Ski 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.
The Tokyo Auto Salon is one of the largest car shows for Japanese brands. Both aftermarket and OEM suppliers go all out for the Salon every year, and Subaru is no exception. This year, Subaru unveiled the 2015 Subaru BRZ GT300 race car, which will compete in Japan’s Super GT series.
The BRZ GT300 race car is barely recognizable as a BRZ. It’s wide (it makes the Rocket Bunny kit look like a Tango), it’s low and it has a massive spoiler on the back. Still, it’s a lot better than the NASCAR bodies that are essentially all the same with different headlights and grills painted on. At least the BRZ GT300 looks like it started out life as a BRZ.
Subaru also debuted their WRX STI based race car that will be competing in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race with grill mounted lights that make the front of the car look like a Mustang (head over to Autoblog to see the monstrosity and then try to tell me you don’t see the stang in it).
Subaru will use the same Dunlop tires on the BRZ GT300 and the Nurburgring 24 Hours STI.
Speedhunters has teamed up with Kei Miura, the designer of the Rocket Bunny widebody kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, to create a new widebody kit for hachiroku owners. The KM4SH (Kei Miura for Speed Hunters) kit is much less extreme looking than the Rocket Bunny, and the subtlety works for the FR-S.
If you’re looking to go wide without going wild, the KM4SH kit, which was on the Speedhunters 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge car, is a great looking choice.
So now there’s the Rocket Bunny, Rocket Bunny V2, ML24 widebody kit, and the KM4SH kit, or if you can’t afford any of them, the Rocket Bunny FR-S scale model.
FR-S and BRZ owners have some options for their widebody builds now, which means they have some tough decisions to make. Which kit do you think looks best?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Warning: watching these videos of an LS1 FR-S with velocity stacks running may be not work safe: nobody in the office will get any work done for the rest of the day because you’ll have them on loop.
We’ve seen Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ engine swaps before, and V8 swaps, and even a Chevy LS2 powered BRZ, but this is the first video of a V8 FR-S to surface.
The Scion FR-S LS1 engine swap resides in Japan, but the motor was sourced from a C5 Corvette, according to Midnight Roulette. With individual throttle bodies, the engine should be much more powerful than the 350-hp the LS1 had in the stock Corvette. Individual throttle bodies, or velocity stacks, are the ultimate air intake upgrade and increase throttle response as well as horsepower, so when the throttle is cracked on this V8 FR-S, it cracks like a whip.
The Chevy V8 FR-S also has a custom widebody kit that was developed with TRA-Kyoto, the company that builds the Rocket Bunny widebody kits for the FR-S and BRZ. This widebody kit has a much more clean look than the racecar-style Rocket Bunny kit. Brand new Work Emotion D9R wheels finish the car’s gorgeous body.
Images via Midnight Roulette.
One name has become synonymous with widebody kits for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ: Rocket Bunny. While the Rocket Bunny V1 widebody kit is commonplace on at car shows and on great stanced show car tribute videos, a Rocket Bunny V2 kit has just been released. The Rocket Bunny V2 widebody kit is even on Scion’s 2JZ Formula D car.
Now there’s a new BRZ and FR-S widebody kit trying to make a name for itself. The ML24 widebody kit is available as a full eight piece widebody kit, as just a lip kit, or with just the wider fender flares. The ML24 fender flares are a more traditional widebody look than the Rocket Bunny kit. With visible rivets that follow the arch of the fender, the ML24 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ widebody kit immediately brings to mind the fender flares you’re use to seeing on old Porsche or Datsun race cars.
Images via ML24.
The StanceNation G Edition car show in Japan features some crazy custom cars. in between the high end VIP cars, custom classics and even some stanced Kei cars there were a few awesome Scion FR-S, Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ customs.
This FT-86 has the Rocket Bunny V1 widebody kit, Work VS wheels that haven’t been released to the public yet, and either a turbo kit or a supercharger being fed by that huge front mount intercooler.
Everyone’s favorite is a V8 swapped FR-S, this one doesn’t have an Chevy LS V8 swap, but it does have individual throttle bodies, which makes it even cooler. The V8 FR-S also has a Todokori front bumper, STI brakes, and Work Emotion D9R wheels.
This white FR-S is the personal car of Keisuke Morita from HKS Japan and has an HKS supercharger kit, APR exterior parts and CCW wheels.
Air bags, a custom widebody kit, and awesome looking VIP Modular wheels make the Crystal Eye FT-86 one of the best looking show cars in any country.
This baby blue FR-S has the new Rocket Bunny V2 kit, with the sick front splitter and duck tail spoiler along with some Work Meister M1R wheels.
All pictures are from StickyDilJoe’s coverage of the StanceNation G Edition car show. Check out their coverage of the show for a ton of Japanese custom cars .