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Daily Driven, HKS Supercharged Scion FR-S Autocross and Track Car

by Frank Ewald

 

Simon Chan's Scion FR-S attracts attention. Just sitting in a parking lot or driving by on the street, you will take a second look. We certainly did - and then contacted Simon and asked if he was interested in doing an article for MotoIQ. He was and so a meeting was set up at River's Edge Road Course, part of Mission Raceway Park in Mission, B.C. where he would be participating in a track day. A nice balancing point from the Autocross event that first brought this FR-S to our attention. The weather was initially overcast with some light rain on the way to the track, however, by early afternoon the sun was drying off the track and, by mid-afternoon, was out in full force. This was certainly a more balanced day than the early spring autocross event which blew us away with snow in the first few hours before the sun also came out to stay.

 

Our introduction to Simon and his FR-S happened during a mini-snow storm that occurred during VCMC's Autocross warm-up. There was nothing held back while this red beast was navigating the course. It looked great and sounded awesome - we had to find out more about it!

When first spotted in the paddock while waiting for the early April VCMC Autocross Warm-Up to begin, first thoughts were that this was a show car with body cladding yet probably little or no substance. Those thoughts proved to be inaccurate and they were quickly erased as the car was thrown around the snowy autocross course with skill and obvious passion. This FR-S is a work horse that is quite at home on a track. Period. It is not a show car - although it certainly plays the part - but it is a daily driver that sees the perils of winter driving (snow, sleet, sand, and salt) and has made multiple trips through the Rocky Mountains for work, school, and simply life. Beyond being a daily driver, this car regularly sees track time, some autocross, and the setup reflects that. The result, a car that is incredibly well-balanced and well rounded. Simply put, this Scion FR-S is a lot of fun, and Simon utilizes it to the limits of its potential.

 

Our second opportunity to see the car took place at River's Edge - a 2.25 kilometre long road course that is part of the Mission Raceway Park complex. Located on the banks of the Fraser River with what looks like old growth forest right up to the edge of the track in places, it was a great place for photos.

Simon built this car in his garage- his home garage. Since he put the wide body on his car, he has done five more wide body cars for his friends. They are a range of car brands for a group of guys who enjoy cars, video, and photography. With his own car, Simon was going for a look that was unique and in order to pull that off he went to different manufacturers for parts that he then melded together. And just like his car is an eclectic mix of parts that work well together, Simon himself has a very wide range of experiences under his belt. He has completed all of the required coursework of a four year apprentice mechanic but changed course prior to finishing the mandated work hours necessary to obtain a Red Seal. He completed an engineering degree and worked in various parts of the praries and western Canada. Currently he is doing graphic design and web development. With this diverse work background it becomes clear why this home built car has such clean lines and how it handles the road course so effectively. Then Simon shares that he spent a summer at the Bridgestone Racing Academy based at Mosport Raceway in Ontario - there is no question left that this is a driver's car!

 

This Scion is very well sorted out. Nicely planted throughout corners combined with the steady power curve of the HKS supercharger, the car would simply go where directed.
 
Even after multiple laps in rain and sun, an hour plus drive to get to the track (this car is not a trailer queen), the car looks fantastic in photos. One headlight caught a massive stone during the day - just part of the challenge and expectation of a track outing.

Simon tracks the FR-S a couple of times a month during track season. He knows the car well as he purchased it new in April of 2013 and has been working on it from that point. This event at River's Edge in Mission was hosted by Speed-Fanatics. This group has a focus upon getting drivers onto the track and developing them into amateur racers. Following the guidelines and rules of the CACC (Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs), Speed-Fanatics is a making solid focus upon providing an opportunity for drivers to enjoy exploring the limits of their vehicles on a race course. Mission Raceway Park is best known for it's dragstrip but the road course has been present since 1992 - unfortunately only one sport can take place at a time. The braking zone for the quarter mile track is part of the road course.

 

 

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spdracerut
spdracerutlink
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:25 AM
Huh.... very interesting about the aluminum intake manifold. Every OEM has gone from aluminum to plastic. So.... curious as to why Toyota went the other way around...
nissannx
nissannxlink
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:09 AM
I would personally want it just because it looks better ... but the additional power gains absolutely make this a worthwhile upgrade.
Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:21 AM
If I built an '86, it would basically be this car. I always go for a mix of "go" and "show," and this car pulled it off perfectly.
Chris_B
Chris_Blink
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:24 AM
One of the major reasons OE went to plastic intakes, aside from the added design flexibility, is noise (NVH) reduction. The intake sounds we think are cool are ripe for bad press from Prius-driving "automotive" editors.
warmmilk
warmmilklink
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:28 PM
looks like it can use more negative camber in the front...
SM_Clay72
SM_Clay72link
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 2:48 PM
What times does he run at mission? Maybe i will see him there this Saturday at their time attack.
nissannx
nissannxlink
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:52 PM
Dusty, I agree!
Chris, that makes sense. I was guessing it was cheaper to produce.
Warmmilk, good suggestion. I'll pass that along.
SM, I'm not sure if he'll be there but I'm there this Saturday for the start of CACC's event and next Saturday for VCMC's day. Gray RX-8 on the sidelines or white NX on the 5th. Hope we cross paths.

We didn't get times - I must've clicked the wrong button on the phone.
Frank
engineered
engineeredlink
Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:45 PM
Nice build. Been thinking about doing this to a BRZ. That, or a used S2000.
Any idea how much he's put into this build?
warmmilk
warmmilklink
Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:33 PM
S2000 has the advantage of a double wishbone suspension and capability to make power NA. BRZ has the advantage of having a roof. Both have absurd amount of aftermarket support.
nissannx
nissannxlink
Friday, April 28, 2017 8:22 AM
engineered, I didn't ask that question. What I can tell you is that untold hours went into this FR-S. As to the BRZ/86 vs the S2000 - availability would push me towards the 86. But I'd love to have an S2000.
engineered
engineeredlink
Friday, April 28, 2017 11:04 AM
Yes, finding an unruined S2000 can be hard and the price isn't much different from a newer BRZ. I like this guys DIY style/work. Surely many hours were spent on his car.

Are the Zestino's really competitive with the top tires?
nissannx
nissannxlink
Friday, April 28, 2017 3:07 PM
I was just a passenger, but the grip the Zestino's had surprised me. They were new so how they are long time I cannot say, but after a twenty minute session I'd look at them for my car.
warmmilk
warmmilklink
Friday, April 28, 2017 3:16 PM
but if you keep the S2000 unruined, its value will hold. The only way you can make a BRZ's value hold is by spending 2x its price to modify it...
Aaron Breckenridge
Aaron Breckenridgelink
Saturday, April 29, 2017 5:54 AM
The HKS SC kit looks to be around $5500 on EBay. Can't easily find good pricing on Wilwoods, but probably $2500 for the kit. RocketBunny wide body kits look to retail around $2600. Throw in $2000 for wheels and tires, $2000 for incidentals, $1000 for tuning. Probably looking somewhere around $18,000 in parts alone, assuming from the garage shot that he did most of the work himself. That's at retail though; and I've known plenty of guys that have the shop hookup, so who knows?

Always budget your projects folks.
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