The SEMA Show hasn’t even started yet, and already it’s clear that the Scion FR-S will be one of the defining vehicles of this year’s event. In addition to various custom examples spread around the show, the Scion booth itself will include five customized versions of the FR-S produced by builders across the country. As a little preview before the show begins, we thought we’d ask you guys to pick your favorites from the bunch.
First off, there’s the Fatlace FR-S (pictured above) which features the TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny kit and a Vortech supercharger among its many modifications.
Going with a more low key take on the car is the “Carbon Stealth” FR-S from John Toca of Chicago. The car has lots of audio work in addition to it’s dropped stance, wheels, and mild body modifications.
Next is Daniel Song’s matte black “FR-S GT”. As you can see from the photo, this FR-S was built as a vision of a track-ready machine.
Representing the East Coast is the “Minty Fresh” FR-S of Chris Basselgia. There’s a definite “less is more” approach here.
Last but not least is the Evasive Motorsports FR-S, which you can read about in detail in Sean’s feature story on the car.
So, which one of these custom machines excites you the most? Make your vote below.
The Minty Fresh FR-S won I believe. The Evasive car looked awesome.The Fatlace FR-S looked appalling, quite a few RocketBunny kitted FR-S at the show and that was the worst. Placement of the logos was hap hazard and the striping was at complete odds with the Red. The Fatlace R35 on the Falken stand had the same sort of striping and that didn't work either.
The FR-S World Challenge race car looked great btw
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure three of those cars are in some sort of 15k tuner challenge by Scion. The Evasive and Fatlace cars had their own budgets and limitations as far as I know. On that note, I think the Evasive car obviously wins this little poll. There's a lot of other cars at SEMA that aren't on this list though.
i would totally have gone with the evasive, but at the same time its just to track oriented. the frs gt is the best cross between street and track and i think thats cool. but evasive is the best build, hands down.
Is this a serious poll? Even Daniel Song who built the FR-S GT admitted the Evasive FR-S was going to be THE BEST FR-S at SEMA this year. No contest.
No creativity from Fatlace. People needs to realize that Mark is just a follower, not an original. Look at the Illest logo, its a knock off logo off of the Titleist logo. Too much hype.
Most are "too low" therefor the wheel looks out of place sitting so high up in the wheel well....maybe I'm the only one who likes it to be close to centered or somerthing...
I would Gladly vote for the Carbon Stealth, but the paint Job just isn't right in my eye... EVASIVE FTW
I choose Evasive, but am sorta suprised nobody has ripped one down and thrown in a WRX STi 4WD drivetrain. That with 350hp and I'll be really impressed.
Ok this is the last comment i'm going to make on this - probably - but i'd bet dollars to donuts that if Miura san's own FR-S was in this list (based on looks at any rate) it would win hands down. Get my vote anyways...
With the exception of the Evasive, we don't know much about them mechanically... so i guess we are being asked to vote on the cars' looks primarily?
On that basis: is it just me, or do the non-liveried cars just look way way better? The Rocket Bunny kit is gorgeous, and the Evasive probably is too... but take the stickers and stripes off (they don't REALLY make 'em go any faster you know) so we can see the thing!
Evasive deserves the prize, hands down! The Fatlace FR-S is essentially the Kei Miura's FR-S with TE37SL and some stickers. I don't see how Fatlace gets the credit (oh sorry, I forgot the supercharger). The "carbon stealth" FR-S is wrapped with fake carbon. Not real carbon. To top it off, the car has a bunch of stereo knick knacks....is it a track car, or a show car? The Evasive FR-S is very unique, designed, and developed all in house.... They should take the cake.
Evasive for the track, minty fresh on the street. The fatlace one is just random and ugly. These side profiles don't give anyone a good idea of how the cars actually look though.
Wow, Carbon Stealth all day. I typically like SEMA for the cars that I might actually daily, and that Beige, deck lip, accenting..... everything but the wheels, and they really aren't bad at all.
Not a bad car in the mix, though.
Carbon Stealth is the clear winner here. Simple and clean.. needs matte gunmetal wheels though.. with no polished lip.
