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.