Motovicity Ticket to Ride – Scion FR-S Build Part 1
by Martin Gonzales
We are now nearing the end of our coverage of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride builds, but before we get to the results of our back to back shootout between the Ticket to Ride cars and their stock counterparts, we will take you through one more build. This time we make a stop in Alpharetta, GA to see how the team at SpeedForSale Motorsports was doing with their new 2013 Scion FR-S. The techs at SpeedForSale Motorsports are usually wrenching on chassis' like the MK4 Supra or R35 GT-R, so bolting on some performance to the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Scion FR-S should be a walk in the park.
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It's no secret the Scion FR-S is a beautifully handling vehicle from the factory, but we all know where its major deficiencies lay…in the horsepower department! One easy way to ensure better performance over a stock FR-S is to simply add power and move on, but the goals of the Ticket to Ride cars are a bit more involved. The Ticket to Ride cars are meant to be all around street/track performers. Therefore the tests your Nerd Herd will be performing on them will involve much more than just going fast in a straight line. So attention must be focused in the handling, braking and reliability departments as well.
We begin the quest for a dual purpose FR-S that can perform comfortably on the street as well as the occasional canyon run or autocross, with a set of Eibach Pro Street-S coilovers (part# 82105.711). The beauty of these units is that aside being stout performers. The durable all weather stainless steel body will ensure years of rust/corrosion free use.
The Eibach shock has a much shorter body than stock, which will allows us to lower the vehicle without having to worry about the loss of suspension travel. The Eibach coilover system can lower your FR-S/BRZ anywhere from 0.8″ all the way down to 3″ lower than stock. For those of you who like the “slammed” look you''ll be pleasantly surprised to learn the Eibach Pro-Street coilovers incorporate microcellular urethane (MCU) bumpstops. MCU bumpstops are progressive and help keep the car stable during “bottoming” situations.
The stock upper spring mount for the front shocks must be reused with the Eibach coilovers unless you plan to run camber plates. Either way, the shaft and upper spring perch on the Eibachs will work with the stock upper spring mount.