2014 SEMA Preview: Scion FR-S T1 is a head-turning targa top by Cartel Customs

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 30, 2014

Scion announced that at the 2014 SEMA Show it will bring the head-turning targa top FR-S. Built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs, the Scion FR-S T1 comes with a two-tone finish that includes a black targa and a custom Azzuro California Blue.

As you can see, the vehicle arrives with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper, enlarged front and rear fenders, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and central exhaust system as well as a stylish boot lid.

Moreover, the vehicle features a Greedy street turbo kit, KW coil-over suspension and an OEM Audio+ System 400 complemented by a Pioneer AVIC-8000NEC head unit. The design is completed by 19-inch forged wheels, which hides the Wilwood Big Brake Kit with custom nickel-plated finish.

Subaru and Toyota have collaborated and have come up with the new FR-S four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine. What the two companies did was to combine the horizontally opposed engine developed by Subaru with the cutting-edge technology that Toyota used for its D-4S injection system.

Each cylinder of the FR-S engine integrates a direct and port injection. The former injects fuel straight to the combustion chamber while the latter has a port injector that is placed above its intake valves. The D-4S injection was introduced through the Scion family and adopted from the Lexus IS F.

The system is able to use the direct injectors regardless of the speed of the engine. In addition, the direct and port injectors can be used together at particular engine speeds and specific engine loads in order to fully optimize the mid-range torque.

This is the same system that can also help in reducing the emissions of the FR-S. The engine uses a dual variable valve timing that can make the necessary adjustments to the timing of the intake-cam and exhaust-cam. This helps the engine to optimize the torque and power as well as the fuel mileage.

Finally, when the system is coupled with a compression ratio of 12.5:1, it reaches 200 horsepower and maximum torque of 151 pound-feet. Even if the power is only at 100 horsepower per liter, the EPA–estimated ratings remain to be low.

With manual transmission, it is rated at 30 mpg while for automatic transmission, it gets a 34 mpg rating. The flat-four can work with either the six-speed manual or the automatic transmission. The manual transmission allows precise and quick shifts even with a short-throw.

The automatic transmission meanwhile has a more aggressive up shift while the down-shift can be started by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The automatic transmission has the Dynamic Rev Management that can increase the speed of the engine in order to match the engine revs gear ratios while on downshifts.

This also limits the driveline shock and adds a sort of primeval experience when driving. In addition, the automatic transmission has the Sport Mode that can hasten the shift timing and throttle response. When in Sport Mode, the transmission is able to hold the gears at a longer period at higher revolutions before making an upshift.

It also makes it rather easy to exploit the horsepower and torque especially when the rev range goes into the upper values. Whether automatic or manual, the final drive ratio is retained at 4.10:1. In order to bring the design of the rear-wheel-drive to life, the FR-S has a Torsen limited-slip differential giving power to its rear wheels.

Press Release

Head-Turning Targa Top FR-S

High quality craftsmanship and an open-air experience came together in the Scion FR-S T1, built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs. The two-tone combination features a black targa top and custom color – Azzuro California Blue – over a muscular, all-metal wide body and integrated rear spoiler. The vehicle has been lowered and sits on custom 19-inch forged wheels. Other vehicle highlights include:

High-mounted custom center exhaust
GReddy street turbo kit
KW coil-over suspension
Wilwood Big Brake Kit with custom nickel-plated finish
OEM Audio+ System 400 complemented by a Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX head unit

"It's an honor being involved with Scion for the seventh consecutive year bringing design concepts to reality and setting the bar for the SEMA Show," Lookofsky said. "We have won two Mothers® design awards and SEMA fan favorite awards throughout the years, and I'm pretty confident our FR-S will come home on a positive note as well."

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