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Toyota FT86 will be named the Scion FT-S

February 12th, 2011 No comments

It’s been known for a while that the new Toyota FT86 rear wheel drive coupe is going to be branded under the Scion name. Until now though, we have had no clue as to what the actual name was going to be, so it went by FT-86 which is the code name Toyota gave this collaborative project with Subaru. We have learned that the Scion FT-86 is going to be called the Scion FT-S.

The first time you are going to be able to see this car is at the 2011 New York Auto Show where Toyota is going to lift the wraps up off of the Scion FT-S and we can’t wait to see it. Toyota is going to gear this car toward the drift crowd, with its RWD platform and 2.5 liter Subaru boxer engine. I wonder if Subaru will release an AWD version and call it the STi?

Either way, we are excited to see what the aftermarket is going to have in store for the Scion FT-S. Since it’s going to be RWD, and have a Subaru engine, my guess is the aftermarket is going to take to this car heavily with everything from turbo kits to drift style suspensions and more.

We’re excited for this car, and look forward to modifying one!

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AEM Sponsored Gardella Racing and Rockstar Scion Racing Take 2nd and 3rd at Formula Drift

October 7th, 2010 No comments


The wine country of the northern Bay Area was quiet and peaceful until Formula Drift slid through on September 10th and 11th. Fans were treated to some awesome drifting action and a sneak preview of the intense competition to follow at Irwindale, CA October 8th and 9th.

Gardella Racing and their AEM sponsored LS7-powered Pontiac Solstice made their presence known over the weekend with a strong finish in 2nd place. Ryan Tuerck drove phenomenally and took the Retakes Insane Entry Award for his performance. The competition was stiff as Ryan had to face Darren McNamara, Dai Yoshihara, and Tanner Foust on his way to the final race against Vaughn Gittin Jr. “The car felt great and I felt great. The setup was perfect,” said Ryan, and his car and his team have helped to put him just 85 points out of first place.

Rockstar Scion Racing and their AEM sponsored NACSAR V8 powered Scion tC had a great weekend too and kept their team in strong contention for the championship, finishing in 3rd place over the weekend. “It has been an incredibly competitive season,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis,

“To be heading into the final round in third place after four podiums is a testament to how high the level of competition has been this year.” Stephan’s observation couldn’t be any more accurate, as Tanner had to do battle with Patrick Mordaunt, Tyler McQuarrie, Rhys Millen, and Ryan Tuerck on his way to his podium finish.

It all comes down to this – The Title Fight, October 8th and 9th in Irwindale, CA. With only 100 points separating 1st and 4th place, the stakes couldn’t get any higher. Just one 1st place finish can send a team to the top of the podium. AEM sponsored Gardella Racing and Rockstar Scion Racing are poised and ready. Drift fans won’t want to miss the exciting finish to the 2010 Formula Drift season. Every driver is going to be charging hard, leaving everything on the track. This will be a race for the ages.

[Source: AEM]

AEM’s 2010 SEMA Booth to Host Tanner Foust’s Scion tC Formula D Car

October 1st, 2010 No comments

Considered to be the premier automotive tradeshow in the world, the SEMA Show 2010 is looking to be an event that no one can miss. Since the beginning, the SEMA show has maintained a long tradition of unveiling the newest aftermarket performance parts, displaying the hottest custom vehicles and making one of the biggest industry events of the year in one of the most famous cities in the world, Las Vegas. From November 2nd – November 5th, hundreds of vendors, racers and newest product and vehicle displays will be available to the industries leaders in all areas that are automotive and power sport.

AEM will be in attendance at the event booth 23551. AEM will be promoting new intakes and systems for the newest applications, and possibly showing some prototypes of new product lines available from AEM for the hottest 2010 and 2011 vehicles. In the booth, AEM will be promoting all of its product lines, from its high quality electronic gauges and sensors to its performance induction systems and filter lines. This booth is designed to show the reach and expanse of all AEM products available from truck and muscle car applications like the 2010 Dodge Ram series or the new Chevy Camaro, to powering up the hottest sport compacts on the street such as the Hyundai Genesis and the Subaru STI. The booth displays will also be presenting the history and background of AEM and its continual dedication to performance products and quality.

