July 6, 2013
Scion FR-S, Rebuilt By Superstorm Sandy
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In the aftermath of horrendous Superstorm Sandy, a Scion FR-S was salvaged from the devastation and rebuilt by Lucas Oil for the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge. TAngelo Racing updated the Scion to compete in the Formula Drift series.
For the Pirelli World Challenge the Scion FR-S 2-liter engine was equipped with a TRD supercharger producing 325 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The engine is hooked to a six-speed manual transmission, though Lucas Oil has not released the statistics, a mid-4-second 0-60 is the estimated time with this engine-tranny combination.
A set of 18-inch Rays TE37 SL Black Edition wheels were mounted with Pirelli P-Zero 275/45R18 tires. A TRD braking system from Cusco/Vertex was added for stopping power. The Lucas Oil prepared Scion will be driven by Robert Stout who is a previous champion.
For the drifting competitions, the car was completely disassembled and outfitted with all new high performance parts. Beginning with the engine, a Toyota Corolla 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE was inserted under the hood and a racing tuned Garrett turbocharger was installed. The original engine produces 158 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque and the boxer version has 200 hp 151 lb-ft of torque. But with the addition of the turbo, and fine-tuning from TAngelo, the engine now pushes an impressive 750 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque.
The original 6-speed transmission was replaced with a G-Force GSR, and with the extra hp this Scion FR-S sprints down the track with a three second 0-60 and a ten second quarter mile.
The exterior got an upgrade as well. It was outfitted with a GReddy X Rocket Bunny body kit and a set of Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels mounted with Hankook RS-3 tires. For stopping, the brakes used were Wilwood performance and for handling a Stance suspension was installed.
The 2013 drift racing season will feature driver Tony Angelo behind the wheel.
The original FR-S is the American version of the Toyota GT-86 and uses the 2.0-liter boxer engine. It comes standard with the 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed automatic. Original performance is 0-60 in 6.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 140 mph.
To look at a Scion, you wouldn’t think it would be considered a racing vehicle. But with the appropriate performance parts and the right engineers involved, any vehicle can be modified into a racing machine.
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