Category: Turbo & Superchargers

The HKS Racing Performer 86 driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi

The HKS Racing Performer 86 driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi

HKS of Japan has released its Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S Supercharger kit which will join the few available forced induction kits available for this car. Last year HKS USA shut its doors due to slowing sales in America, but the Japanese manufacturer is still in business and proudly boasts a line of tuning products for the Toyota 86 platform. The Toyota 86, Scion FR-S HKS supercharger will still be available in the USA but instead of through a dedicated HKS distributor, the unit can be special ordered from a few outlets in the USA that have Japanese connections.

The HKS Supercharger fits Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86

The HKS Supercharger fits Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86

The Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 HKS Supercharger has been making the rounds on highly tuned sports cars including the HKS Racing Performer 86 driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi in the D1 Drift Championships, as well as the Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S that made its debut at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas. These two vehicles have been giving the Scion FR-S and Toyota 86 an unprecedented amount of real world exposure to the rigors and horsepower demands of track and drift racing.

Dyno Chart for Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 HKS Supercharger

Dyno Chart for Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 HKS Supercharger

The numbers: The base line horse power and torque of the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 is 153whp and 128 ft lbs of torque. The HKS supercharger is showing an increase in horsepower to 225 while torque increases to 182. These numbers appear to be in line with the recently released Scion FR-S Vortech Supercharger, however we are still awaiting the release of the dyno charts on that supercharger. The pricing of the Scion FR-S, Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ HKS Supercharger vary in the US due to import costs, but we are seeing prices from only a few online dealers at this point, ranging from $5999 from Bodykitz, $6000 from Guerilla Racing, and $6199 from FRSport.

How the HKS Compares with other forced induction kits: Currently there are only a few other forced induction kits on the market, as mentioned before the Scion FR-S Vortech supercharger is being released this month and commands between $4200 and $5500 for the “tuner” and “complete kits. The Vortech supercharger kit seems to be more geared towards casual tuning enthusiasts to mid level racing and drifting, and the price hits that mark well and will be a serious competitor to the HKS kit. Pricing and availability will certainly mean the HKS kit will be upsold by the Vortech, however HKS always will bring out the purists and JDM fans so those willing to wait a month or so to import. As shown on the HKS & Evasive motorsports project vehicles, the HKS supercharger is designed for complex tuning and absolute high performance.

The Greddy Tuner Turbo kit is still in development as of the writing of this article therefore we do not have sufficient data or pricing to make an accurate comparison between the two at this time. We imagine that HKS will be in competition on two fronts from each manufacturer.

HKS Parts Linup for Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ: HKS is currently manufacturing a complete line of aftermarket performance and tuning parts for the Toyota 86 platform. Among these items are the Legamax series of exhausts, Hipermax suspension, Racing Suction Loaded intake systems, HKS Oil Filters, head gasket and oil filter kits.

Click here to see the complete HKS Toyota 86, Scion FR-S Parts Lineup.

Daniel Song's Scion FR-S GT With a Vortech Supercharger

Daniel Song’s Scion FR-S GT With a Vortech Supercharger

Vortech Superchargers is set to release their much anticipated Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Supercharger Kit starting March 15, 2013. This kit has been prominently displayed on the 2012 Scion Tuners Challenge 3rd place finisher, Daniel Song’s Scion FR-S GT and several other vehicles making the rounds at the automotive shows. The Vortech Supercharger kit will come in two variants, the Vortech Tuner Supercharger Kit for $4299 and the Vortech Complete Supercharger Kit for $5699.

The Scion FR-S Vortech Supercharger comes in two packages, a "Tuner" and "Complete" kit.

The Scion FR-S Vortech Supercharger comes in two packages, a “Tuner” and “Complete” kit.

Both kits will come with the Supercharger, Intercooler, all applicable piping, housing and couplers, belts, pulleys and miscellaneous attachement hardware. The difference between the “Tuner” and “Complete” kit will be the fuel management and tuning, with both assigned to the later package. The Tuner package makes a nice entry level supercharger kit and allows for customization and upgrading at will, while the Complete supercharger kit completes the product lineup with a calibration unit and all necessary fuel components.

The Scion FR-S Vortech Supercharger blends well with the stock engine components.

The Scion FR-S Vortech Supercharger blends well with the stock engine components.

