If you’re unaware, FL2K14 is one of the major street racing (and legal drag racing) events of the year. Following the popularity of TX2K, it was decided that the world needs more than one massive congregation of insanely fast cars each year. So a whole bunch of super fast cars meet at Bradenton Motorsports park in October for full days of race events including a 60-130 roll racing event, 1/4 mile racing, burnout contests and more followed (allegedly) by more fun after dark on the highways. Four digit horsepower isn’t even special at the 2K events. So it seems like a place that the lowly Scion FR-S, with 200-hp and a focus on fun over brute strength, might not fit in too well. That is unless of course someone had a completely built turbo FR-S that put out about 700-horsepower.
The official FL2K14 Facebook page shared this picture and caption:
Justin is bringing is built and sleeved Scion FRS, running a Precision 6466 controlled by a MoTeC Engine management system is good for around 700hp and he is planning on racing anybody. (hashtags removed because they’re annoying)
With 700-hp and 2,700 lbs, he shouldn’t have much trouble running with the 2JZ cars. We’ll all be looking forward to videos of what the little 2.0 liter FR-S can do.
The owner offered a bit more information about the car and its tuning situation:
I was at TX2k14. I was on EcuTek and the car was turned down due to fuel issues. The software didn’t want to read pass 22psi and kept leaning out. That was the main reason I had to opt out of the roll racing. We turned it down so that I can enjoy the car. But this car will be there in October.
It seem like Scion has been planning a faster more powerful FR-S since before the sports car was first released. From the very first time the FR-S’ and BRZ’s horsepower numbers were revealed and the company saw the reaction that garnered, Scion has been looking for ways to buff it up.
A Hybrid FR-S was discussed, turbochargers were dismissed, and a bigger 2.5-liter FR-S seemed immanent, but no high power FR-S has materialized. Now it seems like instead of picking a power adder, Scion is just going to do everything. Motor Trend claims that a source inside Toyota Japan confirmed earlier reports that a 2.5-liter turbocharged hybrid FR-S Sedan with all-wheel drive that will cost around $50,000. The FR-S sedan will join the lineup in 2015, after the FR-S Convertible.
More exciting than a Hyundai Genesis competitor, though, is the news that a turbo FR-S coupe is on the way. A turbocharged engine, either the 2.5-liter turbo from the U.S. Sedan or the 2.0 turbo that will be used in the Japanese FR-S sedan, will be available in the FR-S coupe in 2016. Pricing for the FR-S turbo should start just over $30,000.
No word yet on power output from the FR-S 2.5-liter turbo hybrid or the FR-S 2.5-liter turbo non-hybrid. FR-S turbo kits are easily pushing over 300-horsepower, which would match the FR-S turbo well against the Nissan 370z.
The Scion FR-S is a fun, beautiful, well balanced sports car, but if there’s one legitimate complaint about the FR-S and it’s twin the Subaru BRZ, it’s that they car isn’t powerful enough. To remedy that one shortcoming, you could wait until 2015 for the 255-hp 2.5-liter FR-S, or you could work with some of the many Scion FR-S performance upgrades available now.
That’s what Youtuber Mack4477 did with his FR-S, outfitting it with a Scion FR-S turbo kit. This FR-S has a Full Blown Motorsports Stage 1 kit with a GTX upgrade running 16 psi on E85 and a claimed 400 wheel horsepower. That’s more than double the FR-S’ stock 200 horsepower at the engine.
Here’s the turbo FR-S racing a naturally aspirated Pontiac Firehawk with 525 wheel horsepower, the FR-S surprisingly wins, but in the comments Mack4477 says the Firehawk missed third gear.
The 400 whp turbo FR-S raced a 650 whp Mitsubishi Evo from a 30-mph roll
Both of those races were against much more powerful cars, so it’s not surprising for the FR-S to lose (or win with an asterisk). Here’s the turbo FR-S racing a stock Mitsubishi 300GT from a dig in what is a much more fair race (the Mitsubishi is down a lot of horsepower, but the all-wheel drive system helps it launch harder.
The 3000GT does get a better launch, but then the lighter and more powerful turbo FR-S pulls away easily.
We’ll be watching Mack4477’s Youtube channel in the future to see more of his car’s adventures. We’d love to see it go up against a new Mustang or Camaro to see a good comparison how quick the turbo FR-S is vs it’s modern competition.