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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Source: Scion Racing
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.
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.
The exterior of the TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S has a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Stance suspension and Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels.
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
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.
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.
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.
Check out 7Tune’s full writeup of the Weld Techniques Factory FR-S along with a ton more pictures.
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the coolest races in the world. An old school Point A to Point B race, drivers start at the bottom of Pike’s Peak and race to the top. Whoever gets there fastest wins. Sounds easy right? Well, up until recently, the entire trip was on dirt roads and even with a fully paved course, the 156 turns over 12.42 miles with only 600 feet of air to cushion your fall if you step off course mean that only the most confident drivers are willing to push their cars to the limit there.
Scion D1 drifter Ken Gushi took on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this year and while the team had some setbacks with the 2013 D1 car they used (nothing serious, just blew the motor on the car and had to overnight the spare, then had oil pressure issues on the spare), they successfully completed the race with a final time of 10 minutes, 30 seconds. That time was good for third place, not a bad showing for a drift driver.
Last year, Scion sent an FR-S, a tC and an xD rally car to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The 2013 Hill Climb was a bit more exciting for the drivers, the race ended in a hail storm at the top of the mountain.
Today you’re going to see something new. A baseball trick shot video using a Scion FR-S. There are a million basketball trick shot videos out there, including the most famous ones starring Michael Jordan and Larry bird. There are golf trick shot videos, beer pong trick shot videos, pool trick shot videos, but you really don’t see many baseball trick shot videos, particularly starring a sports car the the Scion FR-S.
The dudes at Dude Perfect released this video featuring a bunch of baseball trick shots using the Scion FR-S as a tool and a prop. There’s some drifting, some racing, a lot of ridiculous baseball tricks, and Scion Racing driver Ken Gushi even makes an appearance. The biggest star of the video is how psyched these guys are about every trick they pull off, I’m jealous of their trick shot abilities just because of how much they love pulling them off. It makes me want to develop a talent.
If you’re looking for useable street performance on the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, a supercharger kit is probably high on your list. Import Tuner recently got their hands on an Innovate Motorsports supercharger kit for their FR-S and did a full install themselves, complete with a before and after dyno comparison.
The FR-S this Innovate supercharger kit was installed on had an intake and exhaust already installed (as most cars getting forced induction probably will) and laid down 174 wheel horsepower. Factoring in a 20% drivetrain loss, that comes out to about 217 hp at the flywheel, which is a decent gain from a bolt on intake and cat back exhaust.
After the Innovate supercharger was installed, the FR-S made 226 wheel horsepower, 52 more than the naturally aspirated motor for a 30% gain.
2015 brings the biggest changes to the Scion FR-S since the car launched in 2013. In addition to the FR-S Release Series 1.0, which went on sale recently, the 2015 FR-S gets an upgraded suspension. Changes have been made to recalibrate the FR-S’ springs, struts, shocks and bushings for a more tight feel.
Automobile Mag took the 2015 FR-S to a track to see how these suspension tweaks affected the sports car’s handling at the limits. The FR-S’ tendency to get sideways has been dialed back, and it seems as though Scion has split the difference between the original FR-S’ tail-happy suspension and the Subaru BRZ’s more conservative understeering setup. The end result seems to be the fastest option of the three, and as a bonus, it rides even better than the alternatives.