01 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

Sometimes a particular vehicle platform just speaks to us, and that was certainly the case for Michael Torino. The moment he saw the GT86 platform make its debut, something about the car was calling to him. When it came time to pick up a car to start building upon, the 2014 Scion FR-S was destined to be his first choice.

03 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

Having helped his father on his previous build, Torino went into his FR-S build with a bit of experience, and a lot of inspiration. With some experience under his belt, he started working. His FR-S was the first car he really built, so it was important for him to take his time and get everything right.

10 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

Getting the right wheel spec for his dimensions was a new science for Torino, so he got some help from friends in order to get it just right. Originally building the car for shows, Torino went with a Varis body kit, carbon fiber hood, Spec D headlights, Valenti tail lights, custom graphics, and more, aiming to transform the exterior of the car to a neck-breaking rolling spectacle.

Now that he’s spent some time on the show circuit, he says that he feels obligated to track it – it is an 86 after all. His favorite modification has become the engine and its performance, even with just a GReddy air intake and UEL headers. It’s only a matter of time before Torino goes even farther with the engine and takes it to the track.

05 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

As his tastes continue to change, so will his car, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this FR-S to see where it ends up. Torino leaves aspiring enthusiasts with some parting words for their upcoming builds: “Build it how you imagine it in your head, and make it unique!” Wise words.

06 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

ESSENTIALS
Vehicle: 2014 Scion FR-S
Owner: Michael Torino
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Engine: Subaru FA20 2.0L H4
Club: Ark Movement / Car Physics

Social:
Facebook: Mike Torino
Instagram: @flp.drm

02 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

ENGINE
GReddy (air filter, intake)
Password:JDM hardware

07 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

EXHAUST
ISR Performance (dual exhaust, up-pipe, down-pipe, exhaust tip)
1320 UEL header

08 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES
F1R wheels – 18x9.5 +15 (f), 18x10 +15 (r)
Nankang tires – 245/40/18 (f), 265/40/18 (r)
Slotted rotors

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
ISR Performance coilovers
Ultra Racing USA strut bars

04 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

EXTERIOR
Varis body kit
Innovated Dynamics fenders
Seibon Carbon carbon fiber hood
VIS carbon fiber trunk
Spec D headlights
Valenti taillights
Hypnotic Teal paint
Custom Ark Movement graphics
DDM HID lights

11 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG 09 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

INTERIOR
In Focus (shift knob, shift boot)
DND Performance steering wheel
Braum Racing seats

12 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG 13 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

SPONSORS
Innovated Dynamics, Ultra Racing USA, Braum Racing, Rev Auto Supply, In Focus, DND Performance, Rovi Cam, R1 Concepts, HNRS

14 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

06 Michael Torino 2014 Scion FRS Tuner Battlegrounds PASMAG

More Vehicle Features

Family Affair: Samantha Plante's 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR

Clean and simple with just the right amount of "oomph", Samantha Plante's 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR definitely deserves the recognition. In the power department, WORKS Performance Brain Flash ECU upgrade and some Cosworth Power cams help the turbocharged 4G63…
Read More

Mission Impossible: Drift Rescue - Kiely Mackey's 2000 Nissan Silvia (S15) Spec R

Imagine it: someday in a not-to-distant future, a wily and wizened Tom Cruise leads an elite team of young specialists around the country to seek out and rescue long-lost JDM classics. They use their Google and technical skills to resuscitate…
Read More

Americans On The Touge: Is USDM The New JDM?

The newest Mustang platform is great. So great, in fact, that it’s making waves across the industry. Not since the introduction of the FR-S/BRZ/GT86 chassis has a sporty RWD platform made so much noise among enthusiasts. The combination of good…
Read More

Checkmate: GOTO Racing's 2009 Nissan GT-R

Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Travis Geny The reaction towards Nissan’s GT-R super car is still nothing short of impressive. In stock form, the powerful GT-R is already explosive, but in tuned form it’s proven itself unstoppable in…
Read More

Magic Trix: Kyle Mohan's 2009 Mazda RX-8

Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Andrew Jennings If you ask pro drifter Kyle Mohan how to get (and keep) a car sideways, his equation will always include rotary somewhere in it. Mazda is the only automaker still pumping…
Read More