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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.


 

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Japanese Cars That Don't Suck

by Mike Kojima

I pissed a lot of people off with my Japanese Cars Suck article a few weeks ago, where I expressed dismay at the boring state of the Japanese car industry. Japan Inc. seems to be producing either the uninspired transportation device or the trying too hard, over the top stuff that seems like something out of the Fast and the Furious or Transformers franchises.


 

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Purple in Motion - Jackson Racing Supercharged Scion FR-S

by Alvin Miles Jr.

Car enthusiasts in this generation are always after the newest and hottest automobiles being released. When it came down to a sports car, Toyota was definitely behind in that department. Akio Toyoda, (the President of Toyota and grandson of the founder), wanted that feeling to come alive again. In spring 2012, the Scion FR-S (front engine rear-wheel-drive ‘sport’) was launched. Inspired by the mid 80’s Toyota Corolla, also known as AE86 and known to be any drifter’s eye candy, the FR-S was set to be agile, light, and most of all, affordable. That was the same feeling that Phil Chien felt with his AE86 that he once had. Once the GT86 (Toyota’s formidable version)/FR-S was released, he knew that he had to have one.


 

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Building the FR-S FA20 engine with Stay Crushing, Assembling the Engine!

by Mike Kojima

In our previous installments of the Stay Crushing FR-S engine build, we have been accumulating the parts to build the supercharged FA20 engine. Now we have everything, and it's time to put it all together!


 

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Building the FR-S FA20 engine with Stay Crushing, Prepping the Cylinder Heads With Portflow Design 

by Mike Kojima

In the last installment of our FA20 engine build, we covered the parts that we were going to use for the insides of the "Stay Crushing" FR-S. With the components covered it was time to start on the engine build in earnest. We decided to begin with the cylinder head and enlisted the help of Tom Fujita at Portflow design to perform the core work on our head.


 

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Building the FR-S FA20 Engine with Stay Crushing!

by Mike Kojima

Our friend Robert Kochis doesn't seem like a typical MotoIQ reader. He is a cool guy, not a nerd. He is into show cars. His daily is a stanced out 350Z that is slammed to the ground and has a ton of negative camber. His other car is a show FR-S with a Rocket Bunny type 2 aero kit. He vapes and has sleeve tats.  He is even super insta famous as Stay Crushing.


 

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HKS Introduces New V3 Supercharger Kit for FR-S and BRZ

Industry Press Release

HKS, the iconic Japanese performance parts manufacturer, is announcing the introduction of its new V3 Supercharger Kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

The V3 Supercharger kit includes some significant changes over previous versions. The inlet pipe has been redesigned to have a larger inside diameter, allowing for more airflow. The restrictor plate has also been removed.


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Watch the Mackin Industries/Turn 14 Distribution Scion FR-S Tackle Pikes Peak

Scion Racing

In 2015, we returned to the famous race along with Mackin Industries, Evasive Motorsports and GReddy Racing, enlisting Robert Walker to pilot the Mackin Scion FR-S, which has been specially rebuilt for the rigors the car was put through on such a challenging event. Enjoy the sights and sounds as the Mackin FR-S tackles the infamous Pikes Peak.  Check it out and check out the link to our story on the car inside!


 

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A Look Inside the Mackin Industries/Turn 14 Distribution FR-S Pikes Peak Car

by Mike Kojima

The Evasive FR-S with its wild aero and wide body had been shipped to Japan for a time attack battle at Tskuba Circuit leaving the team without a car to compete in.  Instead, for this years Pikes Peak Effort, Evasive teamed up the Mackin Industries to run their FR-S up the mountain in the Time Attack 1 class. We had previously worked with Evasive and Mackin on setting up this car at Super Lap Battle so it was reasonably dialed in.  However, it needed another round of upgrades to tackle Pikes Peak. The work was done on a super low budget in quick order.  Turn 14 Distribution was an essential part of the effort donating many parts and helping with the budget. 

Lets take a look at what was done to the car prior to the event!


 

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Fluidampr FR-S/BRZ Crankshaft Damper Development

Fluidampr Case Study

Fluidampr performance dampers challenge the misconception that a viscous damper is only suitable for large, low rpm industrial and commercial diesel engines. Follow the design and development process, plus comparative testing of a new Fluidampr performance damper for the Subaru FA20 / Toyota 4U-GSE 2.0L opposed-four cylinder ‘boxer’ engine. The engine is featured in the popular 2013-present Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, Toyota GT86 and new 2015 Subaru WRX.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S, Working on the Cosmetics

by Mike Kojima

In our previous installments of Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S we have been working on getting the performance of our sports coupe up to snuff.  Now it's time to look at stuff that we usually don't care that much about: the looks stuff and cool JDM bits needed for car show points!

