Cartel Customs does the Scion FR-S Speedster

Article by Christian A., on April 16, 2012

Toyota Racing introduced a custom-built Scion FR-S Speedster show vehicle on April 13 in celebration of the 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Joe Iacono of Iacono Design and Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs designed and assembled this car, which could be seen on the site as well as on a limited edition poster to commemorate the race event.

The custom show vehicle, the product of cooperation between Toyota and Scion (its youth brand), is based on the 2013 Scion FR-S, a rear-wheel-drive sports car with superbly balanced performance and handling, gripping style, flexible utility and very good fuel economy. The makers of the FR-S took inspiration from the AE86 generation of the Corolla, known better as the “Hachi-Roku,” which means “8-6” in Japanese.

Its design matches its core goal to achieve “pure balance,” as evidenced by its compact size, flat shape and strategic use of the world’s only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. The car was styled by Cartel Customs to play up Toyota’s rich racing heritage. It has the number 86 on its door panels and rear wing and also gets the Toyota Racing’s distinctive paint scheme.

Its exterior revisions include Cartel Traditional Signature Series Chop Top, modified front fenders and hood, custom-molded rear deck with hand-made sheet metal speed blisters, custom metal fabrication interior and exterior panels, APR Performance Custom 61” carbon fiber wing, and custom formed and cut glass front windshield and side door glass.

Meanwhile, the interior revisions are comprised of custom-shaped metal door panels with carbon fiber insets, carbon rear panel false wall, modified dash center drive gauge cluster and carbon switch panel, and red and white accented seats, dash and center console.

With the AE86 serving as an inspiration, the Scion FR-S was created with the objective of getting that “Pure Balance.” To make this possible, the brand utilized the only flat boxer engine in the world and placed it in a front-engine and rear-wheel drive set-up. In fact, this is what the model stands for. That is, the FR-S means Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport.

This model is indeed what for Scion is a genuine sports car that offers a rear-wheel drive and is thus able to deliver balance handling and performance combined with variable utility, excellent fuel economy, and captivating style. The advantage of the FR-S is that its engine has a flat shape and with the compact size, allows it to be placed in a low position and then mounted mid-ship.

This not only gives it that excellent 53:47 front-to-rear weight ratio but also have a center of gravity that is as low as many exotic supercars in the market. Powering the FR-S is the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that resulted from the collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. This particular cooperation made use of the advanced D-4S injection system from Toyota that makes use of a port injection and direct injection for each of its cylinder.

What happens is that one injects fuel to a port injector placed on top of the intake valves while the other injects fuel directly to the vehicle’s combustion chamber. Subaru’s contribution includes its recently developed engine which has a horizontally-opposed configuration.

While new to the Scion range, the D-4S injection was first seen on the Lexus IS. Toyota has a long history when it comes to motorsports and performance cars and the FR-S is a true descendant.

The Scion FR-S, as mentioned earlier, was inspired by the AE86 of the Corolla, which is also called as Hachi-Roku, the Japanese term for “8-6.” Automobile enthusiast have long been attracted to the AE86 being a front-engine and rear-wheel drive coupe that is not only lightweight but well-balanced.

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