of our love for the Ekanoo Racing FR-S, see our other stories about it here, here and here, and this just solidifies it as one of the best 86s in the world.

 

Scion and Mackin Industries Race Pikes Peak in 500-HP FR-S

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Scion teamed up with Mackin Industries for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. Scion didn’t build this year’s car, but sponsored Mackin’s build of the FR-S, which has over 500-horsepower, along with Greddy and Evasive Motorsports.

Evasive Motorsports Dynoed the Pikes Peak 2015 FR-S and found 480-horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque on their Mustang Dyno. Not too shabby, and what’s even more impressive is that the build survived the 12.42-mile long Pikes Peak course that ends at 14,000 feet of elevation.

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The FR-S was built with a Greddy turbo kit using a Garret GTX3076R turbo and a mean looking custom exhaust. The car was originally built for SEMA, so it’s not all go no show, the Mackin industries Pikes Peak FR-S also has a full Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Rays wheels with Toyo tires and of course a fully built suspension for the Hill Climb.

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Official race results have not been tabulated yet due to a mixup on race day that involved two different checkered flags at different places on the course. Organizers say a decision has been made regarding official times and final results for the race are forthcoming (as of July 7).

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Source: Scion

Watch an FR-S Hot lap The Nurburgring Nordschleife

The Nurburgring’s Nordschleife is one of, if not the, most famous tracks in the world. It’s so important that sports car makers use it was part of their advertising to show how fast their car is along with 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times and top speeds. So of course you want to see an FR-S whip around the Nordschleife and absolutely kill it.

The Toyota GT86 (this is Germany, they don’t have Scions there) absolutely dusts a few BMWs (including one turd that won’t let him pass) that almost definitely have a few horses on him, an Audi that looks pretty nice, and a few hatch backs. If you needed any more proof that the FR-S and BRZ are awesome sports cars, no matter the comparatively wimpy engine, this is it.

The GT86 is owned by RSR racing rentals and is completely stock except for better tires and brake pads.

Chew Are Going To Love The Stay Minty FR-S

Custom cars are a purely passionate endeavor. There is no rational reason to spend thousands of dollars on aesthetic mods to a car, nor performance upgrades on a car used for the daily commute, but there is a particular type of person that is still drawn into the expensive, frustrating, unjustifiable and unreciprocated love of cars and against the odds finds happiness there.

Passion can only exist in the absence of reason, and so as car lovers we have to applaud when someone forgoes all reason and delves irrationally deep into the world of customization.

Kendall White is one of those people. He clearly has a passion for his car that goes beyond the simple pleasure of having a good looking automobile in his garage. The owner of the Stay Minty FR-S isn’t a wealthy car collector who had the car built on a lark, he works 6 months away from home at a time to afford his Ahabian quest for the perfect FR-S.

Case in point: I asked Kendall for a little bit of information about himself and the car and his mindset with the build and he sent me back this awesome, expansive story. In addition to building an awesome FR-S, he makes the writer’s job easy. What better way to learn about someone than in their own words?

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My name is Kendall White, I was Born and raised in a small area around Taberville Missouri. Don’t try and look for it on a map because you probably won’t find it (laughs). With being from a small town I have a lot of respect for everything that I deal with. Not only do I give respect I get respect in return for being so young in a community that worships custom car builders such as myself. When I was a boy, I started my life out having dreams just like every other small child does. But I felt like my dreams were different. Every time I turned around I found myself into something automotive. It came from a family aspect judging by the preferences that they had in their dreams, I look back and they were all in to cars also. So I do believe my family history had to do a lot with it.

The beginning of my automotive loving days was when I turned seven years old. Not only because of hot wheel cars like everyone else but when I had first got a hold of my first copy of car and driver magazine. That was a big part of my childhood Memory. Imagining myself building and driving the most amazing car’s that there were back in the 90s. Didn’t matter if it was drift, rally, or even stock car racing the point is I was hooked. From then on out I found my calling.

