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Scion FR-S Pirelli World Challenge Race Car Debuts at the 2012 SEMA Show
by Frank A. Filipponio | Nov 08, 2012


Unquestionably, the Scion FR-S (and to a lesser extent the Subaru BRZ version) was the hottest car this year at SEMA. Tuner versions were in at least half of the displays it seemed, and StopTech was on several of them. But one StopTech-supported FR-S really stood out. On Halloween, Scion held a press conference along with Ken Stout Racing (KSR) and the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) people to unveil a sinister looking fully race-prepped World Challenge FR-S that will be running in the GTS class next season.

This particular FR-S is no mere tuner car, although it did start life as an off-the-shelf 200-hp street version of this lightweight sports car. It was purchased at a dealership in Indiana in August, then driven to North Carolina where it was completely torn down and rebuilt as a dedicated race car. A full roll cage, a five-point safety harness, an OMP flat-bottom steering wheel and a Racetech racing seat were fitted. A Vertex carbon-fiber splitter, APR carbon-fiber wing and Rays 18-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero racing slicks are the most obvious external changes. Behind the racy wheels is a TRD brake system using TRD four-piston calipers clamping 14-inch two-piece rotors. The suspension is a fully adjustable JRX system with Eibach springs and custom Vertex upper and lower control arms and sway bars.

For those of you wondering how a 200-hp boxer four is going to keep up with the 300-400 hp of the competition, it’s simple - The stock FA20 boxer four-cylinder engine gets a boost from a TRD supercharger. The KSR FR-S also uses a C&R radiator and JE forged pistons, and breathes through a TRD intake, a Vertex custom exhaust, and Coast Fabrication mufflers. No power specs were given, but a Scion representative stated the obvious when he noted that the FR-S race car "isn’t underpowered."

The FR-S looks great in its World Challenge livery, especially with the #86 on its flanks. It’s a nice homage to its forefather, the Corolla AE86 from the ’80s.

The World Challenge Scion FR-S will be piloted by Robert Stout next year. Stout previously campaigned a World Challenge Scion tC in 2010 when he took home the Drivers’ Championship, Rookie of the Year, and Sunoco Hard Charger Awards in the Touring Car class. He had a total of five wins, nine podium finishes, and 11 top-five results in 12 starts and one pole. That season also gave Scion its first-ever Touring Car Manufacturers’ Championship.

“This is a great day for sure,” said Robert Stout. “This is what we have been working for over the past seven years. To get picked up by Scion is a very special honor. You can do everything right, put your time in, pay your dues, build relationships, win races and still never get an opportunity like this. It fits like a glove. The car is young and trendy not to mention the hottest release in years for the automotive industry. I fit right into their customer line - Scion is grass roots people and so is our team. There are only three of us, but now we have the needed support from Scion and TRD along with our good friends at Lucas Oil to go up against some of the best factory teams in the business. To be mentioned as part of the outstanding group of factory Scion drivers and join that unique fraternity is definitely one of my career highlights. We love the Pirelli World Challenge format, venues and the crowds they draw, we have a lot of friends there and I can’t wait to get the season started!”


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