Scion FR-S (Toyota GT 86) Speedster concept by Cartel Customs

A Californian show car specialist called Cartel Customs has revealed a one-off Scion FR-S Speedster build at a Formula Drift event in Long Beach. The special build features a custom chop-top layout.

From around the waistline up, it’s all custom work. There are shaved down side windows, and pillar-less windscreen, and a twin-buttress rear section behind the cabin, with twin roll-over hoops.

Cartel Customs has also created custom rear guards with a new petrol filler cap, new front guards and bonnet, and a huge carbon fibre rear wing. There’s also a completely stripped out and reupholstered interior, doused in red, with various carbon fibre trimmings.

Under the bonnet, the standard 2.0-litre boxer engine resides. It produces 147kW of power and 205Nm of torque. The Scion FR-S Speedster does feature a GReddy SP Elite exhaust system though, KW Clubsport coilover suspension, and a high-performance Wilwood braking system hiding behind a set of 18-inch Forge Line center-lock alloy wheels.

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The open-top styling does give us a bit of an insight into what a convertible version of the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ could look like. What do you think of it?

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.