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North American tuner companies were invited to Toyota Headquarters in Torrance, California to measure the new Scion FR-S and take a closer look at the car to begin the process of drafting future tuning parts. Many tuners were present at the event and the response to Scion’s new sports car has been overwhelmingly positive across the board.
Present at the session include the tuning industry’s heavy-hitters AEM, DC Sports, Whiteline, and ACT. Wheel companies Velox and König and audio specialists Scosche were present as well. According to Motor Trend, whom were present at the measuring session, many more companies were still scheduled to take measurements after they departed.
A number of Scion FR-S models were provided by Toyota for the tuner’s disposal. Audio specialists dismantled the interiors to measure clearance for stereo systems. Taking it even farther, performance intake systems tuner Airaid went ahead and digitally mapped the engine bay with a 3D scanner. According to Airaid engineer Clayton Rietz, the intake system in the FR-S is similar to the set-up in the Toyota Tacoma, which Airaid has already made an intake system for. Assuming that an FR-S intake will be a straightforward tweak from the Tacoma, performance parts for the FR-S may make it to the market quickly after the cars official on sale date.
What’s more, a close look during the session revealed just how much of the hardware belongs to Toyota’s project partner, Subaru. Suspension, exhaust and brake components are all stamped with the Subaru emblem. Performance suspension specialists Whiteline noted that many parts appear shared with existing Subaru cars, making an aftermarket suspension system only a test fit away.
In terms of wheel fitment, the Hellaflush community will be delighted to know that the inner lips of the front fenders are already smoothened and fender rolling will not be a necessary task when performing an ultra-flush wheel fitment. Both front and rear brake calipers are very compact, effectively eliminating clearance issues. Several wheel experts also suggested the possibility of fitting 10-inch wide wheels in the rear without the need for modification.
With a car so tuner friendly, the new FR-S is not only well positioned to become an instant hit, but should bring forth a resurgence to aftermarket tuning as well.
Discuss the Scion FR-S at www.fr-sforum.com
GALLERY: Scion FR-S Measuring Session
[Source: Motor Trend]
Driving down the boulevard in their Italian supercars, wealthy but genuine car enthusiasts face the difficult challenge of separating themselves from the typical playboys in fast cars. To solve this first world problem, HRE performance wheels proposed that there is no better way to add a touch of class to an exotic than by installing performance wheels with vintage flair.
Introducing the new Vintage Series, HRE wheels recreated three iconic designs from the brand’s 34-year history, each of which range from 18- to 20-inches, and are completely re-engineered as 3-piece forged wheels from quality aerospace-grade forged alloy. What’s more, each wheel is hand-finished in order to meet customer’s specifications for their modern exotic.
HRE provided a press gallery to showcase its new wheels installed upon the successors of the same automobiles that once wore the originals. The German racing car roots of the “501″ wheels are instantly recognizable, as its mesh lace design suits the latest viper green Porsche 991 ducktail nicely. The five-porthole “454″ is a modern take on the wheels from the sensational Lamborghini Diablo and are just as striking to look at when fitted to the new Aventador. Finally, the pentagram design “505″ is a proper ode to the Ferrari F40, although pairing the set of wheels to a Ferrari 458 Spider is slightly clashing.
HRE Wheels President Alan Peltier said, “The process of recreating vintage designs that captured the style and essence of the originals was very exciting and challenging for all of us at HRE. These designs take us all back to the ’70′s and ’80′s when we were kids falling in love with exotics for the first time and truly becoming car lovers. Capturing all the character and magic of these designs, while ensuring they fit modern super cars and met our current engineering standards, made the project tougher than simply creating replicas of the original cast wheels. We found inspiration in those original designs but created wheels that reflect the HRE of today; wheels that are truly inspired.”
Wealthy automotive connoisseurs, rejoice!
GALLERY: HRE Vintage Series
Those Canadians have to put a lot of thought into their tires. Seasonal weather conditions alone are enough to make their heads spin. So how do they pick a tire that’s right for their car? Well, the crafty Canucks at Canadian Tire just made the process a whole lot easier with its online tire store and Help Me Choose feature.
Canadian Tire’s new online tire store was designed to make buying tires and wheels online easier. Customers can browse over 8,000 products and make informed purchase decisions. They can search based on vehicle, model year, tire size, tire type, and brand, as well as build a custom selected tire and wheel package.
If consumers want to see how different tire brand stack up next to the competition, they can use the site’s enhanced product comparison capabilities and make an informed choice using detailed product information. There is also a handy “Help Me Choose” feature that takes consumers through the purchase process so they can make the right decisions for their vehicles.
“Customers have turned to Canadian Tire for their automotive needs and we are excited to extend our broad assortment of tires and wheels online,” said Allan MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Automotive for Canadian Tire. “The launch of the online tire store not only provides Canadians with a new and innovative resource to help them buy the right tires for their vehicle, it also speaks to our commitment to raising the bar on the customer experience.”
The site offers a user friendly experience, and also includes a product support area that features informational articles, how-to videos, buying guides and FAQs. Once you pick your product, Canadians can have it shipped to a store near them at no extra charge so they can pick it up of have it installed.
If you’re living in the Great White North, head over to www.canadiantire.ca/tires and give the site a whirl.
So what is it that you do when you have a Lamborghini LP670-4 SuperVeloce and you start to get bored? You get it wrapped full matte purple and outfit it with a set of ADV.1 Deep Concave ADv05 wheels. So what do you do once you’re bored with that? Rewrap the entire exotic in a chrome purple finish, that’s what.
