Scion FR-S heads up to Pirelli World Challenge series in 2013

Article by Christian A., on October 16, 2012

The Scion FR-S will go up against the other members of the GTS class such as the V8-powered Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros at the Pirelli World Challenge series in 2013. Robert Stout will be driving the Scion FR-S. During the 2010 season, Stout experienced a lot of success in racing a Scion tC.

In the 2010 campaign in Pirelli World Challenge, Stout earned the Drivers’ Championship, Rookie of the Year, and Sunoco Hard Charger Awards in the Touring Car class. In 12 starts and one pole, he earned five wins, nine podium finishes, and 11 top-five results.

In that season, Scion got its first-ever Touring Car Manufacturers’ Championship. Scion, together with long-time KSR partner, Lucas Oil, will be supporting the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge GTS campaign.

Stout said that he has been working on this for the last seven years and that being chosen by Scion is a “very special honor.” He said that the car “fits like a glove” and that the car is the hottest model released in years.

He said that like his team, Scion is composed of grass roots people. He said that he was pleased that he has the support from Scion and TRD, together with Lucas Oil, to compete with the best factory teams in the industry. He said that joining the group is one of the highlights of his career.

In designing the Scion FR-S, the inspiration was based mainly on the AE86. The main objective was to attain what is known as "Pure Balance." It starts with utilizing what is possibly the sole flat boxer engine in the world. It’s then placed in a rear-wheel drive and front-engine set-up. Because of how compact the size of the engine is plus the flat shape, it made it possible to mount the engine rather low and mid-ship.

As a result, the Scion FR-S has an excellent 53:47 front-to-rear weight ratio. The resulting center of gravity is low and comparable to some of the exotic vehicles on the market. This is why for the brand the Scion FR-S is a genuine rear-wheel drive sports car. After all, it stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport. It is able to deliver superior handling and balanced performance combined with utility that is truly flexible.

Fuel efficiency is exceptional and the style is ultimately compelling. Enthusiasts know that the Scion is an authentic “scion.” After all it comes from Toyota’s long history of motorsports and performance cars.

As mentioned early, the inspiration for the Scion FR-S was the Corolla’s AE86, decided on during planning and actual development. For many fans, this is dubbed as the Hachi-Roku, which is Japanese for “8-6.” Being a rear-wheel drive and front-engined coupe, the AE86 was both lightweight and showed excellent balance. No wonder it was the best choice for many driving fans.

Powering this latest offering is the four-cylinder naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine which was a product of the collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. For Subaru, it was responsible for developing the new horizontally-opposed engine. For Toyota, it was the advanced D-4S injection system, taken from the Lexus IS F. What this system does is make use of port injection and direction for each of the cylinder. One injects fuel straight to the combustion chamber with the other being a port injector positioned on top of the intake valves.

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