MAXIMUM ATTACK SCION TUNER CHALLENGE FR-S, BY SPEEDHUNTERS
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.