Perhaps it's finally time for us to make a GT-86 shirt http://gearheadshirts.com
The Minty Fresh gets my vote. But where is the black and orange convertible one? It is in the fatlace SEMA preview.
The Evasive car due to the fact the engine bay is full of awesome parts, i can geek out on this car for sure.
if it was the actual rocket bunny car you featured a while back and not stupid fatlace doing the same thing as somebody else only a bit uglier, like always, then it'd have been a tough choice, but fatlace always makes it easy for me
and i dont care if it's easy or hipster or whatever to hate on fatlace, i still don't like them and what i said is still absolutely true
How is that rice?
@Hanma I heard that too. But I'm not too sure who got the 15K and who didn't. Maybe Mike Garrett could shed some light on that, since it wasn't mentioned anywhere on here.
This poll is a bit strange considering that the Teal, Peanut Butter and Carbon Wrapped cars were all for the Scion Tuner Challenge. Those guys had the budget from Scion while Scion gave Mike from Evasive and our Team a car to do however we liked. Since Tokyo Auto Salon in January we planned the car out with Muira-san of Rocket Bunny but of course we'd do our own thing and go heavy on suspension knowing we're going to be sliding this thing around mostly. If you want to see all the specs and not just pre-sema profile photo, checkout our post here. http://fatlace.com/2012/10/fatlace-x-scion-fr-s/
Major credit to the other builders just the same. I shouldn't sound so harsh. To be fair, Evasive had a much bigger budget and a dedicated team to build an actual race-ready car.
@Jason Well said! I've been saying this for years! How about the FL logo? Doesn't it look like Formula 1 logo? The guy needs to go back to his Nike root, and leave people like Miura san, Furukawa san and Nakai san doing their thing.
I agree. The ones without the stickers and crap all over them look the best. Though Im more interested in what they all have under the hood.
agreed. fast and furious style rice style is back! dust off your wings, graphix, and sticker spam and get ready for some shogun bodykits everybody
@vipersblade the carbon stealth has a fake carbon wrap. Search it on the net, you'll find pics of it.
@ChristianClark Scion gave $15,000 to each team (to play with, to spend the money as they please). Tearing down the engine, or buying a long block EJ25 would leave the team with little to no money to play with.
Most of the FR-S's above sport S/C.
Yeah, yeah, sponsors... but surely there are ways to honour your sponsor without ruining the look of your car!
@isaac sandoval Agreed. I'll take a stock one slammed on some decent fitted wheels any day over these RC looking cars. Fatlace and Evasive are exceptionally disgusting IMHO
@ComJive Agreed - but i thought the main beef with Fatlace is that they are TOO hipster?
@JDMized Pretty sure it was the teal car, the black car, and the tan car. Read about it on ft86club.
That's not entirely true. Each team was given $15,000 by Scion to play with (to spend the money as they please).
Team Evasive did a lot of in-house fabrication and saved a bunch of dough that way. Team Evasive has no stereo system and the money went into the cage, and fabbing the aero; whereas other teams decided to use the money elsewhere (in the stereo system for instance).
@JDMized: ah, they didn't mention that. Well, thats still where I would like to see one taken. The Evasive, with s/c makes I think 205hp, its a shame but i think they did the best with that budget compared to the others.
@tenpennyjimmy actually .. as these are show cars it doesn't matter what the livery is. Because that's not of any interest for potential buyers of the parts they present. Tell me a "better", more decent way ... some decals on the hood and fenders? Sry i don't think that'll draw the same attention...I would never drive around in one of these because - as you pointed out - livery doesn't speed you up and it looks ridiculous on the streets but for a show like SEMA it's just the way to do it properly.
@ChristianClark It's Speedhunters Christian, don't expect too much. They tell you half the story. If you're interested in a particular car, or event, you gotta search the net on your own. Lots of infos out there.
Anyway, yes the Evasive's FR-S makes a measly 205 hp or so, but words on the street say that they might tear down the block eventually and put forged stuff in it, and hop the boost :)
(btw, I don't think they're planning to take their FR-S to Pikes Peak with a 205 hp engine :)))