Mark’s FRS

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Name:  Mark Cowans

Age: 34

City: San Diego, CA

Car: 2014 Scion FRS

Occupation:  United States Navy

FRS

Wheels: 18×9.5/11 SSR SP1

Suspension:  Airlift Performance struts with Airlift 3P management, Cusco LCA, Cusco trailing arms, Cusco toe arms, AEM front strut bar, Cusco rear strut bar

FRS

Exterior parts: Rocket Bunny Version 1, Nur Spec from lip, R.S 1.0 sideskirts, Spec-D Headlights, Tom’s JDM taillights, Seibon TS carbon fiber hood, VIS SS Carbon fiber trunk, Helix concave mirrors, and Z-spec fasteners, Avery Light Green Pearl vinyl wrap

FRS

Interior parts: Bride Zeta III seats, Bride FG rails, OLM Carbon Fiber dash and door accents, Auto-ower half cage, OEM+ Audio sound system, Flossy Shift knob, Sweidit Alcantara interior A-pillars, shift boot, e-brake boot door armrests, and suede headliner, AEM failsafe gauge, and Innovate MTX Oil pressure/temp gauge

FRS

FRS

Tuning parts: Ecutek, Delicious Tuning tune, AVO turbo world turbo kit: 18/49 Turbocharger and header, AVO intercooler, AVO oil catch can, AVO oil cooler, AVO intake system, AVO frontpipe and overpipe, Perrin catback exhaust, Delicious tuning E85 flex fuel kit

What was your first modification?:  AVO turbo kit

FRS

FRS

What was your latest modification?:  Spec-D headlights and Sweidit Alcantara interior A-pillars, shift boot, e-brake boot door armrests, and suede headliner

Do you have any more plans for this car? If so, what?:  Rocket Bunny V3, full lime green paint job, re-lip my wheels to a lower offset

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FRS

If you could change anything on your car, what would it be, and why?:  Engine internals (pistons, rods, and bearings) to run more boost and make more horsepower

Previously owned cars?: 1989 CRX Si, 2005 Dodge SRT4, 1999 Honda Civic Si, 2000 Honda Civic Si, 2008 Toyota Tacoma

What car would you like next?:  1972 Datsun 240z or  1989 S13

FRS

FRS

I came of age in the late 90s early 2000s and like many in the car scene during this time grew up street racing.  I used to race my Crx in industrial areas of Seattle, where I grew up.  Then came 2001’s movie The Fast and the Furious which glamourized a once underground culture.  This fueled my desire to build and modify cars.  I joined the Navy in 2004 and moved around the country and at each stop sampled the scene and car culture which I used to fused with my own background to influence my builds, especially my current FRS.  I’m a big believer that any modified car is better than any stock car because it has taken on a personality of its owner.  I’m not sure I would ever own a car and keep it completely stock.  As a military member we have a lot of inconsistencies in our lives but my passion for cars the communities that form around it are what keep me stable and connected to the world.

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Giulio’s verdict: FRS/GT86/FT86, call it what you will and it will probably depend on which country you’re in and whether it’s a Toyota or a Scion. I like these cars for the pure dress-up factor and, if you have the cash to throw at it, the tuner fun. I’d like to get one, my daughter wants me to get one too, but I’m thinking that if I do end up buying one, do I go for the Toyota or the Subaru? I know there’s almost nothing different about either of them but I’m more of a Subaru fan than a Toyota fan.

If you like what you see here then you can keep up to date on Mark’s build by following him on Instagram @123solus456

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