The Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge Returns to SEMA

The Scion Tuner Challenge is making its return to the SEMA show in Las Vegas next week, along with three new builds of the Scion FR-S! Each of the tuners participating in the competition submitted a rendering of their finished cars, and were provided with a new FR-S, $15,000, and three months to complete their builds in time for SEMA.

We won’t be taking the wraps off their cars until next Monday, but in the meantime, we’ve got a look at their renders along with a little information about each of the three tuners:

Chris Basselgia

Based out of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Chris Basselgia’s goals for his FR-S build included creating a car that remained enjoyable and drivable on the street, while simultaneously giving it an extremely low stance and making it stand out in a crowd. Likewise, as a musician, he wanted to ensure that his FR-S would produce quality sound without going overboard. While he’s out to prove that the East Coast’s best cars are capable of turning as many heads as anything the rest of the country has to offer, he’ll have his hands full competing with the other two tuners.

Daniel Song

Daniel Song’s Southern California upbringing put him in the heart of tuner car culture, something he’s been a part of for over 15 years. Inspired by the test cars that run in Japan’s GT300 series, Daniel wanted his FR-S build to look, in his words, “evil and sinister.” And, as his FR-S was designed to be as close to a racecar as possible, he chose to forego any audio set-up whatsoever. Though he held off on making any performance modifications until the end, we’re sure he has some surprises under the hood in store.

John Toca

As a Chicago native through and through, John Toca sought out to infuse his FR-S build with as much Midwest culture as he could. Focusing on performance as much as show, John’s FR-S was built using a number of custom fabricated carbon fiber parts, and was topped off with a supercharger to provide some forced induction. Although his team faced a number of delays during the process of modifying the car, they were able to pull everything together with time to spare and have the car ready to go for SEMA.

We’ll be bringing you more updates from SEMA as the Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge draws nearer, so be sure to follow along!