Vortech is an innovative leader in the force induction market with a wide array of Supercharger kits for various sport compact vehicles, domestic ‘muscle’ cars and SUV’s. Vortech Supercharger kits are designed with optimal hardware and exacting specifications for fitment and performance. One of the best features of Vortech Supercharger kits, particularly in its relevance to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, is the ‘stock’ looking matte black finish that keeps with the original look and feel of the look under the hood. Many of the superchargers and turbo kits on the market use polished piping, colored housing and unfinished metal components that seem to give off a cheap look. With the Vortex Supercharger, the kit blends in well with the stock parts and seems to exude a more confidence inspiring look, of course this is subjective to the user.

Under the hood of the Vortech Scion FR-S Show Car.

Under the hood of the Vortech Scion FR-S Show Car.

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ supercharger kits are manufactured in an OEM fashion with many specifications made to meet or exceed those of the factory itself. These Superchargers are designed to meet the balance of high performance and real world driving conditions as well as to meet emissions standards on most models. The Vortech Supercharger kits are designed to give a massive horsepower upgrade to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ without compromising quality or user friendliness. The Scion FR-S Vortech Tuner kit is a great product that allows tuners a wide range of upgrade possibilities by leaving fuel management kits out of the equation for custom upgrading per the customers desire. The complete kits are designed more as a ‘turn key’ option for the common enthusiast looking for some serious horsepower without having to delve head on into a complex set up.

The Scion FR-S Vortech Superchager uses OEM quality or better materials for a confidence inspiring product.

The Scion FR-S Vortech Superchager uses OEM quality or better materials for a confidence inspiring product.

Power: We are still awaiting some dyno charts showing the horsepower gains on base models, however we are expecting to see somewhere in the range of a 20-30% increase.

Other details: The installation time of the Scion FR-S & Subaru BRZ Vortech Supercharger kit is estimated at 5-6 hours. The type of supercharger used in the Scion FR-S supercharger kit is ‘centrifugal’. The Vortech supercharger kit uses an innovative design that retains the stock ram air intake from the front of the grill area and feeds air into the intake box provided by Vortech and located in the same area as the factory air box.

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The GPRM Scion FR-S, Toyota 86

The GPRM Scion FR-S, Toyota 86

GPRM has created the first Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 (GT86) to be raced in the European GT4 Cup series. The GT4 series is an amateur auto racing series designated as the least powerful of the European GT 1-4 classes, and features vehicles such as the Nissan 370z, Nissan 350z, Porsche 997 and Cayman, Lotus Elise, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Camaro, BMW M3 and Z4, Mazda Mx5 and Aston Martin Vantage. All vehicles in this series are ‘equalized’ by being tuned by the manufactures and audited by the organization Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Once the vehicles have been modified and tuned to the exacting specifications, the vehicle owners, teams and manufacturers cannot modify it.

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GPRM Ltd is a specialty automotive engineering company that fine tunes vehicles for track use and will embark on this project to manufacture a relatively low cost GP4 race ready Scion FR-S/Toyota 86. GPRM will be teaming up with engine specialists Nicholson McLaren to develop the boxer engine to be used in this vehicle. The engine will be equipped with Turbochargers and tuned to put out approximately betwen 360 to 400 bhp. The designers are confident that this vehicle will be highly competitive in the GT4 category and have already started taking orders. This vehicle should be finalized for approval by the FIA and allow racing for the 2014 season.

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The body work of the GPRM Toyota 86/Scion FR-S will be equipped with a sleek looking wide body kit that retains some of the stock body lines, air ducts and front brakes. The front view of the GPRM Toyota 86 shows the wider fender flares and quarter panels that allow for a lower and wider stance, developed to help the vehicle corner at higher speeds. The front hood is held down by Aerocatch flushmount hood pins, the industry standard for panel securing devices. The rear bumper retains the stock diffuser and the side skirts, front bumper and rear bumper are relatively void of unnecessary curves, vents or other styling. The vehicle still looks amazingly sharp in design, as if just a beefier version of the stock body work. The rear spoiler is a GT style wing that will add downforce to the vehicle.

The interior of the vehicle will feature a full range of race track safety features including a full roll cage, seat belt harnesses and harness mounts, stripped out interior and upgraded racing bucket seats.

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With so much emphasis on track performance, the Scion FR-S/Toyota 86 has enjoyed the adaptability for so many racing applications and the GT4 class is nothing short of expected. This vehicle will be a great addition to the class and will provide a more cost efficient vehicle for racers to use while adding yet another great vehicle to the GT4 series. The Scion FR-S and Toyota 86 have become such prominent vehicles in so many different types of track racing and drifting.

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The Greddy Tuner Turbo Kit for Scion FR-S

The Greddy Tuner Turbo Kit for Scion FR-S

Greddy, one of the worlds top performance and tuning parts manufacturers, has announced the Scion FR-S Tuner Turbo Kit. This turbo kit features a T518Z -10cm2 actuator turbo with intercooler, exhaust manifold, piping, air filter and all couplers and hardware. Greddy is an industry leader in building bolt on turbo kits for use on many of todays top tuning vehicles including the Nissan 350 and 370Z, Scion TC, Toyota Supra, Honda Civic and Toyota MR2. Greddy also builds turbo upgrade kits for the vehicles such as the Mitsubishi EVO, Nissan Skyline and Mazda RX7.

Greddy has extensive experience in the Turbocharging realm, with their own Scion Racing FR-S piloted by Ken Gushi in the drift series featuring a Greddy Turbo that brings the vehicles horsepower to over 500. Just a note, the Ken Gushi Scion FR-S actually uses an EJ25 Subaru engine, but gives a good indication of the possibilities with the upcoming Greddy Scion FR-S Turbo kit.

Greddy's T518Z Tuner Turbo Kit

Greddy’s T518Z Tuner Turbo Kit

The Greddy Tuner Turbo kits are designed to give users the maximum horsepower per dollar. These Stage II turbo kits utilize larger turbochargers and piping but leave fuel upgrade tuning to the enthusiast to custom adjust. Pricing has not yet been set for the Scion FR-S Tuner Turbo kit by Greddy but we are estimating this kit to be in the $3900 range.

The HKS Centrifugal Supercharger for the Scion FR-S.

The HKS Centrifugal Supercharger for the Scion FR-S.

We get a lot of questions regarding a Turbo or a Supercharger for the Scion FR-S and it’s availability from Toyota or Subaru, as well as the after market turbo and supercharger kits and their effects on the warranty. I would like to answer some of the questions we get and maybe shed some light on this topic. This is being written as of Monday February 18, 2012, so we will try and update this as more kits become available, factory or aftermarket. Hopefully this page will help you evaluate more clearly if a Turbo or Supercharger is something that is applicable to your particular situation.

Question: What exactly is a Turbo or Supercharger and what can this do for my Scion FR-S?

Answer: A supercharger or turbo are engine components, also called ‘forced induction’, cause more air to be forced into the engine and mixed with fuel which results in greater engine horsepower. The stock Scion FR-S utilizes a 200 4 cylinder engine, by installing a forced induction unit, horsepower can be greatly increased by 20-30%.

The Griffon TRD Project Scion FR-S uses an naturally aspirated engine instead of a turbo, and can outperform a Ferrari 458.

The Griffon TRD Project Scion FR-S uses an naturally aspirated engine instead of a turbo, and can outperform a Ferrari 458.

Question: Does Scion, Toyota or Subaru have a turbo kit in the works for the Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ?

Answer: There has been much speculation that Subaru would release a Subaru BRZ STI equipped with a turbo, or one would be released from TRD (Toyota Racing Devlopment’s in house tuning department). As of now, nothing has been confirmed and there is nothing more than a rumor. In fact, the latest update from Subaru indicates that the forth coming Subaru BRZ will not be turbo or supercharged but have a lighter weight and stronger engine. It is unlikely that we will see a factory turbo our supercharger in the near future, if at all.

Question: If I install an aftermarket turbo or supercharger to my car, will it void the warranty?

Answer: Yes, it will void the factory power train and engine warranty.

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Question: What aftermarket Scion FR-S Turbo and Superchargers are currently available?

Answer: At the Tokyo Auto Salon there were several vehicles (Toyota 86) fitted with custom turbochargers. As of right now there are no commercially available Scion FR-S turbo kits however Greddy is in development of the Scion FR-S Tuner Turbo Kit. A prototyped version with intercooler has been custom built for Ken Gushi’s Scion Racing/Greddy FR-S. There are currently at least 3 supercharger kits on the market specifically built for the Scion FR-S from HKS, Innovative and Vortech.

Question: What kind of investment in my vehicle would it take to move to a forced induction system?

Answer: At this time it is difficult to determine the cost of Turbo since there are no readily available Scion FR-S Turbo kits. Custom applications can be excessive but again it is difficult to estimate costs on this type of a project. As for the 3 available Scion FR-S superchargers, kits run from $3500-6600. Installation ranges depending on shop rates and skill levels, plus custom intake and exhausts for higher air flow, and tuning/dyno runs. The total cost for a supercharger installation could easily start at around $5500 and easily reach $10,000.

