Scion will enter its FR-S into the 2013 Drift Mania Canadian Championship

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Scion's 2013 FR-S sport coupe will soon be available in Canadian dealerships after years of iterations as a concept vehicle. With its relatively light weight, impressive handling and rear-wheel drive layout, the FR-S draws inspiration from the AE86 Corolla of the 1980s, which was created by Scion's parent company, Toyota. Like the AE86, the FR-S is especially adept at drifting, a Japanese style of motorsport in which cars intentionally oversteer through the corners of a circuit such that the vehicle "drifts" from corner to corner.

In a recent announcement that will surely excite enthusiasts of both the FR-S and Canadian drifting, Scion Canada has revealed that it will enter its FR-S into the Drift Mania Canadian Championship (DMCC) next season. Scion's team will be led by Pat Cyr, a professional drifter from Mississauga, Ontario who is already quite popular due in large part to his exciting driving style as well as the car he drives: an AE86 Toyota Corolla. Cyr is an accomplished drifter who has competed in the Xtreme Drift Circuit, Formula Drift and Street Life Tour in addition to the Drift Mania Canadian Championship.

"We're thrilled to be supporting grassroots racing in Canada through our involvement with Pat Cyr and his Cyrious Drift team – one of the top teams in the game," said Larry Hutchinson, Senior Executive Director, Scion Canada. "With his passion for the AE86, Pat has a deep appreciation for how that heritage shines through in the FR-S. He'll have a lot of fun building his FR-S drift car this year and racing it next year."

Although Cyr's forthcoming FR-S drift racer will likely be heavily modified, the 2013 FR-S is already quite sporting in stock form. Peak output is rated at 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque from the Scion's horizontally-opposed, direct-injected four-cylinder boxer engine. The engine comes mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic that can be controlled with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Scion's use of a front-mounted horizontally opposed engine with a rear-wheel-drive configuration is one shared with its counterparts the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ. Scion says that this setup allows the engine to be mounted mid-ship of the vehicle and low down in the body, making for a front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47. Scion also claims that the FR-S has a centre of gravity so low it's comparable to some exotic supercars, though specific names aren't mentioned.

The FR-S is hunkered down over lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and features ventilated disc brakes at all four wheels. Suspension components include MacPherson struts at the front and double-wishbones at the back.

More details about the 2013 FR-S are available at, while information about Pat Cyr and the DMCC can be found at and respectively.
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Topics: Scion, 2013, FR-S, Drift, Pat Cyr,

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