Located near the General Motors display booth, AEM is scheduling Tanner Foust’s Scion tC Formula Drift machine for exhibition in the booth for the event. This Scion tC is truly a redesigned vehicle made for performance and winning races against some of the hardest competition around. The car is designed with a modified firewall to accommodate the large set back V8 engine an intake which has been changed from an Edelbrock manifold to a complete welded fuel injection system with a custom tuned AEM induction tube and Dry-flow technology filter. Rounding out this Scion’s design it has been converted from a FWD to a RWD and utilizes a completely different suspension system from the stock engineering. All parts of this top rate drifting machine are scheduled to be in the AEM booth during the SEMA Show.

Other display booths at the show are also set to sport AEM systems. AEM is currently working to build a Subaru STI that is expected to be displayed at Subaru of America, booth number 21502. AEM is creating a custom STI application that sports the new 21-478WR intake system which is dyno tested at gains of 36HP. This kind of power, along with the star power of the vendors and attendees will certainly provide a show that will celebrate the very best the auto industry has to offer.

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2011 Scion tC – No TRD version for the new Scion tC

September 19th, 2010 No comments

We have just learned that unlike the rumors have stated in the past, there is not going to be a TRD version of the new and redesigned 2011 Scion tC. Toyota says there are going to be TRD options available for the 2011 Scion tC, but there is not going to be a full TRD version available. Scion will provide customers with a TRD catalog that they can choose parts from.

According to Scion public relations, there will be various TRD parts available for the 2011 Scion tC. Amongst these TRD parts, customers will get to choose from lowering springs, front sway bar kit, rear sway bar kit, exhaust system, short shifter kit, TRD 19 inch wheels, and TRD big brake kit with cross drilled rotors in the front.

We think the new 2011 Scion tC is sexy and can’t wait to get our hands on one. We’re going to skip the TRD stuff and go right for the custom turbo kits. TRD might release a supercharger in the future for the tC, but from past experience, it’s going to be mild and not wild… they do want to protect themselves from warranty claims.

Here’s to 500whp Scion tC’s in our future!

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2010 Scion tC Release Series 6.0

February 12th, 2010 No comments

Scion Announces Pricing for tC Release Series 6.0, Will Debut at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

[Source: Toyota] TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 8, 2010 — Scion announced today that its latest limited-production vehicle, the 2010 tC Release Series 6.0 (tC RS 6.0), will begin arriving in dealerships in March. The tC RS 6.0 will be on display in the Scion booth at the Chicago Auto Show, February 10-21, 2010.

The 2010 Scion tC RS 6.0 comes painted in a vivid Speedway Blue that is currently not offered on any other Scion model. The eye-catching exterior is complemented with a unique matte-black vinyl graphic that flows along the beltline and features the RS 6.0 logo on the rear quarter panel.

Adding to the coupe’s sporty character, the bright blue motif is carried over to the RS 6.0’s seats and steering wheel. Front and rear seats boast color-tuned surfaces – black fabric with blue highlights – and the leather-wrapped steering wheel comes finished with blue stitching.

The 2010 Scion tC RS 6.0 features an Alpine Premium Audio system with navigation that is flashed with a sound curve unique for the RS 6.0’s acoustics and includes a 4.3-inch touch screen, iPod®/USB connectivity, 200 watts of output, RCA output connections, and HD RadioTM technology. The navigation system consists of flash-based global positioning satellite (GPS) navigation, turn-by-turn voice guidance, a three-dimensional map view option, and a Scion tC RS 6.0 route-guidance icon.

Only 1,100 units of the Scion tC RS 6.0 will be built, and each vehicle comes with a unique, individually numbered stainless-steel badge. The tC RS 6.0 model will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,620 with a manual transmission, and $19,420 with an automatic transmission.

The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $670 and is not included in the MSRP. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

On February 16, visit the official Scion Release Series Facebook page at facebook.com/scionreleaseseries and “Get Inside the tC Release Series.” Using Facebook Connect, visitors will be treated to a personalized virtual ride culminating into a 360-degree experience at Scion’s most recent dubstep event.

2010 Scion tC Release Series 6.0 Pictures

2010 Scion tC Release Series 6.0 Specs

Base Price: $19,420
Wheelbase 106.3 in.
Transmission 162 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Engine Bore X Stroke 3.48 x 3.78 in.
Valvetrain 4-valve per cylinder with VVT-i
Fuel Type 87-octane unleaded
Displacement cu in (cc): 2.362 cc
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 162 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Length 174.0 in.
Width 69.1 in.
Height 55.7 in.
Wheel Size 17 x 7.0 in.
Tires P215/45Z R17

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