This LP670-4 SuperVeloce is sporting what might be perhaps the next trend or style to hit the aftermarket: colored chrome foil wraps. We’ve seen chrome and shiny gold wraps before, but purple is definitely new to us and we have to agree that it looks amazingly nice on this LP670-4.
GALLERY: Chrome Purple Lamborghini LP670-4 SuperVeloce
Ferrari‘s F430 and now F458 Italia has become synonymous with the Italian manufacturer’s moniker; while models such as the California go on living their lives less popular in the public light. Sporting a front-engine 4.3L V8 with 454-hp, many critiqued the California as a girl’s Ferrari, rather than a man’s Ferrari. But the folks over at ADV.1 Wheels don’t think the California is a ‘chick’s car’ and set out to prove it.
Teaming up with Wheels Boutique, the Florida-based wheel manufacturer took a classy silver California and outfitted it with some suspension modifications and a set of their brilliant wheels, making the California a manly exotic supercar. Not many words are needed to express just how beautiful this project is, but it’s worth mentioning how simple and subtle modifications can go a long way in completing the look of a car. Even one as exotic as Ferrari’s California.
GALLERY: ADV.1 Wheels Ferrari California
[Source: ADV.1 ]
BBS wheels are arguably one of the most famous brands in the automotive industry. Appearing on everything from Volkswagens to Formula 1 race cars, the high-quality German made rims have been a staple of both the “show” and “go” sides of the industry for decades. But reports out of Germany state that BBS filed for bankruptcy on December 30th.
This isn’t the first time that BBS has undergone financial turmoil. In 2007, the company also filed for bankruptcy, and managed to pull through. This time, it appears that the company’s precarious situation got the better of it, although partner company IG Metall was apparently planning a large investment in BBS just before the filing.
Even though Mercedes-Benz‘s C250 CGI isn’t the most exciting of sedans, being part of its BlueEfficiency line, VÄTH has made the 1.8L model more powerful and more fun to drive. Their tuning package gives the C250 CGI the capability of hitting 270-hp, a major increase from the factory’s 204-hp.
For those looking for a nice increase in power without breaking the bank account, VÄTH offers a V25 tuning kit for around $1,535 U.S. which bumps power to 255-hp and 273 ft-lbs of torque. Max speed is also bumped up to 161 mph. But those looking for the 270-hp peak, an upgraded intercooler is available for around $1,430 and the sports exhaust system is $2,575. Those numbers are a bit pointless, however, as we don’t get the 250 model on this side of the Atlantic.
On the outside is a fine collection of carbon fiber goods: hood ($5,940), front lip ($1,815), rear diffuser ($2,270), and trunk spoiler ($425). A brake upgrade featuring 14-inch rotors in the front with 6-piston calipers and 12.5-inch rotors in the rear with 4-piston calipers can be had for around $6,860. A staggered set of 19-inch wheels complete with tires are priced at $5,180.
VÄTH mentions suspension upgrades in their press release, which sounds like a tuned coilover set of some sort, but details and pricing are left out. They close off the tuning package with some carbon fiber interior trim and Alcantara roof liner for $1,255.
GALLERY: VÄTH Mercedes-Benz C250 CGI
Official press release available after the break.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but for Rays Engineering it’s a thorn in their side. Their most popular wheel, the TE37, is quite possibly the most copied wheel in the world. We have seen so many variants of the 6-spoke design, some virtually identical to the TE37 and some adding a little spice to the design but still sporting the same decals. We’ve always been very anti-imitation, so we figured we’d continue spreading the good news and help preserve the beauty of the TE37 wheel.
Rays Engineering (manufacturer of Volk Racing wheels) has updated their 17- and 18-inch TE37 models to mimic their 19-inch model with the engraved stampings on the lip of the wheel. These engravings include the Volk Racing logo, Made in Japan, Rays Eng., VIA/JWL, Forged, and Monoblock. Rays Engineering states that this is just another step of precaution to show the difference between the original and copied wheels.
We all know the TE37 is quite possibly the world’s most famous wheel. It also has a rich background on race cars, proving that its lightweight and ingenuous design does work. So for those out there fakin’ it around with imitations, we point, laugh and mock you. It’s ok though, we’re sure you’re pointing back, laughing back and mocking at our empty wallets.
[Source: Farm of Minds]
Porsche Tequipment is introducing three new products – all of which are certain to resonate with owners of Germany’s legendary sports cars. Up first is undeniably one of our favorites: Fuchs wheels. These old-school five-spoke black rims with silver lips are certain to differentiate the wanabes from the true enthusiasts. Re-introduced on the 911 Sport Classic model (just 250 of which were built), Porsche is now offering Fuchs wheels in 19×8.5-inch front and 19×11.5-inch rear fitments.
Next is something Porsches have been wanting ever since the introduction of the PDK dual-clutch gearbox – paddle shifters. Well, actually, it’s an entire 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters. Regardless, it’s a much preferred alternative to Porsche’s silly toggle switches.
Finally, Porsche has decided to offer a new aero kit, which includes a new front fascia and rear spoiler, to give your Carrera the look of a Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup car.
So far, Porsche has only announced these new parts for Europe, but we have to think they’ll find their way across the Atlantic soon.
For European pricing and more details, see the official release after the jump.
GALLERY: Porsche Tequipment
While the paddle shift wheel is only visible to the driver, owners of a 997 series 911 can share in Porsche’s racing heritage on the outside as well. A new aerokit front fascia and replacement rear wing makes new 911s look like the racers from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. All of these parts are available in Europe now and should be offered Stateside soon.
Official release after the jump: