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Chris Basselgia's "Minty FReSh" Tuning Kit for 2013 Scion FR-S
You may remember this sexy Scion FR-S from the 2012 SEMA Show. It brought Chris Basselgia of Lebanon, PA, the main trophy in the 2012 Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge. However, there were so many FR-S's showcased at the latest SEMA in Las Vegas, that we think the Minty FreSh (that's the nickname of Mr. Basselgia's creation) did not get the attention it deserves.
In this post we'd like to go over the project details and show you some of the best photos of the mint fresh Scion we found on the Web.
The car obviously got its nickname from the BASF R-M Onyx HD Fresh Mint waterborne color scheme, which is alone enough to make the minty FReSh stand out in a crowd. Not a single part of the base FR-S was left untouched. Chris began with installing a lip kit on the front end complemented by a shaved center grille and a smoothed rain tray over the hood. On the rear end, you can find tinted tail lights and a diffusor with a metal insert for two exhaust exits in the center. The subtle exterior upgrades include a set of Rotiform Super Concave 3-Piece SNA wheels wrapped in BASF R-M Onyx matte Root Beer finish with a polished lip, measuring in at 19-by-9.5 inches on the front and 19-by-10 inches on the rear axle.
When it comes to the drivetrain enhancements, the standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine in the FR-S was souped up with an IAG Performance billet aluminum intake manifold paired to an Eaton M62 roots supercharger. No numbers were provided, but we estimate this setup to make out somewhere in the 275-horsepower and 260-pound-feet range. Stock suspension received minimal changes as this area is one of the FR-S's biggest bragging rights.
The main feature of the interior is distressed leather trim with black ostrich leather inserts. An IAG titanium shifter knob and a Nardi wood grain steering wheel give the FR-S a classic look inside. The visual upgrades are completed with a juicy sound system powered by a separate Optima yellow-top battery.
Chris Basselgia did an excellent job with his Minty FreSh and the win is totally deserved. Do you agree?
Image sources: JapaneseSportCars.com, MaydayGarage.com