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

February 7, 2013

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 37(th) 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 37(th) 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 16(th) 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.


    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

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

    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


    Transmission                                          6-speed manual with Redline MTL synthetic transmission fluid

    Differential                                          Limited-slip differential

    Clutch                                                Centerforce single-disc racing clutch


    Chassis                                               Unibody

    Body                                                  Scion FR-S

    Steering                                              Rack-and-pinion

    Graphics                                              Vinyl graphics by Hukill Paint and Graphics


    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                                                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


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


    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: PR Newswire