20 April 2012
|Pit Boss Cartel iQ: 2012 Scion iQ|
These days when you go to a race track, it’s all about who has the coolest pit equipment. The trend started with little 50cc pit bikes, then it was tricked out golf carts and Rhinos, but now the boys over at CARTEL have completely changed the game with their Pit Boss Scion iQ. That’s right, they’ve turned Scion’s new micro car into the best pit cart the world has ever seen!
The first thing that catches your eye is the brilliant two-tone finish featuring House of Colors Electric Blue and black accented with hand-laid pinstriping. The second thing that you’ll notice is the roof, which has been removed to pay homage to generations of chop top lovers and mix in a little old school hot rod design with the new school micro car trend. The body work doesn’t end at the chopped top though, the doors were also chopped and capped and the side skirts were extended and molded together with the front and rear fenders to create a unique seamless look. All of the custom exterior panels were made with the utmost quality out of metal, another nod to hot rodding as most body work today is done using fiberglass or other composites.
Upon closer inspection of the body work, you’ll notice where this car starts to reveal just what makes it the ultimate pit support vehicle. Once you get around to the back of the car you’ll notice a Snap-on tool box custom-molded into the rear bumper, and yes, the drawers really do open and there really are tools in there. Not only do the drawers to the tool box open, but they open via remote actuator just in case you thought you might not already be the coolest guy on pit lane. The rear bumper area also houses a Snap-on tools floor jack.
As if the outside wasn’t cool enough, the inside is really worth checking out. You can’t help but notice the Alpine speakers and subwoofers adorning custom fabricated door and kick panels. The stereo system features two 10” Alpine subwoofers, six Alpine component speakers, and three Alpine amplifiers. The multitude of speakers sits amongst one of the best looking custom interiors we’ve ever seen. Every inch of the Scion’s interior is covered with black carbon fiber and Orion gray upholstery and even features a custom molded iPad dock which controls the entire vehicle through Red Eye Automation. This car is also a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot utilizing an AutoNet mobile device. A further inspection of the interior reveals more tools and pit equipment as well. Molded into the center console, you will find a spot for a Snap-on wireless impact gun, and further back you will find a set of jack stands and two spare tires and wheels. This car truly has everything you may need to perform a pit stop in style.
Surely you can’t go through all of this trouble to make the world’s coolest pit cart and not beef up the mechanics. Anyone who has ever lifted up a tool box full of tools or a floor jack knows these things aren’t lightweight, so to compensate CARTEL had to beef up the suspension. An AccuAir airbag suspension setup was chosen for the task. The airbags can support the extra weight while maintaining a comfortable ride and adding the ability to slam the car to the ground for even more style points. The car was also mini-tubbed in the rear in order to fit 19x9.5” Lorenzo WL028 wheels in the back wrapped in 265/30/19 Toyo Proxes 4 tires. The front also features Lorenzo WL208 wheels in a smaller 18x8” fitment wrapped in 215/35/18 Toyo Proxes tires. Wilwood was tasked with stopping the world’s coolest toolbox with a big brake kit featuring 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers and 12-inch rotors. The only part of this car not heavily modified was the engine and drivetrain, which features an upgraded ACT clutch and Torco oils. Who needs an upgraded engine though when pit lane speed limits are just 10mph?
VEHICLE: 2012 Scion iQ
BUILDERS: Jeremy Lookofsky (CARTEL KING), Pauly Rivera, Josh Villepigue & Abraham Rodriquez
LOCATION: Torrence, CA
Cartel Traditional Signature Series Chop Top
One Piece Welded Rocker & Side Panels
Doors Chopped & Capped
Custom Metal Fabrication Interior & Exterior Panels
House of Colors Electric Blue Base Paint
Custom Glass Front Window
Snap-on Tool Box Drawers & Tools
Black Carbon Fiber & Orion Grey Seats, Door Panels, Audio & Misc. Trim
Customs Audio Enclosures, Door Panels, & Modified Dash
Tire Rack & Roll Cage Pit Support
AccuAir Suspension / E Level Air Management Package
Mini Tub & Shortened Straight Axel
Rear Factory Suspension Points Re-Engineered and Located
• Front 18 x 8
• Rear 19x 9.5
Toyo Proxes 4
• Front 215/35 R18
• Rear 265/30 R19
• 6-piston front calipers in custom white
• 4-piston rear calipers in customer white
• 12-inch SRP drilled and slotted 2-piece front & rear rotors.
Alpine Audio PDX-F4 Amplifier (2 Units)
Alpine Audio PDX-M12 Amplifier
Alpine Audio SPR-50C Type-R 5.25” Component Speakers (2 Sets)
Alpine Audio SPR-60C Type-R 6.5” Component Speakers
Alpine Audio SWR-T10 Type-R 10” Thin Subwoofer (2)
iPad Controlled (Fully Enabled Functions)
Autonet Mobile Wi-Fi
12V and 110V Power Charging Station
SCOSCHE Wiring and Interface Modules