New Chapter: Connor Aigner’s 2013 Scion FR-S

Photography by Brandon Deuster


Back when Scion’s FR-S (A.K.A. Toyota’s 86 in some parts of the world) was originally introduced, Connor Aigner was busy looking at Subaru STI hatchbacks. Once he saw the FR-S and its sleek coupe style, he found himself drawn to the RWD sports car that Toyota was toting as the ultimate driver’s car. He needed to have it.

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Aigner sold his 2007 Toyota Yaris, which he had gained minor build experience with previously, and started a new chapter. Being his first ever full build, the process was a learning experience. “I learned that things don’t always go as planned. In fact, never as planned,” he quips. “Issues arise when installing anything aftermarket.

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Overcoming these obstacles just took time and patience. I learned that doing it the right way while taking a little longer always turned out better than trying to rush and throw it together.”

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Going into his build with a vision and a plan, Aigner was surgical and precise about modifications. “I have had a clear picture on the way I wanted to car to look from the beginning,” he tells us. “My idea was to keep the visuals clean but also very aggressive in a way that created the ultimate image.” By all accounts, the planning seems to have paid off.

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The love of cars might just be hereditary. According to Aigner, his father was the driving force behind his passion for cars. “I have my father, Curt Aigner, to thank for all my car passions. He lives and breathes cars. Growing up he owned multiple modified vehicles, including a MKII, MKIII, MKIV Supra, and Toyota Matrix XRS,” he says.

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“His vast knowledge ignited my passion at a very young age, being engulfed by the automotive world my Dad lived and breathed.”

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With 51% of the Popular Vote, Connor Aigner was the winner of the PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds award category competition at Hot Import Nights: Chicago.

ESSENTIALS

Owner: Connor Aigner
Vehicle: 2013 Scion FR-S
Location: Wayne, IL
Engine: Toyota FA20 2.0L H4
Horsepower: 354 whp
Torque: 275 lb-ft

SOCIAL
Facebook: Connor Aigner
Instagram: @connor_lol

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ENGINE

  • Borg Warner EFR 6758 turbo
  • Treadstone Performance (TR8 intercooler, 6061 mandrel-bent aluminum piping, intake manifold)
  • Electronic boost control solenoid
  • Deatschwerks (65mm 265 fuel pump w/ E85 compatibility, 900cc injectors)
  • HKS Super Fire Racing M45HL iridium spark plugs
  • Ecutek tuned

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EXHAUST

  • Swift Racing Technologies (down-pipe-back 2.5-inch exhaust, up-pipe, exhaust tip)
  • Treadstone Performance (headers, down-pipe)

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WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES

  • CCW D240 3-piece wheels – 18x9.5 -20 (f), 18x11.5 -14 (r)
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE760 tires – 245/35/18 (f), 295/35/18 (r)
  • APR neochrome hardware
  • StopTech slotted rotors
  • Goodridge stainless steel braided lines
  • TRD brake pads

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

  • Air Lift Performance 3H air suspension system w/ dual VIAIR 444c compressors
  • Dual SMC water traps
  • Dual compressor isolator kits
  • TRD sway bars
  • Password JDM front strut bar
  • Versus Engineering 7000 Series lightweight rear LCAs
  • TRD door stabilizers
  • Whiteline front camber bolt kit

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EXTERIOR

  • Rocket Bunny V2 (front bumper, fenders, splitter DRL LED kit)
  • Rocket Bunny V3 (spoiler, side canards)
  • Stancenation x Aimgain (rear diffuser, reverse light kit)
  • Dai Yoshihara canard kit
  • TRD Japan (rear side spoiler, stabilizing cover)
  • TRD fender fins
  • Beat Sonic (shark fin antenna, roof spoiler)
  • JDM window visors
  • SpecD headlights
  • Dual Starry Night side emitting RGBW boomerang lights
  • Morimoto RGBW demon eyes
  • Custom headlight housings
  • Valenti smoked tail lights
  • Custom side skirt lip
  • LED red license plate lights
  • 6000K HIG headlights and fog lights

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INTERIOR

  • TRD Japan shift knob
  • P3 multi-function vent gauge
  • Braum Racing (Elite X seats w/ red stitching, SFI 5-point harnesses)
  • Cusco 4-point half rear cage w/ harness bar
  • TRD (door sills, center console addition)
  • LED red footwell lighting kit
  • Planted Technologies seat brackets

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AUDIO/MOBILE ELECTRONICS

  • BeSpoke 6.1-inch touchscreen head unit
  • Multi-channel 32-bit DSP amplifier
  • Side trunk fitting enclosure
  • Front 6.5-inch carbon fiber cone woofer speakers
  • Front 4-inch carbon fiber midrange speakers

SPONSORS

  • ABMotoring, Adams Polishes, Air Lift Performance, Braum Racing

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