“They have taken a stock FR-S and turned it into the ultimate weekend track car” Those were the words of Matt Farah, motorcar enthusiast as he took the VCMC (based out of Canada) Scion FR-S around Chuckwalla Valley raceway in the middle of Southern California.
In stock trim, the 2.0 Liter boxer 4 cylinder puts out just over 200 HP to the crank, but equipped with a turbo by FullBlown Motorsports running at a modest 9 pounds of boost, VCMC have cranked the Scion FR-S up to 350 WHP (320 at the wheels.) With a stock bottom end, VCMC didn’t want to run to much boost. Not to mention the fact that they stripped the FR-S of any unnecessary weight, equipped the little Scion with KW Variant 3 coil-overs at all four corners and 17x9 Hoosiers shod on each wheel, this Scion FR-S turns from canyon carver to full out comfortable track athlete.
This is exactly what Toyota planned that enthusiasts would do to the FR-S. In stock form, the FR-S’s character is sporty in its own right. But there is so much potential left on the table to improve upon performance and handling. All that’s left is for the aftermarket community to develop parts for the 2.0L and to let the tuning guru’s assemble balanced examples of track monsters to be raced and thrased upon.
Balance, according to Matt Farah, is key to tuning and VCMC have done exactly that despite the added 100+ HP. The VCMS Scion FR-S keeps its sporty nature, handles corners alot better and delivers power on demand without taking away from what the Scion FR-S is all about, an affordable balanced sports car.
With such great balance and great maneuvering although the FR-S easily drifts, this latest tuning car screams endurance racer.