After having been previewed at the Los Angeles’ Arts District, the modified versions of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and Scion iA sedan were presented at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.
The show runs from Nov. 3 to 6. A new interpretation of the all-new sporty 2016 iM 5-door hatchback was created by illest and Crooks & Castles (two popular streetwear brands) for the 11th Annual Scion Tuner Challenge.
Each got a Scion iM and $15,000 budget to update the car and make it stand out.
The creative director of illest, Mark Arcenal, developed his iM concept based on the automotive needs of VIPs in Japan.
This time, he intentionally made it very different from the tC he made at the 2008 Scion Tuner Challenge which had a racing theme. According to Arcenal, with his motorsports background and prior Scion Tuner Challenge experience, he wanted to do something totally different.
And by combining the iM's sporty look with the VIP style, he thought that he’d have a fighting chance to win the trophy.
Rob Panlilio, who co-founded Crooks & Castles, stayed true to his expertise on Japanese cars and made use of a wide body kit and AccuAir suspension.
Together with his team, Panlilio came up with a black and white scheme and covered the rollcage with all-white leather and for the car's interior, the race seats were rewrapped in black. Finished with custom white mesh wheels (Panlilio's signature trademark), the car is quite similar to several customized cars he created.
On the other hand, Eddie Huang and Skybound, Scion's lifestyle partners, captured the attention of their fans when they revealed two 2016 iA project cars. Famous for his book and TV adaptation “Fresh Off The Boat,” Eddie Huang equipped the Scion iA with a chain-link steering wheel and a set of custom swivel front seats.
Fitted with a dual-stage air bag system with independent wheel control, the car is able to perform 3-wheel motion as well as side to side and front to back. Painted in metallic yellow with root beer accents and a mural of a “human panda” on the hood, the car definitely caught the attention the public.
Wire wheels dipped in gold and a unique gold-plated front grille were also added -- a clear adaptation of the era but with a contemporary twist.
With the growing popularity and expanding fan base of the TV series "The Walking Dead", Skybound Entertainment, in collaboration with Scion, created a car based on Robert Kirkman’s latest comic book, Outcast.
In line with the demonic possession theme, the car can move and function independently through pneumatic movements of numerous components and automated sequence of effects, both light and audio. Painted in orange, black and green with a demonic spirit graphic on the roof, the car will smoke, gyrate, switch colors, and make creepy sounds.
According to Kirkman, Skybound marked its fifth anniversary this year and it has released the first feature film, AIR, produced in collaboration with Scion at the San Diego Comic Con. An agreement was made to continue their partnership with Scion to build the Outcast car.
These four customized vehicles are presented at the SEMA Show, in cooperation with Toyo Tires. A panel composed of last year’s contestants and representatives from Super Street magazine, Speedhunters, and GT Channel will judge both Scion Tuner Challenge vehicle entries.
The grand winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000. The announcement will be made on November 28 at the L.A. Auto Show, which will be hosted by Eddie Huang. For the latest blog entries, photos and videos, please visit www.ScionRacing.com, or tune in to Scion Racing Twitter and Instagram for more updates on the builds using the hashtags #ScionTunerChallenge and #Scion.