Tony Angelo US Air Force Scion FR-S Hoonigan

The Rest of the Story: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S Feature

By Justin Banner

Finally, after several months of hard work, building, testing, and rebuilding Tony Angelo and his team have finished their US Air Force Scion FR-S that they will campaign in the 2013 Formula Drift Season. At the first round Tony and his team didn't really get a chance to compete. However, there was a lot learned from Long Beach that Tony took to Round 2 at Road Atlanta. Before the TAngelo Racing team continue on the Road to the Championship, let us take a journey into the Air Force FR-S of which Tony will be the pilot. Yes, the pun was on purpose. Okay, it wasn't good but stay with me here.

Considering that this FR-S was built in just a few months and Tony was able to make it to qualifying in Long Beach is actually a grand feat in itself. There were many cars that didn't make it to the event that were started months in advance before Tony even received his car. Even more FD cars didn't qualify because their cars didn't run. More seat time in the car will help Tony and his team get the car more situated. This allowed them to be better prepared for Road Atlanta. Enough said about the TAngelo team, let's get down to business and see what they have to work with.

Tony Angelo FR-S
The first thing that hits you is the bright red nose and the paint scheme of the US Air Force FR-S. "With the Air Force sponsorship, we looked to some old warplanes for inspiration and some of our favorite P-51 schemes used that red nose," Tony explained, "and we just thought it was super rad to tie that bright red into the gray."
US Air Force FR-S
Continuing with the exterior, you start to realize that this FR-S uses the infamous "Rocket Bunny" kit found on many FR-S builds that you may have seen running around. Tony's FR-S doesn't use the wing that the kit comes with though, and with the paint scheme the way it is, you almost don't notice it until you look at the camo fender flares. The Rocket Bunny kit is imported by Greddy USA and is designed by Kei Miura of TRA Kyoto. Some of you readers may not be familiar with TRA Kyoto or Kei Miura outside of the FR-S world. He's actually more well known for the "NASCAR inspired" Nissan S13 Silvia kit and is the same guy behind the design of the "Ben Sopra" R35 GT-R kit.
Tony Angelo FR-S US Air Force
With so many people running the Rocket Bunny FR-S kit, why run it? "Because it's sweet as hell!" Tony exclaimed, "I knew there would be a few teams running the Rocket Bunny kit, but it's just the sweetest kit out there and we wanted to make sure the car looked awesome." Well, if there is one thing you must know about Tony, he's into anything that makes a car stand out. From his 787B-themed RX-8, the tC from last year, and now the US Air Force FR-S one thing his cars aren't is boring. "Also we got hooked up by the guys at Greddy USA who are the exclusive Rocket Bunny USA distributors." That always helps too.
Tony Angelo FR-S US Air Force
I have to say, despite everyone using it, the kit isn't bad looking. I Just wish everyone and their cousin would stop rocking the Rocket Bunny. However, I do understand that the market hasn't caught up with the FR-S and BRZ so aero options are limited at the moment. Well, unless you want to use the crazy and functional kit from Evasive Motorsports.


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Monday, May 13, 2013 10:06 PM
"It's "throttle by wire" and actually allows Tony to...not use a blow-off valve"

Forgive my ignorance, but why does an electronic throttle body make a BOV unnecessary? When the driver gets off the throttle and the TB snaps shut, isn't trapped boost still going to want to "back up" and go through the compressor the wrong way? What sort of electronic witchcraft keeps that from happening?

Justin Banner
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Monday, May 13, 2013 10:08 PM
Normally, yes. However, the Throttle by Wire allows for the throttle plate to stay open just enough to allow boost to stay built up and not cause compressor surge like you are describing.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:49 AM
Wouldn't that dull the throttle response a bit? I would assume that being a turbo engine, you will not cut-off injection, hence you will still produce torque, and the engine will not reduce torque when you let off the throttle. That's not really a good thing in a drift car is it?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:48 AM
@Sami Shah, you WOULD cut off injection. Just because the throttle plate is open doesn't mean you need to spray fuel or have spark. When the F1 cars were running blown diffusers, the throttle plate was never less than 90% open. They controlled torque through fuel and spark.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:35 AM
am I completely color blind or is that nose orange? or is the color so off in the pics that red comes out looking orange?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:06 PM
Figured it must be something like that. Have the ECU cut fuel/spark but leave the throttle plate open long enough for the engine to ingest the excess boost. Calibration is so crazy.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:23 PM
@warmmilk: I felt it was orange too but if Tony says it's Red... then I guess it's an orangey red :D
Monday, May 20, 2013 3:44 AM
@spdracerut, it was my understanding that you avoid cutting fuel to a turbocharged engine at high boost conditions because you will get a momentary lean combustion and knock.
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