Since we figured that every FR-S at the SEMA show was going to sport the new Rocket Bunny wide body kit, we decided to do something completely different. We came up with a theme of restraint.  At the risk that no one would get it, we decided to go MotoIQ style and come up with a look of a practical daily driver car, one that would look trick with a few high quality parts but not something that would scream look at me.  Would the judges get it?  Probably not but we had to do something radically different. 


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S: Getting More Power with an HKS Supercharger and More Cooling with a CSF Radiator 

By Mike Kojima

Our SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge car's progress is coming along nicely.  With all of our other mods coming together we now will focus on getting serious power out of our FA20 engine with an HKS supercharger.  With power comes heat and we will be relying on a CSF racing radiator to take care of our cooling needs. 


 

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The CSF Radiator Challenge!  CSF vs Masiv

by Mike Kojima and Khiem Dinh

During the summer CSF radiator launched a bold ad campaign with MotoIQ: the CSF Summer Challenge.  CSF boldly challenged the entire radiator industry to s shootout to see who makes the most effective radiator with us conducting the test.  CSF's only rule was that a radiator for the challenge had to be an off the shelf part built for a given car available to the general public, not a one off bespoke radiator designed just for the test.


 

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The Fabulous Flog: A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara's Falken Tire Subaru BRZ

by Mike Kojima

What is the Flog?  It is the nickname that the Falken team has given their BRZ drift car.  Driver Dai Yoshihara, commented when he first saw the completed car that it looked like a frog but with his Japanese accent it came out Flog and no one knew what he was talking about.  Dai had to pantomime a sitting frog and say riibit, riibit before anyone could understand that he meant Frog. 

The Falken Tire Subaru BRZ has been featured by a few other media outlets in the recent past but not like this.  Let us take you beyond the pretty pictures for a look inside the car which has been one of the most anticipated builds of a drift car to date.   One of the best looking cars on the Formula Drift circuit, the BRZ was built on a compressed time schedule by SPD Motorsports, the same folks who built Dai's iconic Discount Tire/Falken Nissan S13.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S, Getting More Power with a Ganador Exhaust

by Mike Kojima

Our first step in extracting more power from our FR-S's FA20 motor was to add an Unorthodox racing crank pulley which went pretty well.  Now we are going to take another baby step along the path of bolt on modifications by testing out a Ganador Exhaust system from Japan.


 

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VIDEO: SEMA Tuner Challenge FR-S Ep. 3 - Ganador Exhaust & UR Pulley

by GT Channel

We're stepping back in time a moment to bring you the install of our first horsepower modifications in the form of a Ganador Exhaust and Unorthodox Racing crank pulley. We were pleased to see both modifications produce solid power gains on the dyno. In the second half of the video we also cover some cosmetic updates from TRD and install LED mirror overlays.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S: Easy Power with an Unorthodox Racing Pulley

by Mike Kojima

In previous installments of Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S, we've worked on improving the suspension, braking and improved the grip with a new set of wheels and tires.  Now we will start focusing on getting more power out of the engine.  We will begin with simple modifications and start to ramp things up in our quest for power.

Our first step is perhaps the most basic, adding a lightweight Unorthodox Racing front pulley. The Unorthodox pulley is not an underdrive pulley but a lightweight pulley that takes several pounds off the engine's reciprocating mass. Spinning up extra mass takes power and a lightweight pulley can free up some of that power to reach the rear wheels.


 

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VIDEO: SEMA Tuner Challenge FR-S Ep. 2 -  Spoon Sub-Frame Collars

by GTChannel

In Episode 2 of the SEMA Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge Mike and Taro discuss the merits of the Spoon Sports Subframe Rigid Collar kit while Howard gets on with the hard work of the installation.  While it's now too late to vote for our effort in the competition it's never too late to hear Mike talk suspension.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S: Improving the Brakes With Wilwood

by Mike Kojima

In our last installment of build a SEMA car in two weeks, we went over our suspension refresh with parts from Whiteline and KW Suspension.  Now we are turning our attention towards stopping power using brake components from Wilwood. 


 

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Protect your FR-S Airdam with Protekt Skidplates!

by Mike Kojima

No matter how careful you are, you will do it eventually.  We have done it plenty of times. Modern high performance cars now almost always come with low airdams which make a big difference aerodynamically.  This means that you have probably hit them on the ground and damaged them on speed bumps, driveways and parking lots no matter how anal you are. 


 

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