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Throughout school it was hard to decide what I wanted to be in life. I had various jobs, such as farming, Industrial and retail, but at that time I was never really interested in anything like that. In Missouri where I was from its very hard to find a job that you can make enough money to build your dream car. From there I decided to join a company that was something new to my liking. It was an oil field job that my family has worked at for decades. Not knowing what I was getting myself into. I went ahead and started right away. Working away from home 6 months at a time is a very hard task to take on but I did it anyways. From My first day at Work up until now I have accomplished a lot. Even my self-saying that I believe it. My career has relocated me to Lumberton Texas where I have settled down and have taken my custom car building to an all-time high.

*In today’s Scene we have multiple types of vehicles, people and personalities. Anywhere you look competition is everywhere. Not like it was when it first started.

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*From day one of making my mind up on buying a new concept of vehicle like the Scion FRS I knew I had the build planned before I even sat in the driver’s seat.

June 2012 was a special time of year for me, I pre ordered my Firestorm Scion FRS. I was absolutely excited to see what this new concept of vehicle would be like. With me pre ordering an FRS so early in the year I had to wait Six weeks for it to be delivered, which was the longest wait ever. I still can’t believe that I actually put money down on a car that I never even seen before in person (laughs). It was down to the point where I was calling once a week to see if the dealership knew where it was located at. Six weeks waiting the day was finally here, the dealership called and told me that my car was there to pick up. Was one of the most exciting days ever. My first time approaching the car was a moment to remember. The body lines were perfect for what I was planning on doing with the car.

*From the First time I drove this immaculate car up until now I wouldn’t have changed my decision one bit about buying it.
So the build starts

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Knowing that I wanted to build something so perfect into the best show car possible to the best of my ability. I knew that I would have to custom build and design everything. Knowing that a lot of cars were planning on going wide body. I wanted to keep it original, with that being said I wanted something that wouldn’t be overly done but just right. With the FRS body lines you have so much style you can work with. But then again, like I said not overly done. Building a perfect Built to park vehicle is not easy. But I knew I was going to make it easy. At least that’s what I had in my head.

From the start of my build to the time I showed the car at Sema was the best accomplishment I have ever had.

Originality is the key when I was building my FRS, I wanted to change everything to make it unique to my liking. Everything from exterior, Interior, Engine/Performance to wheels. So what did I do, I sat back and made a list of everything that I wanted to do to the car. Every upgrade, every custom part and even down to the color of the decals I wanted.

The first steps were easy, it was some cosmetic work and such as installing Seibon carbon fiber parts to the body to make it look more in depth to a show car. Every time I thought about suspension work I was undecided between Static or bags not knowing the bagged lifestyle I wasn’t so sure if that was the right first steps to go. But I took a chance. With my car being a show only vehicle I wanted to have the best fitment that could be possible.

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After the Minimal steps were done I figured it was time to totally redo the interior. This is where JPM Coachworks came into play. With them having such a big representation in the Upholstery field, I figure they were one of the best shops to go with. This had me completely stripping my whole interior and sending it half way across the country. But in the end it was worth it. The custom stitched Sparco Evo lll seats make the whole interior. I couldn’t be any happier with the work.

With the FRS coming from the factory with a 2.0L Boxer FA20 I knew the power would have to change. Nothing could be better than Huy at Inline Racing in Houston Texas building my built to park FRS with a custom turbo kit. Driving this perfect balanced car turboed after N/A is a completely different game. It is so amazing to drive a so light weight car with so much power down the street.

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The last steps of my build couldn’t be any perfect. CVT Designs in Houston Texas couldn’t of made the trunk set up look any better with the beautiful work that they’ve done. Dual tank, dual compressor with custom copper hard line set up couldn’t have been a better choice, it really makes everything flow together.

My car has been majorly updated from start to finish ranging from carbon fiber, custom upholstery, performance and management, wheels, to the smallest little things you couldn’t imagine.

Every little detail matters to every car enthusiast, it doesn’t matter what kind of car it is. It just matters how share the whole scene and culture together. That is how the scene has become the way it has today. The car scene has become a Family and we have to grow together!

