2014 Formula Drift Tech Day – Part Two
Of all the makes and models that swarmed over the parking lots of Source Interlink Media and their child companies; Import Tuner, Super Street, and Modified Magazine for their 2014 Formula Drift Tech Day, few were as numerous as the recently released Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ (or Toyota GT86 if you’re looking for the Australian/European/Asian counterparts). This explosion of popularity in the new ZN6 platform has generated a very diverse sub-culture in the import community, and no two FRS’ or BRZ’s carry quite the same aura about them.
Emerging trends ranging from exotic wheel color/combinations to aggressive front lips and carbon fiber aero accessories were found sprinkled across a wide variety of different builds at the show.
Our personal favorites(although, we’re probably being a bit biased here) were the few Yospeed center console plaques, as well as a large number of FRS86 plaques we found sitting comfortably in their center consoles, decorating the interior of many of the FR-S’ and BRZ’s we scouted.
Read along as we go through many of the various styles and trends emerging in the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ community, many of which made their way to the 2014 Formula Drift Tech Day over the past weekend.
Argento Silver Scion FR-S
Black on silver never goes out of style.
Sometimes, all you need to make a car your own is one or two personal touches, like this APR front lip.
And sometimes, who cares how your car looks as long as it plants a big smile on your face when you’re wringing every last bit of horsepower out of it at the track? I can’t say for sure since we didn’t get the opportunity to meet the owner, but judging by the copious amounts of brake dust on the wheels, I imagine this FR-S has “seen some serious shit”.
Firestorm Red Scion FR-S
Firestorm, one of my favorite colors, seemed to be in short supply at the show. Thankfully, this FRS was able to give me my fix.
Whiteout Scion FR-S / Satin White Pearl BRZ
Another excellent display of how just a few simple additions can really make a car your own.
Front splitters and lip kits seem to be the perfect solution to either the BRZ or FR-S front-end this year. It’s hard to complain when it looks so good.
This one wouldn’t stop staring at me.
The equivalent of an angler fish in the automotive world. This FR-S entices it’s victims with it’s bright lantern then consumes them whole. It’s a terrifying sight.
World Rally Blue Pearl Subaru BRZ
Subaru Technica International badges adorn every facet of this BRZ. One quick look and you’ll instantly fall in love with the multi-spoked wheels and slightly more mature lines of this car.
Split five spoke wheels are timeless, and this BRZ is living proof of that. Perfectly squared and sitting at just the right height.
Sponsors? Oh yeah. We’ve got plenty of those. I really wanted to see under the hood of this BRZ, but time didn’t for allow it, so I suppose just the exterior will have to do until we cross paths again.
Hot Lava Orange Scion FR-S
Many would debate whether this is the sexiest Hot Lava FR-S around, but no one can contest that the owner of this car isn’t the sexiest man alive.
Some say that it’s impossible for him to wear socks, and he can open a beer bottle with his testes. All we know is he’s called Jofel Tolosa.
Another fine example of how Hot Lava can look good even when it’s mostly stock. Even without a drop or wheels this scrappy little monster looks like it wouldn’t have any trouble proving itself at the track.
Raven Black & Asphalt Grey Scion FR-S
Huge spoilers aren’t easy to justify, but this FR-S(or should we call it a GT86 since it’s sporting a Toyota badge?) seems to do just fine, complimenting it with meaty tires and a lovely exhaust note.
Gorgeous. Not much else needs to be said here.
Different strokes for different folks. Purple headlights will definitely set you apart from the crowd. It’s not easy to spot at this angle, but the owner compliments the headlights with a gorgeous interior accent as well.
Now this is a finely tuned machine. Eibach Springs paired up with WedsSports to keep it grounded, along with aggressive body-styling and a turbo to boot? Not a bad way to spend ten-thousand dollars(or much less than that, judging by all the sponsor decals). This thing is eye-candy on wheels.
The only thing more pleasing than this cars appearance was it’s owner. Great individual who clearly cares about the community he’s engaged in. I look forward to seeing this build again in the future!
This is about as subtle as you can get, but even a re-badge can alter a cars personality.
This dark grey metallic Subaru BRZ takes the subtle approach on the exterior and gets wild under the hood – not unlike that cute girl in the office who you catch every once in a while with a bright pink thong hidden under her business skirt.
Carbon, with carbon, and more carbon. You can never be too light.
The Odd Men Out
Baby blue with a very intriguing mustard-bronze finish on it’s wheels. Excellent street-build in what appears to be the early stages of development.
OEM can be great, but taking it one step further with the right matte finish can really set you apart from the crowd. That’s a definite plus when your car is one of the most popular model around.
Is there such a thing as being “too clean”? Probably not. Even the license plate on this 10 Series FR-S is very minimal – with the carbon fiber lip and polished lip wheels creating perfect contrast with the paint color.
Clean and simple. A good pair of wheels and tires are all you need with a paint job with that much personality.
I don’t even know what to begin calling this color. It looks like a color you’d find on a deep sea creature responsible for downing various sea faring vessels in the 1800’s. The Young brothers certainly know how to create an attractive build, and they’re even better at spreading their immensely popular FRS86 brand across every FR-S we spot!
At this point we’re finally starting to close in on finishing our coverage of the 2014 Formula Drift Tech Day, but stay tuned because we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeves and a few incredible builds that we’ve saved for last.
Check back soon for part three, and thank you to all the wonderful owners who took the time to bring out their builds to share it with the rest of the Southern California automotive community!
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