Latest Project Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S

Testing Radium Engineering's Advanced Self-Draining Catch Can!

by Mike Kojima

Having proper crankcase ventilation is critical on a performance engine, especially forced induction ones that have more blowby past the rings by nature. The pressure needs to be relieved. Excessive crankcase pressure can blow seals, cause severe smoking from the turbo and affect piston ring seal causing smoking and losing power. 


 

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. 


 

Video: Installing 8 Prince Wheel Spacers With Dai Yoshihara

by GTChannel

Looking for a reason to install wheel spacers beyond being Hella Flush?  Formula Drift Champion Dai Yoshihara talks through the benefits of wheel spacers with MotoIQ Chief Mike Kojima and then installs them on the GTChannel/Mine's Scion FR-S.


 

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. 


 

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.


 

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.


 

VIDEO: SEMA Tuner Challenge FR-S Ep. 4 -  HKS Supercharger & CSF Radiator

by GTChannel

This episode features the installation of an HKS GT Supercharger to really boost the power under the hood and a CSF radiator to help handle the resulting extra heat.  HPS hoses are also featured for their added pressure and thermal capacities. Mike and Taro discuss the selected components in depth while our man Howard handles the install at the MotoIQ megashop.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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. 


 

VIDEO: SEMA Tuner Challenge FR-S Ep. 1 KW Suspension and Whiteline Goodies

by GTChannel

Wanna watch video of Mike geeking out over suspension on the GTChannel/MotoIQ Scion SEMA Tuner Challenge FR-S? Silly Question. Of course you do! Click inside for Episode 1 from GTChannel where Mike details the selection rationale for the parts placed on the car.


 

Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S 

by Mike Kojima

MotoIQ is teaming up with the good folks at The GTChannel to produce a Scion FR-S for the SEMA Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge.  The Challenge will be between Speedhunters, Superstreet and GTChannel/MotoIQ to see which media group can build the best FR-S with the car to be displayed at the SEMA Show in the Scion Booth.

We figure that our competitors at Speedhunters and Superstreet will be putting out cars with a heavy emphasis on cosmetics, most likely with special bodywork done by Kei Mura of TRA-Kyoto fame or something like that. We also figure that Superstreet will probably outsource their build and will have a much bigger corporate fired budget than us. Speedhunters seems to be working on their build by themselves so hats off to them!


 

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