It was on October2013 and 11, that Scion announced its partnership with Bulletproof Automotive to generate a supercar concept build to debut on the SEMA show utilizing the FR-S platform. An FR-S supercar . . . well, we all know the Scion FR-S, but what exactly makes a car a supercar? Ben Schaffer, president of Bulletproof Automotive, has a distinct definition that had been the foundation for the build. The perfect supercar that inspires me is a driver-oriented, lightweight, massively powerful, balanced performance car that is constructed with uncompromising exotic materials both inside and out, he says. The team at Bulletproof dubbed the SEMA build the idea One. The Bulletproof FR-S Concept One was designed to get the mostcomplete and extreme, and audacious project ever attempted with all the FR-S platform, he says. So, how did they go about living up to such powerful words?using the interior. The Scion FR-S chassis was stripped of all the interior components and paneling. Carbon fiber was adopted to construct their replacements, while supercar-grade Alcantara was used to rewrap virtually everything in sight, including the Japan-market Recaro RS-G front seats. The red monochrome look is the same as what you should find in supercars such as the Lamborghini Super Trofeo or the Porsche 911 GT2, so it would only be befitting for a build of this caliber. The custom carbon work yielded 50 pluschosen to utilize the handmade Varis Widebody Type D kit, a dramatic, curved and vented and chiseled exterior package that complements and flows with all the Scion FR-S’ OE lines yet results in a look all of its own. A Varis carbon hood, carbon trunk, and euro GT wing were also utilized in addition to a dry carbon complete roof replacement made by Esprit Japan. Over 26 pieces were used to make the exterior package that you see before you. Finally, lamborghini Balloon White paint was chosen to slather the exterior of the car. We thought it would nicely set off the carbon and red accents, and give a good showcase for the lines of the Varis widebody, he says. The creativity from the team is seen through the custom touches to exterior such as the carbon overlay on the front bumper that elongates the style of the hood, as well as the red striping put into draw attention to the VSDC carbon that rings the lower area of the car. Great minds truly do think alike because the look was carried on by Varis with regard to their own demo cars for the Tokyo Auto Salon, and in many cases NISMO has released something similar.
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With such lofty goals, power was obviously needed to propel the chassis in the manner befitting a supercar. Powerhouse Amuse was contacted, as well as a turbo kit utilizing a BorgWarner EFR 6758 was used for the build, complemented by their R1000 STTI titanium downpipe and front pipe, as well as their R1 Titan Extra STTI exhaust system. Given the time limitations related to SEMA, there was almost no time to wait to get a production kit so the Bulletproof team used the prototype turbo setup taken directly from the Amuse demo car in Japan after it had been tested. The Scion FR-S boxer motor was modified to handle the forced induction with the team with 86.5mm forged pistons, custom billet rods, and ACL bearings. The result is over 500 hp on E85, yielding a much better power-to-weight ratio than the Lexus LFA! To handle vital duties of slowing the car down, an Original Runduce six-piston front and four-piston rear brake kit was utilized, using 365mm and 330mm rotors, respectively. A custom set of coilovers with external tanks and 12kg spring rates were used to manage rebound and compressionladies, it and gentlemen; this is not a show car. This Scion FR-S is meant to run, and it is designed to race. After making its debut here in the United States with the SEMA show, the car made its way to the land of the Rising Sun for which many consider to be the most notable motor show in the world: the Tokyo Auto Salon. The vehicle was shipped to Japan at the request with as well as the support of Option magazine, Hyper Rev magazine, and Varis Japan. Following the car ended up being requested to come to Japan, RAYS Wheels also requested the vehicle for their booth at Tokyo Auto Salon. Option and Hyper Rev will be featuring the car with their magazines (Option and Hyper Rev 86, and BRZ World) and therefore are holding a particular event at Tsukuba Circuit where Nobuteru Nob Taniguchi will drive the car on January 23, he says. This bespoke supercar intends to live up to the benchmarks from the peers that carry exactly the same title, as we discussed.These days so many supercars out there will not be as involved as an enthusiasts’ or owners’ car , despite the fact that The 86 chassis is undoubtedly an amazing drivers’ car. . . it’s more of a vehicle that drives itself. So, many cars now have special transmissions and have so many electronics . . . The goal here was really for taking an affordable sports car and convert it into a supercar. This can be our attempt at doing that, he says. And don’t think this was simply a one-time SEMA affair. All the high-end Japanese products that you see on the car are available for purchase through Bulletproof. The team always encourages customers to express themselves and their own unique tastes, though additionally, all of the custom work-from your carbon towards the interior-can be replicated. No matter what you would like and need, they are able to do it. Anything is possible. We certainly have fun challenging ourselves and looking to do things that are a bit unique, he says . After doing it for this long . . It’s a lot more fun to make something original that no one else has.””, although . it’s fun to sell parts that come in boxes and ship them out””
The Bulletproof FR-S Concept The initial one is the physical manifestation for each goal and vision that the team had. Installed it as simply as this: We liked the concept of making a baby brother for your LFA but something that was maybe in some ways even a bit more pure. How’s that for sibling rivalry?