Thursday night was Scion’s Pre-SEMA release party at the SmogShoppe. I’ve never been to the SmogShoppe or know anything about it but leave it to Scion for always picking quirky but interesting places. The setting was dark and I came totally unprepared assuming there would be ample lighting. I’m armed with a camera with no flash or tripod, you can feel my pain – but i muscle through it.
Displayed was the three FR-S’ that are competing in Scion’s yearly Tuner Challenge. Daniel Song of So. Cal., Chris Basselgia of Pennsylvania, and John Toca of Chicago in that particular order as you enter the venue. Three completely different styles and all executed to perfection.
Daniel’s carbon wrapped FR-S was rendered by extraordinaire artist Jon Sibal. It features a Vortech Supercharger, Air Runner suspension, MV Designz lip kit, SSR Professor Wheels with Toyo Tires, Brembo Brakes, and Sparco safety equipment. TUNER CHALLENGE FR-S _ SONG _ specs
Next to Daniel’s FR-S GT was Chris’ FR-S. The Minty FReSh has a molded kit amongst other molded body mods, Rotiform SNA wheels, AirLift suspension, BASF paint, custom interior, JL Audio electronics, and NEO Sport big brake kit is a short list of the mods. TUNER CHALLENGE FR-S _ BASSELGIA _ specs
John Toca’s FS-S seem to be the most tame of the 3 but equally impressive. John’s FR-S features a Vortech Supercharger, Five: AD Aero package, carbon fiber diffuser and hood, AirRex air suspension, CUSCO bracing, Cor Cipher Max Concave 3-pieces wheels, Soundstream electronics and K-Sport brake kit. TUNER CHALLENGE FR-S _ JOHN TOCA _ Specs
Equally impressive were the other four display cars that were 80 ft away, Evasive Motorsports, Cartel, Meguiars, and Fatlace round out the party.
Evasive Motorsports: Project Mu, Tint Factory, Cusco, Motul Sparco, Rays, HKS, Maxxis, KW Suspension. PROJECT FR-S _ EVASIVE _ specs
Fatlace: Vortech Superchargers, GReddy, Brembo, Rocket Bunny, Bride, Rays, Takata PROJECT FR-S _ FATLACE _ specs
Meguiars: Vortech Superchargers, Motiv Concepts, Brembo, Pirelli, Forgeline, ChargeSpeed, Five:AD, Daley Visuals, KW Suspension, and Shoreline. Project FR-S _ MEGUIARS _ specs
Cartel / MV Designz: Wilwood, AccuAir, Toyo Tires, House of Color, GReddy, Modulare. PROJECT FR-S _ CARTEL+MV _ specs
All the builds are examples of careful planning and thought out execution. You can see all these Scion’s up close at the Scion SEMA booth.