LAS VEGAS -- About three months ago, officials at Toyota’s Scion brand handed a 2013 Scion FR-S and a check for $15,000 to three custom-car builders and told them to come up with something special.
It was a pretty simple idea. The designs, though, are anything but simple.
Scion revealed the winner of the $10,000 Tuner Challenge this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show.
The winner, built by Chris Basselgia of Lebanon, Pa., was named Minty FReSh because of its unique paint job. The FR-S has a customized sleek body with a molded duck bill spoiler, smoked headlights and race mirrors. The interior of the car was designed in a root beer-colored distressed leather and black ostrich.
One of the runners-up is Daniel Song of Orange County and his FR-S GT. The all-black Batmobile-esque car is covered in a carbon fiber wrap and fitted with a custom wide body kit and large rear spoiler. The interior is completely gutted to give the appearance of being an all-out race car.