Potential Realized: Inline Racing's Boosted FR-S

Article by Travis Wolcott. Photography by Corey Davis & Cooper Naitove
To many driving enthusiasts, rear-wheel drive represents the ideal layout for a sports car. It's much easier to get a nicely balanced car, both in terms of weight distribution and chassis potential. It allows the front tires to get on with the job of steering and stopping the car, and sending the power to the rear, where it can be dealt with more effectively. Recently, rear-wheel drive has been found primarily in up-market sports cars and has been under threat in the mainstream due to the cost and packaging advantages of front-wheel drive. Toyota and Subaru have brought RWD back within reach of most enthusiasts with their joint venture, creating the Scion FR-S, the Subaru BRZ, and in Japan, the GT86. These triplets have reintroduced the masses to the joys of RWD handling at an attractive price. The platform itself has proven capable of much, much more.
When it was announced that the FR-S and BRZ were going to hit the streets, the buzz started immediately. Many new owners of these cars looked at them as alternatives to the beloved Supras, which are getting harder and harder to find unmodified and at a reasonable budget. People loved the look and handling of the compact, lightweight sports car, but it became clear that if left alone it was going to have one weak spot—power. Our first impression of the FR-S was a good one. The seating position is excellent. The steering wheel feels great and is adjustable for both tilt and reach. The shifter has the same wonderfully positive feel as the STI. The combination of well-placed pedals and the small, light engine made rev matching a breeze. The balance of the car is spot-on, and the weighty, accurate steering makes it easy to put the car where you want it. It has a very confidence-inspiring chassis, and I think it would make a great coaching car to teach the art of high-performance driving. The car is exciting to drive out of the box, but now it's time to kick it up a notch.
Inline Racing has taken advantage of this potential and unlocked what they feel is now the best of all worlds with the introduction of their very own turbo system utilizing a Garrett 60-1 turbo. Utilizing their own intake, exhaust components, and a huge front-mounted intercooler, the first kit for their 2013 Scion FR-S put down a very respectable 280whp on just 5 pounds of boost. Not bad for just "slapping” some parts on a 2 liter. With some much needed tuning, Inline eventually brought that number up to 328 hp and 247 ft lb of torque. The engine, it seems, is also a great starting place for tuning. Inline Racing says there is always room for more improvement . . . "There is always room for more power, but for the average person 280-300whp should be more than enough fun.”
The Inline Racing FR-S also has a brace of suspension and appearance modifications to help it get down on track and stand out at a show. To help it tackle any road or track, they fit Megan Racing Street coilovers and some much needed Rota Grid wheels that are much wider than stock. Brembos lurk within the new wheels to rein in the extra power. With careful attention paid to these components, Inline Racing has ensured that this already capable chassis can handle the extra power. This FR-S has plenty of JDM touches, from the subtle GT86 badges to the super aggressive Bride seats. Some carbon fiber trim and a sporty Momo steering wheel help to complete the racy theme. Expect to see more carbon fiber body panels soon.
The FR-S, BRZ, and GT86 represent not just a popular sport compact family but also the return of a once dominant attitude toward performance cars. We are seeing the results of the community's excitement toward the platform, and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. I'd expect to see these cars competing on every stage, from road racing to autocross. I would not be at all surprised if sanctioning bodies like the SCCA and NASA introduced a Spec FR-S/BRZ class for competition. If the power potential really is up to and beyond 500 wheel horsepower, it could be a force to be reckoned with in drag racing, land speed events, and drifting as well. The real excitement is in the car's potential to spawn a number of different approaches to going fast. It will be easy to add power or reduce weight. It will accept turbochargers or superchargers, and I'm sure we will see greater interest from established tuners and enthusiasts. Lightweight, rear-wheel drive, with responsive handling and huge power potential: these are the things enthusiasts dream about. If you make it affordable, it's no longer a dream.
Inline Racing's Turbocharged Scion FR-S At a Glance
Name: Lana
2013 Scion FR-S
6-Speed Manual
Engine Performance
Inline Racing Turbo Kit (Garrett 60-1 w/ Stage 3 wheel)
ILR Turbo Intake w K&N CF Filter
ILR 3" Downpipe
ILR 3" Overpipe
ILR 3" Cat-Back Single Exit Exhaust
ILR Small Battery and Oil Catch Can Kit
ILR Intercooler Piping
Extreme Turbo Systems Custom Front Mount Intercooler
HKS EVC Electronic Boost Controller
Kartboy Shifter Bushing
Megan Racing Street Coilovers
Turn In Concept Steering Rack Busings
18" Rota Grids
Front 18x8.5 +44
Rear 18x9.5 +38
Custom Black Housing Headlights
Spyder Black Housing Taillights (custom painted red)
JDM Toyota "T" Badges
JDM Toyota Clear Sidemarkers
JDM Toyota "86 Pistion" Fender Badges
JDM Toyota Rear Deck Spoiler
Seibon Carbon Fiber KC Front Lip
Seibon Carbon Fiber TA Side Skirts
Seibon Carbon Fiber KC Rear Lips
Blox Black Extended Lug Nuts
4-Piston Front Brembo Brakes
Power Slot Slotted Front Rotors
Perrin 4" Short Antenna
Blox FR-S Red Shifter
JDM TRD Push Start Button
NRG Short Hub
NRG Quick Relese
Momo Steering Wheel
Bride Maxis III Seats
Pioneer BH3400 Double Din Radio


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Great article! Thanks for the feature on my car.

Roseann wolcott5/3/2013

Looks like a winner,

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I love how this car looks. Such a great build. I'd have to roll with a BRZ though, being a Subaru guy!