NZ Performance Car - - Event Sema -

This year’s Scion Tuner Chal­lenge pit­ted Su­per­Street mag­a­zine, GTChan­nel, and Speed­hunters against each other in a build-off of a brand-new Scion FR-S (Toy­ota 86) each, with Keith Char­vo­nia lead­ing the Speed­hunters build. The mas­sive pop­u­lar­ity of the FR-S in re­cent years has led to an over­abun­dance of Rocket Bunny–fet­tled cars at SEMA, so it was in­ter­est­ing to see what each of the three au­to­mo­tive me­dia com­pa­nies came up with to bring some­thing fresh to the ta­ble. Pos­si­bly what got Speed­Hunters the win was sim­ply hav­ing the most orig­i­nal and well-ex­e­cuted theme, which was a ’70s Toy­ota TRD rac­ing style. There were plenty of hot rod in­flu­ences in there too, with sub­tle and time­less mods such as the shaved door han­dles, the shaved and smoothed en­gine bay with dim­ple die fea­tures, and my per­sonal favourite mod, the OG-stamped bon­net lou­vres. The wide­body kit is a unique one by KM4SH, and the ex­tra width al­lows for some wide, cus­tom-de­signed Ro­ti­form wheels. In the en­gine depart­ment, the Su­per­Street FR-S prob­a­bly looked the best, but Speed­Hunters most likely won on torque and power with its Cos­worth su­per­charged en­gine. Some other in­ter­est­ing as­pects of the build in­cluded the re­moval of the side win­dows, and the ad­di­tion of guard-mounted mir­rors and var­i­ous retro race-car parts, such as the Indy-car fuel filler and air-jack probe at the back.

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