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

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 27 years 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, 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.

About Scion

Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion's mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The brand features five groundbreaking models with a wide array of standard features: the xD urban subcompact five-door, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, the premium micro-subcompact iQ and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. The Scion brand often applies new practices in all aspects of its business and pushes the creativity envelope with non-traditional advertising and marketing to engage young consumers. Scion also supports originality through its programs in the artistic community. For more information, visit www.scion.com.

Contacts:




Toyota Racing            

Scion Public Relations

Les Unger                   

Craig Taguchi

Toyota National Motorsports Manager

Scion Public Relations

310.468.4709  

310.468.3282

les_unger@toyota.com  

craig_taguchi@scion.com

Toyota Racing:  www.toyotaracing.com 

Scion Website: www.scion.com






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.

SOURCE Scion



RELATED LINKS
http://www.toyotaracing.com
http://www.scion.com

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