Although previous reports said that the spied vehicle was the FR-S Turbo, it appears that that was a mistake as the vehicle the engineers were testing was this: the Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S race car. Set to compete in the 2012 Formula DRIFT series with veteran driver Ken Gushi behind the wheel, the 600-horsepower FR-S race car is the result of a collaboration between Scion Racing and GReddy. For those who don’t know, the standard version of the Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine delivering 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm.
The engine is mated as standard to a 6-speed manual transmission while a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is available as an option. The new engine was developed in partnership with Subaru and features Toyota’s cutting-edge D-4S injection system, which incorporates both direct and port injection. In the standard version, the Scion FR-S features a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind.
According to the manufacturer, the front seats are mounted extremely low but are omfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. “Serving as a laboratory for Toyota, Scion is always experimenting with new things,” Hollis said. “The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will no doubt serve as the halo car, expanding Scion into a new dimension of driving performance.”