|Brand new virginal 2007 Scion TC awaits its fate, to be sacrificed to the gods of speed|
|We made short order of disemboweling the car on the alter of speed, Squeamish street car lovers should avert their eyes|
Now adding a turbocharger or supercharger would be nice but this would add to many penalty points and would push the car into a class where it probably would not be competitive unless Dan could come up with a huge budget, so the decision was made to stay naturally aspirated. Staying NA would also allow Dan to compete in USTCC and other racing series if he wanted to. Since he was recently crowed NASA TT F national champion and had a good placing in a highly publicized Time Attack event in a sub standard car, Dan put out feelers for factory support from Scion. Scion and TRD agreed to help Dan with a brand new 2007 Scion tC with a gaggle of TRD and OEM genuine parts! This was to be the First Wheel-to-Wheel Road Race Scion tC to Compete in a National Series. Upon receiving the tC, we proceeded to destroy it as a street car. The weak stomached should not proceed further than this.
|The dash was a major bitch to get out intact. It had to stay pristine because this is one piece that we will have to reinstall after the cage is done as there are point penalties for its removal|
Weight is the enemy of any racecar. Loosing weight is more important than gaining power as weight hurts acceleration, braking and cornering. It was time to put Project tC on a serious diet. A bad thing about the tC as a race car is that it had a huge glass roof with a motorized panel. Although this is an exceedingly slick deal on the street, its 80 lbs of weight located as high in the car as possible puts the weight in the worst possible place to screw up handling.
We removed this panel along with the entire interior of the car in a scary deconstruction session. Tons of brand new interior parts were hauled off to the dumpster. In all, the car probably lost over 300 lbs. We used the standard dry ice treatment to make the interior melt sheet sound deadening brittle so it could be chipped away.