2013 Scion FR-S -Michael Neat
I had heard about this car from fellow racers, and if we're being honest, I have always liked the way they look. When I got it, I had just totalled my 2013 Genesis Coupe. I had quite a bit done to the Genesis, so the street test drive of the FR-S was almost comically slow to me.
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2013 Scion FR-S
Photographer Trey Coleman
I am 36 Years old, from Louisville KY, and have been into cars for at least 35 of those 36 years. Everything cars are what my lifestyle is kind of centred around. I manage a team of technicians for my full-time job.
I have my own Business "DreamStreet Garage" that I started to build people's cars on the side. when I'm not working or working, I'm hanging out with my son at the track, or racing in SCCA Time Trials, Gridlife Track Battle, or SCCA Auto X. This is the lifestyle I have worked into for years. I set a goal when I was 19 and didn't have 2 dimes to rub together, and have been building my dreams every since.
It's hard to say what started it. I was always fascinated with Hotwheels, remote control cars, and figuring out how things worked as a kid. I even took some of my favourite cars apart and had to throw them away because I couldn't get them back together, so I guess I've always been a tinker when it comes to cars. Of course "The Fast and The Furious" skyrocketed my passion for custom cars. Yeah, there's a lot of BS in there, but at the core, it really showcased all the amazing things you can do with cars. I got involved in street racing as a teen. Back then it was nothing like it is now. The car scene back then was bananas. That grew into a passion for motorsports. Now you will never catch me racing on the street, you'll rarely see me driving fast on the street. I save it all for the track now
I had heard about this car from fellow racers, and if we're being honest, I have always liked the way they look. When I got it, I had just totalled my 2013 Genesis Coupe. I had quite a bit done to the Genesis, so the street test drive of the FR-S was almost comically slow to me. I actually almost didn't buy it based on the test drive. I'm glad I did. With some fairly simple suspension mods and some nice wheels and sticky tires, this car quickly became an absolute RIOT to toss around on the track.
If I was asked what made me customise this car, The need for speed. I needed to go fast. These cars handle quite horrible in factory form (compared to one with light mods anyway.) I wanted the car to be more stable around turns, more responsive to steering input, and give better feedback when starting to break traction. Somewhere along the line, it got out of hand and I cut it up to fit 18x11s all the way around it with 285 tires. I guess that is what drives racing. "The never-ending quest for more" as I call it. Every Modification you see on this car is there for a purpose. It's there because it works. Well, except the underglow...that's there because of the Fast and the Furious
Owning this car has its ups and downs. It feels great to drive, it attracts a lot of attention and breaks a lot of necks. Makes me feel good that people are noticing a car I have put so much time into and hand-made so many things for. Of course, when it does Racecar things (breaks) it's quite frustrating. Even more frustrating because I have gone out of my way to get the best quality EVERYTHING on this car, and still have failures. That's part of it.
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The most unique thing with the car is the fact that the widebody is there to ACTUALLY FIT HUGE TIRES. Most of the widebody cars I see just run narrow tires with a really aggressive offset wheel or huge spacers. Frankly, I don't like the widebody, and I wish I didn't need it. But it is nice to have those massive tires all the way around the car.
Oof...I hope you have a minute
- Custom built 2.2L
- Darton MID wet sleeves
- Custom JE 11.3:1 Pistons .160 overbore
- Manley Turbo Tuff Rods
- ARP Head Studs
- Headgames Pocket Ported Heads
- GSC Super Alloy Valves
- GSC Beehive Springs
- Garrett G25-660 Turbo
- MAPerformance Turbo Header (UEL)
- Tial MV-S External Wastegate
- Injector Dynamics 1050X port Injectors
- Treadstone Intercooler
- C&R Oil Cooler
- Verus Engineering - C&R Radiator
- Custom Charge Piping
- HKS SSQV IV Blow-off valve
- Custom Downpipe and mid pipe (3")
- Tomei Ti Type 80 Cat-Back exhaust (3")
- Tuned by Graham @ Boosted Performance Tuning
- Custom Built (by Performance Shock Inc.) Bilstein Dampers
- Racer X Front Control Arms
- Racer X Rear Control Arms
- Racer X Rear Toe Links
- RaceSeng perches and top hats
- Eibach 571lb springs on all 4 corners
- Eibach Sway Bars (front and rear)
- Custom Strut Tower Brace
- ACT ProLite Flywheel
- ACT Street clutch disk
- ACT XT Pressure plate
- OS Giken Super Locker Rear Differential
- Cusco Rear Differential Brace
- Whiteline Rear Diff and carrier bushings
Wheels and tires:
- Enkei RS05RR 18x11+16
- Falken RT660 285/30R18 Tires
- Custom 5x114.3 hub conversion
- Wilwood 6 Piston Ultralight Front Calipers
- Wilwood 4 Piston Ultralight Rear Calipers
- Wilwood H compound pads
- Wilwood 2 Piece rotors
- Autopower Race 5 Point Roll Bar
- RaceTech 4009W Seats
- Sparco 6 Point FIA Harnesses
- H3R Fire Extinguisher
- NRG Hub and quick release
- Sparco Steering wheel
- Multiple gauges and custom switch panels
- Nine Lives Racing 74" Carbon Mega Wang
- Custom Front Splitter
- Custom Front Splitter Diffusers
- TrackSpec Hood Louvers
- Replica RBV1 Widebody fender flare kit
(I want to address the replica fenders. you won't find a real rocket bunny kit on many (if any) racecars. Show cars, yes. But racecars....someone is eventually going to get into that fender and break it. If you have a $150 fender, It's not a big deal, you just move on with your day. But if someone gets into you, or you touch a tire wall and break a $1500 fender, now all of a sudden you're pissed and your weekend is ruined)
I have. The bottom end of the engine was built by Mazworx. The heads were built by Headgames. The rest of the work has been done by me. This is kind of a "look what I can do for your car" advertisement piece. There are certain things that are done to this car that I would not advise getting into (like the fitting of 18x11s in the front) but, on top of this car being an enjoyment for me to drive and race, It is also a working demonstration. As a matter of fact, the only issues I've had with failures so far have been on things I didn't put together, either because I didn't have the equipment, or the time (i.e. wheel bearings, Rod Bearings, Transmission, etc)
there aren't many more planned mods. Boosted Performance in Des Moines IA recently tuned this build on a very mild tune at 457 WHP. Eventually, I'd like to run a scramble boost option at 650 WHP. But that's quite a ways away. The next mod will be a beefier gearbox.
If you are even mildly interested in Motorsports, this is a great platform. The versatility of the chassis is limitless. They make great cars for Autocross, Drift, Time attack, or Wheel 2 Wheel racing. Also, LITERALLY, EVERYONE got their hands on this thing for development, so you have a ton of options.
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Real Shout to Graham at Boosted Performance Tuning for putting such a useable and stable tune on the car. Dewey at IAG Performance for always being there to help when I'm down. SCCA for being my gateway into Motorsports.
All of my friends were met through our love for cars. The motorsports community (in particular, Road Courses and auto Cross) has introduced me to some of the best people I have ever known. My life wouldn't be even close to the same if it wasn't for those people. The car scene has literally brought me my entire life, Friends, hobbies, and career... I eat, sleep, live and breathe cars, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Porsche GT3 RS. One day I will have one, and race it...one day. It's such a piece of art. Looks, sound, handling, speed, agility. It IS the total package.
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