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Scion FR-S Named Official Race Vehicle for 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

 

Newly Modified FR-S Race Vehicle Makes its Debut at Chicago Auto Show

February 07, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 - Toyota Motorsports and Scion announced today that the Scion FR-S sports coupe will be the official vehicle of the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. This first Pro/Celebrity race-ready vehicle is making its debut here at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will take place April 20 and mark the 37th anniversary of the charity event held annually as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.  It also marks the first time in 27years that a rear-wheel drive sports car will serve as the designated race car.

"The transformation of the FR-S into a race vehicle is a dream come true for many die-hard FR-S fans, and we wanted to share the journey with consumers at the Chicago Auto Show," said Doug Murtha, Scion vice president.  “Scion vehicles have been driven in the Pro/Celebrity race vehicle since 2005, and we can’t wait to see the rear-wheel drive FR-S race around the historic street course.”

The race-ready, identically-prepared FR-S cars will produce 210 horsepower, equipped with performance enhancements that include a range of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) products such as:  stainless-steel exhaust, coil-over shocks and springs, big brake kit featuring Hawk Performance brake pads, performance air intake and 18 inch wheels.  Other custom equipment includes a Centerforce single disc racing clutch, front MacPherson struts and a rear double wishbone suspension.

A build video shows the transformation of the FR-S into a race vehicle and highlights the painstaking process and level of detail that goes into each of the 25 race vehicles created for the event.  

“The newly designed Scion FR-S sports coupes are being prepared to debut in time for the 37th anniversary of one of America’s most entertaining motorsports events,” said Les Unger, Toyota national motorsports manager. “Our participants should find it easy to celebrate this year’s race theme – Revved Up to Race – sitting behind the wheel of a race-ready Scion FR-S.  The drivers will compete for a chance to earn yearlong bragging rights and acknowledge charitable donations made on their behalf.“

Launched in the summer of 2012 to rave reviews, the Scion FR-S has earned a cult following and significant accolades including being named Best of 2013 by Cars.com, earning a spot on Car and Driver’s 10 Best List for 2013 and winning the first-ever Car of the Year Award from AutoGuide.com.  

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race has evolved into one of the longest-running corporate-sponsored events of its kind, pitting celebrities from music,frsinteriorracec320x sports and film against professional race drivers.  The event benefits “Racing for Kids,” a nonprofit, national fundraising program that supports children’s hospitals throughout the United States.  

Since 1977, Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race participants have included many Hollywood elites such as Keanu Reeves, Ashley Judd, Adrien Brody, Cameron Diaz, George Lucas, Queen Latifah and Jay Leno.  Outside the red carpet, participants include former astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, NFL star John Elway, NBA All-Star Karl Malone,  X Games Champion Tony Hawk, Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton and twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres.  

Toyota has donated more than $2 million to the Racing for Kids organization since 1991 on behalf of the Pro/Celebrity race and its participants.  In addition to Toyota’s annual contributions, a $15,000 donation will be made in conjunction with the 16th annual “People Pole Award.”  Sponsored by People magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on April 19.

To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, or view the build video showing the transformation of the FR-S into a race vehicle, go to www.toyotaracing.com, visit our Facebook page (Toyota Racing), follow us on Twitter @ToyotaRacing or join the conversation with the participants at #TPCR.

2013 Toyota Pro / Celebrity Scion FR-S Specifications

ENGINE          

Type                            4-cylinder, boxer type, 16-valve DOHC with Variable Valve Timing Control

Displacement              2.0L (121.9 Cu. In.)

Power                         210 hp @ 7000 rpm

Induction                    Fuel Injection D-4S (Direct and Port Injection System) TRD Performance Air Intake

Bore X Stroke             86.0 mm X 86.0mm

Compression Ratio     12.5:1

Fuel                            F&L racing fuel 100 octane unleaded

Exhaust                      TRD stainless-steel exhaust

Motor Oil                     Redline 0W20 synthetic

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission              6-speed manual with Redline MTL synthetic transmission fluid

Differential                  Limited-slip differential

Clutch                         Centerforce single-disc racing clutch

CHASSIS/BODY

Chassis                       Unibody

Body                           Scion FR-S

Steering                      Rack-and-pinion

Graphics                      Vinyl graphics by Hukill Paint and Graphics

SUSPENSION

Type                            4-wheel independent

Front                           MacPherson strut with TRD custom coil-over shocks and springs

Rear                             Double-wishbone with TRD custom coil-over shocks and springs

WHEELS AND TIRES

Wheels                       TRD 18 X 7.5 in.

Tires                            Bridgestone Potenza RE11, 225/40/18                              

Brakes                        4-wheel disc with ABS and TRD big brake kit.  Hawk Performance brake pads

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Safety                          Full roll cage, Onboard fire system, Window net, 5-point seatbelts

DIMENSIONS

Race Weight                2775 lb.

Wheelbase                  101.2 in.

Overall Length             166.7 in.

Overall Width               69.9 in.

Overall Height              48.7 in.

Ground Clearance        3.0 in.

Track Width                  Front — 59.8 in., Rear — 60.6 in.

Fuel Capacity               13.2 gal.

 

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