2012 Detroit Auto Show: Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S race car makes its debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 9, 2012

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.

To fill in the gap of a genuine sports car with rear-wheel drive, the Scion has the FR-S. The letters stand for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, and Sport. However the FR-S is more than that as it also delivers excellent handling and performance and offers both flexible utility and a captivating style while having exceptional fuel efficiency. The design of the FR-S was based mainly on the AE86 Toyota Corolla and was made with the main objective of getting Pure Balance.

Under this principle, everything starts with the flat boxer engine which is then placed in a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive set-up. The engine can be mounted lower and mid-ship due to the flat shape and its compact size. Compared to some of the exotic supercars, this gives the FR-S a center of gravity that is lower and an exceptional front-to-rear weight ratio at 53:47. T

The engine in particular is a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter naturally aspirated unit and was the result of a partnership between Subaru and Toyota. Under this collaboration, the horizontally opposed engine from Subaru is fitted with the advanced D-4S injection system from Toyota.

Since this injection system makes use of port injection and direct injection; when paired with a compression ratio of 12.5:1, it delivers output of 200 horsepower and torque measured at 151 lb.-ft. The engine is paired with the manual 6-speed transmission which allows for precise and quick shifts.

It can also be matched to an automatic 6-speed version which offers aggressive upshifts with athletically rev-matched down shifts. These are controlled through paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Power from the engine is channeled to the road through the limited-slip differential.

According to Hollis, Scion has always functioned as Toyota’s laboratory and that is why it is always trying out new things. Hollis added the FR-S is as trailblazing as the iQ, comes with the same adrenaline as that of the tC, and is just as iconic as the xB.

With the FR-S slated to become the leading model, it is expected that Scion will exceed any of its previous achievements when it comes to driving performance, Hollis continued.

Press Release

Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S

Scion today unveiled its Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S race car during a press conference at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The FR-S will be competing 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, a performance-products company that has been involved with Toyota and racing for over twenty years.

The race car is inspired by the 2013 Scion FR-S, a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will go on sale in the spring of 2012. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family.

"First 86" Program
In response to a large volume of FR-S hand-raisers, Scion also announced that it will launch a special program called "First 86." The program will give 86 lucky people the opportunity to be among the first to own the Scion FR-S. The selected 86 owners will take delivery of their car before it goes on-sale to the general public. Starting Jan. 12 at Noon EST, FR-S enthusiasts will have 8 hours and 6 minutes to submit their request at www.ScionFirst86.com.

BeSpoke Infotainment Audio System
Scion also announced that its 2013 FR-S will be the first car to offer a connected infotainment audio system called BeSpoke, powered by Pioneer's Zypr™. Scion's BeSpoke aims to offer a higher level of connectivity with features that drivers have been asking for such as access to a wide variety of personalized content and services.

"Beginning last year, all Scion models come standard with Bluetooth® Hands-Free and HD Radio™ Technology," said Jack Hollis, Vice President Scion. "Scion's new BeSpoke system will take in-car technology to the next level, offering owners the ability to be more connected."

2013 Scion FR-S
The FR-S – which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport – is Scion's definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising MPG.

"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."

Inspired by the AE86 Toyota Corolla, the FR-S is designed around the core goal of achieving "Pure Balance," which begins with the strategic use of the world's only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine's compact size and flat shape allow it to be mounted mid-ship and extremely low, giving the car a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47, and a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars.

The FR-S's 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru. The partnership begins by combining Subaru's newly developed horizontally opposed engine and Toyota's cutting-edge D-4S injection system, which incorporates both direct and port injection. The D-4S system, partnered with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, results in an impressive 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

The flat-four mates with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts with a short-throw; while the automatic transmission features aggressive up shifts and sporty rev-matched down shifts that are initiated by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is transferred to the pavement via a limited-slip differential.

The idea of "Pure Balance" is further realized by the FR-S's lightweight design and compact size. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of corners, with dynamic maneuverability and confident handling. The coupe's weight is kept to a minimum by utilizing an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and by featuring a trunk design instead of a hatchback.

The FR-S's interior features a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind. The front seats are mounted extremely low and are comfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. The large center-mounted tachometer is the focus of the three-gauge cluster, keeping the driver informed of the engine's vitals. Speed is monitored by both digital and analog gauges.

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