Scion Tuner Challenge TCs Unveiled Ahead of SEMA

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The three Scion tC Tuner Challenge vehicles competing at this year’s SEMA Show have been unveiled.

Each builder was given $15,000 and a stock 2014 Scion tC to design and modify within 90 days. Now less than a week before the Las Vegas Convention Center opens its doors for the 2013 SEMA Show, all three projects have been revealed.

This year, the three competitors are Young Tea, Josh Croll and Walter Franco. Starting with Tea’s tC (pictured above), the California tuner opted to showcase a garage-built car that could earn respect at the track and be daily driven. Dubbed “Simpli-tC,” Tea’s project features a slight widebody conversion, a custom dual-outlet exhaust rear diffuser and air suspension to bring the car to the ground.

2013 SEMA Show Coverage

Next up is Josh Croll’s creation from Mertztown, Pennsylvania sporting a right-hand drive conversion, the first in the world. The flashy hot rod orange exterior features European-influenced body lines while the wide wheels give it a proper stance. Lastly is Walter Franco’s VIP-influenced Scion tC that has a luxurious feel thanks to its suede and leather interior with diamond stitching. On the outside is a pearl white exterior paint and an extensive audio system and plenty of performance upgrades under the hood.

All three vehicles will be on display next week at the 2013 SEMA Show where the winner will be announced and take home a $10,000 grand prize.

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GALLERY: Josh Croll WSD tC

GALLERY: Young Tea Simpli-tC

GALLERY: Walter Franco L-DZ Concept

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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