LAS VEGAS -- The FR-S was Scion's darling of the 2012 SEMA Show, but this year the 2014 tC takes center stage with three custom examples going head-to-head in a tuner challenge.
This custom 2014 Scion tC features a one-off wide-body kit, special BASF paint, and the requisite wheel and suspension mods that are the hallmark of any show car. Astute viewers may notice that the instrument cluster hump is on the wrong side; that's because tuner Josh Croll has converted this tC to right-hand drive. It's the first RHD tC in the world and a nod to the automaker's Japanese roots.
Under the hood, the WSD tC's engine has been upgraded with a Garrett T3 turbo, part of a Dezod Motorsports turbo kit, and a custom cold air intake. Look at the rear bumper and you'll notice something is missing: the exhaust tip.
A custom fabricated exhaust and turbo wastegate dump exhast gases through a pair of openings in the tC's hood. I'd love to hear how that sounds, but it must make it hard to keep the windows clean. The turbocharged engine nets 349 horsepower at the wheels with 296 pound-feet of torque.
Every good custom car is built around some sort of theme. This 2014 Scion tC Seattle area designer Walter Franco is built around a luxury/VIP theme. The car's exterior features a custom wide-body kit built by DTM Autobody and front spats and side skirts by frequent Toyota/Scion collaborator Five Axis.
Under the hood, the engine is upgraded with a nitrous system and custom-built stainless headers by ASP. Exhaust gasses exit through a TRD stainless muffler. The car crouches atop its 20-inch, concave F410 Avant Garde wheels on an adjustable Air-Zenith suspension.
The third entry in the Scion tC Tuner Challenge is the Simpli-tC by the cleverly named Young Tea. As the name implies, the Simpli-tC shows an effort to keep things simple, enhancing the attributes already present in the 2014 tC.
The Simpli-tC's custom molded fender flares have been blended into the tC's existing character lines and the AirRex Air Suspension system settles the bodywork right down to the carpet of the show floor. The Lite Teal Pearl Paint from House of Kolor that coats the body is a gorgeous color that plays interesting games with the light.
Under the hood, the boxer 4-cylinder engine is fed intake charge by a Powerhouse Amuse Turbo Kit with a BorgWarner turbo. After being mixed with E85 or 91 octane fuel and being combusted in the engine that's been strengthened by way of upgraded pistons, rods, and ACL bearings, exhaust gases are forced back through the turbo via a titanium downpipe and full exhaust system.
Power flows through a G-Force GSR four-speed transmission and out through the rear wheels via Rays Gram Lights 57XX wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires. I guess with 730 pound-feet of torque, you don't need a lot of forward gears to get the job done.