The Vortech Supercharger, installed on the Scion FR-S, blends well with the stock engine components.

The Vortech Supercharger, installed on the Scion FR-S, blends well with the stock engine components.

Question: Of the forced induction systems available on the market for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, which do you recommend and why?

Answer: The Scion FR-S Vortech Supercharger seems to be the weapon of choice for domestically tuned Scion FR-S show cars that we have seen, such as the Daniel Song Scion FR-S GT that took 3rd place in the Scion Tuners Challenge. This product demonstrates the high quality craftsmanship we have come to know from the industry leader in superchargers. We are also optimistic about the Greddy Turbo, coming from an established company that has years of track dominance under its belt. For hard core tuners, the HKS may be a great option but there is no longer a US HKS distributor so you will have to work with an importer to acquire one.

Greddy's T518Z Tuner Turbo Kit

Greddy’s T518Z Tuner Turbo Kit

Question: What other options would you recommend for Scion FR-S tuners looking for a significant increase in power without having to resort to the excessive costs of installing a supercharger or custom turbo system?

Answer: There are many options for tuners to increase performance of their Scion FR-S without having to dedicate large sums of money. Installing a supercharger or turbo is an ‘all-in’ type of investment that requires an extremely large amount of money, rather than a car being built up in segments to achieve the goals of the individual tuner. For a sponsored racer or a tuner with a vast amount of money to invest, a forced induction option might be attainable. But for the vast majority of enthusiasts with budget constraints, not to mention concerns about a factory warranty, other options must be available.

The Toyota Griffon TRD 86 that we reviewed a few months back is the perfect example of the potential of the naturally aspirated Scion FR-S. The Griffon TRD utilized extensive carbon fiber to reduce the weight of the vehicle, while adding performance modifications such as exhaust and intake. In the end, this vehicle was able to outperform a Ferrari 458 lap time at Tsukuba Circuit in Japan. This shows that the importance of power to weight ratio has a great impact on the overall performance of the car.

A Scion FR-S exhaust system is a basic bolt on modification that will add horsepower and reduce some weight.

A Scion FR-S exhaust system is a basic bolt on modification that will add horsepower and reduce some weight.

Basic Bolt On Performance: We would recommend starting out by the most basic bolt on performance accessories that will give you the most dollar per horsepower, these two upgrades are the most common, least expensive and easy to install. A Scion FR-S exhaust system will reduce weight and free up additional horsepower by increasing the size of the piping that allows exhaust to flow out of the vehicles engine. And just as an exhaust helps to be less restrictive on exhaust leaving the vehicle, a Scion FR-S air intake will help to get more air into the engine itself (the concept behind a turbo is forced air induction, while an air intake will just help to maximize free flowing air, thus more horsepower).

Carbon Fiber Parts can help to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle.

Carbon Fiber Parts can help to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle.

Lighten Up the Vehicle: To lighten the vehicle up, carbon fiber can be used to replace the stock panels. Typically a carbon fiber hood is one of the first products used because of the ease of install and the substantial weight difference between a metal and carbon hood. The Scion FR-S carbon fiber hoods on the market do not provide quite the weight advantage of some of the older tuning vehicles because of the use of an aluminum hood, however there are also styling and air induction benefits (for vented hoods) that can be taken into consideration, as well as ‘dry’ carbon fiber for those seeking to maximize power to weight. Dry carbon is expensive to manufacture and therefore purchase, however when trying to offset weight, all options are on the table due to the much higher costs of force induction set ups. The Scion FR-S carbon fiber trunk does shave a noticeable amount of weight from the rear of the vehicle, and for people looking to maximize weight savings, other parts such as Fenders and Roof Panels can be removed and replaced with carbon variants. Again, dry carbon will maximize weight savings but are more expensive parts than the ‘wet laid’ counter parts. Lastly, many of the tuning wheels on the market are designed to be much lighter weight than stock, and due to the rotational properties of wheels, a lb saved off the wheels equals two pounds off the car when acceleration is considered. Also, FRP (fiberglass) bumper replacement kits will typically be slightly lighter than stock urethane bumpers, but careful consideration should be made as FRP parts are less durable than stock bumpers.

Modifying your Scion FR-S for more power can be a fun and gradual project for any tuner. Turbo applications are great but also think of the alternatives and what will suit your needs best.