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Scion FR-S TRD Project Car Review

Jul 31, 2014 - 9:27 AM - by

We drive the FR-S everyone wants Scion to build
by Aaron Gold

Ever since Toyota launched the FR-S in 2013, car fans have been playing a game of “What If.”

What if the FR-S had more power?

What if it had a beefed up suspension?

What if you tried to make it into a full-on racing car?

The Scion FR-S Project Car answers those questions and Scion gave us a chance to drive it.

From the outside, the FR-S Project Car looks a lot like the limited FR-S Release Series 1.0 which it inspired: Same Yuzu-yellow paint and the same (or at least very similar) Toyota Racing Development (TRD) aero body kit and quad-tip exhaust.


But there are big changes underneath and we’ll start with the engine, which has been turbocharged to hell and back using a custom-designed setup from GReddy. Scion says the turbo and the MoTeC engine controller raise the power output north of 400 horsepower, for which the bottom end has been strengthened with JE pistons and Carrillo connecting rods.
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2015 Scion FR-S Review

Jul 29, 2014 - 5:36 PM - by

Is there life after oversteer?
by Aaron Gold

"Tail happy." It is one of the happiest phrases in the auto writer's lexicon and one of the traits we value most in a sports car. "Tail happy" refers to a car biased towards gentle oversteer, in other words it’s a car that will allow the back end of the car to fishtail when taken to its limits of traction.

Being tail happy isn't necessarily a good thing. Take the old air-cooled Porsche 911, which would snap into sudden and severe oversteer if the driver lifted off the gas too suddenly in a turn (lifting shifts weight forward and lightens the rear end). And there were several rear-engine death traps sold in Europe that would spin out if you so much as looked at them the wrong way.

But a car that makes a gentle transition to oversteer, which can be easily corrected with steering and throttle – giving it just enough power to shift some weight onto the rear wheels, but not enough to break them loose – a car like that, friends and neighbors, is an absolute treasure.
Fond Memories of the Past

The Scion FR-S,
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Jul 08, 2014 - 8:16 PM - by

AutoGuide hot-shoe Dave Pratte is headed to Newfoundland, Canada in September, piloting a Scion FR-S with fellow Speed.Academy Editor Peter Tarach during the grueling Targa Newfoundland tarmac rally.

In partnership with Scion Racing, Dave and Peter are rebuilding a hand-me-down FR-S from Scion Canada’s Tuner Challenge program, starting with a complete redo of its roll cage (the car was otherwise stock when they adopted it).

According to Dave, “Competing at Targa Newfoundland has been a long-standing dream of ours, and we’re doubly excited to be taking on this unique motorsports adventure in what we consider one of the top handling sports coupes on the market, the Scion FR-S. We’ve also partnered with some of the best performance parts manufacturers and distributors in the business as we prepare the FR-S for the extreme conditions it’ll face in Newfoundland, including KW Suspension, Rays Engineering, Whiteline, Recaro, Takata, Motovicity, Essex, SPEC, Tomei, Downforce USA, Spyder, and Alpinestars.”

Best of all, Dave and Peter will be installing all of the high-performance goodies themselves and documenting the entire process in a series of stories and
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