The 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity race is going to a helluva lot more fun that the previous years, because this year instead of a Scion tC the participants are going to get a race-prepared Scion FR-S sports car. Save a few minor changes, the racing cars are pretty much factory standard.
The racing version of Scion FR-S features a stripped-out interior fitted with Recaro racing seats and racing harness, plus a roll cage. The chassis is slightly upgraded too, with adjustable coilover suspension and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) 18-inch wheels.
TRD also provides a cold air intake system which boosts the output of the flat-four engine to 210 Ps. Hawk Performance brake pads are also part of the package. Alright, so it is not that stock.
These seemingly small changes will definitely make the FR-S much more desirable to drive than it already is. You can get most of these parts (well, no the roll cage probably) for your standard FR-S and make it more awesome.
“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 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.