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See the Scion FR-S concept in action...sort of

The team behind the Scion FR-S concept set its sights on the slightly more low-brow 2011 Red Bull Soapbox Race.

The team behind the Scion FR-S concept set its sights on the slightly more low-brow 2011 Red Bull Soapbox Race.
The team behind the Scion FR-S concept set its sights on the slightly more low-brow 2011 Red Bull Soapbox Race. Five Axis

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the Scion FR-S concept unveiled at the 2011 New York auto show. Journalistic objectivity aside, that car is hot! When I heard that Five Axis, the team that built the concept for Scion, was entering an FR-S into the 2011 Red Bull Soapbox Race in downtown Los Angeles, I had to check it out.

What came out of the build process was a tube framed, super deformed FR-S micro-car with space for a single driver. Power is provided by two men who push the FR-S; gravity takes over as the FR-S rolls downhill. Zero to 60 time is unknown and highly unlikely.

The Five Axis' FR-S racer was piloted by Formula D racer Dai Yoshihara through the course's snaking turns and over its epic jumps. I won't spoil too much of the fun for you. Just check out the video below; the action starts at about the 2:40 mark.

If you've ever seen a Red Bull Soapbox Race in action, you'll know that half the fun is goofy cars; the other half is the dramatic crashes. Dai Yoshihara puts it best himself when he says in his post race interview, "We're too serious about it...we're too good." Priceless.