Throughout my whole build from start to finish it, from show to show, it really has changed my life. Not only just as a car enthusiast but as a person. Every detail of my car comes from the heart. Because if you didn’t build a car from your heart then it won’t look as perfect as you want it.

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Always try to build your dream as best as you can and you will succeed.

Stuff that makes me stand out from the others, would be. Being respectful to everyone that I meet that is car enthusiast.

The Car

The paint of course. I have done everything to this car. so i am safe to say that this car was built and not bought, I take pride in everything that I have done with the frs. Because it was my own inspiration to keep building.”

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If you don’t already, follow the Stay Minty FR-S on Instagram, like it on Facebook, go to it’s website (yeah, that’s right, it has its own website, just like Oprah).

Better than a Ski Lift – Ryan Tuerck Drifts Up a Ski Mountain in His White Widebody FR-S

ryan-tuerck-drift-frs-burke-mountainSki Lifts are the worst part of skiing. They’re boring (you can only spend so long staring at a trail before you really just want to play on it and it drives you crazy) and high enough up that you get a nice cooling breeze (perfect for those 15 degree days on the mountain). Ryan Tuerck has a great alternative: drifting his sick white FR-S up the mountain to the top, probably beating the ski lift’s time in the process too.

Check out this video of Tuerck solo drifting up Burke Mountain in northern Vermont (it’s so far north I bet they call Canadian bacon “bacon” there) and then going up together with BC racing teammate Pat Goodin with his 2JZ 240SX.

Finally a fun alternative to a ski lift, let’s petition Burke mountain to hire a team of FR-S drifters to take skiers to the top.

Super Street Builds a Stanced Widebody ITB FR-S for the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA

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Super Street built an awesome widebody FR-S for the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA that takes all the ingredients popular in tuning right now – stance, crazy engine customization, widebody (which will never go out of style) and combines them into a delicious gumbo.

Super Street was the only entrant into the Tuner Challenge to keep the FR-S Release Series 1.0 paint scheme intact, GT Channel went with a gorgeous two-tone silver and Speedhunters painted theirs white with retro stripes. In addition to the bright yellow paint, which is actually PPG Speed Yellow, not Kudzu Yellow, the Super Street FR-S has Rocket Bunny fenders (V1 in front and V2 in rear) with the screw pockets shaved for a cleaner look, Aeroflow side skirts, front splitter and fog light delete, Seibon carbon fiber trunk and hood, and Bulletproof Automotive x Crystal Eyes taillights. Wheels are 18×10.25 and 18×12.25 FLOSS EDITION BBS LMs with 275-width front and 295-width rear Nittos.

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The engine has been outfitted with Borla Induction 45mm DCOE individual throttle bodies with 70mm velocity stacks, a fuel rail, 1000cc injectors, and a MOTEC tune. The engine bay has been completely shaved and all accessories hidden, which makes the FA20 boxer look really special.

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The stance comes from KW Clubsport coilovers, an Eibach rear camber kit, Whiteline front & rear sway bars with two point mounts, Whiteline front control arms, and a Whiteline roll center and bump steer kit. The FR-S got a Wilwood 6-piston front and 4-piston rear big brake kit.

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Inside the Super Street FR-S has Recaro CS seats, a Personal steering wheel, a custom stereo with 12” subwoofers, and a 6 point Godspeed roll cage.

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If you’re a male (or a cool female) between the ages of 25 and 35, you may remember Super Street as THE go to drooling magazine for import cars. No matter what cheap Japanese car your parents agreed to buy you when you turned 16, Super Street at some point showed you some kind of awesome lambo-doored monstrosity you could build it into (my 93 corolla was going to have suicide doors, flames with textured paint so they looked wet all the time and a Camry V6, it got none of those things). The magazine of note for pimply faced Jesse from The Fast and The Furious wannabes (be honest, he was the only one you could identify with) knows a little bit about show cars, and it shows.

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Source: Scion

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