2014 Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA Show

Posted by: Kenny Chan onNovember 4th, 2014


Each year at the SEMA Show, Scion chooses three competitors to showcase their tuning skills as part of the Scion Tuner Challenge. For 2014, rather than individual competitors Scion selected Super Street, Speed Hunters and GT Channel. Each tuner was given a brand new FR-S and $15,000 and were given 90 days to complete their build.

Super Street teams up with LTMW, Gearheinz, MoTeC, Rywire, Borla, KW, SPEC & GReddy to build a FR-S RS1 variation for race, street and show. The Rocket Bunny kit (shocking!) will be installed while maintaining the TRD kit. If you want to describe Super Street’s build in one word, it would definitely be best summed up with: Wide. Under the hood is a 2.0L FA20 equipped with 45mm DCOE ITBs and 70mm velocity stacks. The Super Street FR-S rides on a set of custom 18×10.25″ and 18×12.25″ FLOSS EDITION BBS LM wheels wrapped in NITTO NT05 tires. I’m guessing the 18×12.5″ wheels rubbed? Underneath the custom BBS wheels are a set of Wilwood 6-piston front big brake kit and 4-piston rear big brake kit with street pads.

Speed Hunters also went wide with their IMSA themed build. Under the hood Speed Hunters strapped on a Cosworth stage 2.0 supercharger kit. With the extra power, Speed Hunters upgraded the brakes with a Wilwood forged Narrow Superlite big brake kit (6 piston front/4 piston rear with 12.88” rotors). Sticking with the racing theme, Speed Hunters went with a set of smaller custom 17×9 and 17×11 Rotiform BLQ wheels with brushed step lip and matte gold centers also wrappe in Nitto rubber (NT01 instead of NT05).

GT Channel took the age old advice of KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Rather than building a track warrior they focused on a daily driveable build for the Scion Tuner Challenge. They took the Mine’s tuning philosophy of “simple and sophisticated but fast as hell”. The only one out of the three that didn’t go with a wide body kit, instead opting to maintain the factory lines, the GT Channel FR-S has a timeless design that caters to most car enthusiasts.

There are a ton of photos of each of the entries after the break so go check it out.

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