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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 2JZengine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.
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.
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.
Toyota might break away from Subaru with the next Scion FR-S, according to chief engineer for the FR-S Tetsuya Tada. Toyota has not made any official statements about whether the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins will remain identical for the next generations of the cars, but in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tada implied that a continued relationship wasn’t set in stone.
At issue is whether Subaru’s main contribution to the FR-S BRZ twins, the 2.0-liter engine, will be used when the cars are redesigned.
“The boxer has benefit for low center of gravity, but (we will develop the) concept for the next generation car first and then we will look at best possible options to fit,” Tada said.
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.