2015 Formula Drift: “Year of the Scion”

By: Josh Chow (Drive Marketing)

Since the launch of Scion in Canada in 2011, OpenRoad Scion has been bringing you the latest news from Formula Drift & the Scion Racing team featuring both the Scion FR-S & tC and 2015 we got another first hand experience. In August, our team had the chance to get up close & personal with the Scion Racing team on the track in Seattle, WA which featured Fredric Aasbo & Ken Gushi which if you have been following the series, are two of the most popular drivers of the decade.

With both drivers having amazing performances throughout the season at different stages of the competition, it has almost been a back and forth battle between the two Scion driver’s who are great friends & teammates off the track. With Gushi placing on the podium in rounds 2,3, & 6 and Aasbo placing 1st in rounds 1,4, & 5 – It places the duo in first & second place in overall standing.

This year has been the best year for Ken Gushi in several years and he is looking stronger every round with great consistency in every battle he has faced thus far. As a crowd favourite for many years, he does not disappoint in entertaining the crowd with many of his runs as what the judges call “near perfect”. Also known as “The Gush”, he’s also been seen up in Vancouver, BC, drifting in commercials for OpenRoad Auto Group. He currently sits at 348 points in 2nd overall standings Fredric Aasbo is no stranger to the top of the podium and championship runs. Currently sitting first place in overall standings, he is in a great position with his Rockstar Energy Scion tC. The former Rookie of the Year currently sits at 428 points and also boasts a win at Formula Drift Canada: Montreal (World Series). With the win on the east coast, he is set up to win the World Championships and is in a strong lead for the regular Formula Drift Season.

With both Scion Racing Drivers leading the pack, its safe to say, it’s “The Year of the Scion” as Ken Gushi would say.

See the latest video feature of Ken Gushi at Formula Drift Seattle as he goes through his 2015 Formula Drift Journey:

Formula Drift 2015: “Rise of the Gush” – Ken Gushi

Formula Drift 2015: “Rise of the Gush” with GReddy Racing | Scion Racing’s Ken Gushi.See the mini documentary of Ken’s journey to his 2015 success.Great work from our own: Takuya TK Akiyama

Posted by Drive Marketing Group on Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Cars from SEMA Show part one

SEMA 2015 Lexus NX200t
A 2015 Lexus NX 200t customized by 360 Elite Motorworks on display at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Photos by Zak Tang.

Every year in November, Las Vegas hosts the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show, an industry-only event that draws over 130,000 individuals largely made up of automotive parts manufacturers, retail store buyers and media from 130 countries.

Automakers also come out in full force displaying unique, souped-up creations that are the result of unique collaborations with aftermarket performance companies and celebrities. Some brands, like Toyota and BMW, use the opportunity to show off factory-tuned vehicles. OpenRoad was at SEMA 2014 and below we bring you part one of some of the best-of-show examples.


A lot of people are talking about one of the newest entries into the luxury compact crossover market: the 2015 Lexus NX. Offered as both a 200t with a Lexus-first 2.0-litre turbo motor and new six-speed automatic, as well as a 300h with Lexus Hybrid Drive featuring a 2.5-litre Atkinson gasoline engine mated to a new CVT transmission, all models are all-wheel drive.

SEMA Artisan Lexus NX200t

As if the 200t isn’t enough of a looker already, Los Angeles tuners 360 Elite Motorworks got their hands on one and had it painted in a bespoke and retina-tingling “Molten Pearl” bright orange colour. This custom NX is outfitted with a full Artisan Spirits body kit, RS-R Sports coilover suspension, and gigantic gloss black HRE P104 wheels that are a full three inches bigger than the standard 17-inch alloys, wrapped in grippy Toyo Proxes T1R sport tires. Performance modifications are kept modest with a custom intake and exhaust. 


The Camry recently received a complete redesign for 2015. The face of the car now looks much more aggressive, keeping inline with the exterior changes found on the Corolla and Yaris. Like the NX, the Camry is available with a conventional gasoline engine (four cylinder/V6) or a four-cylinder hybrid.

SEMA Toyota Camry dragster

Making a little more than the 268 horsepower from the stock V6, Toyota lifted the covers off a Camry that was quickly revealed to be an 850-horsepower tube-frame dragster sitting underneath a deceptively normal shell. The powerplant was borrowed from a Tundra full-size pickup truck: a 5.7-litre V8 with a TRD supercharger and a wet nitrous system added for good measure. Equipped with beefy 335/30/18 drag racing tires, the Camry-from-Hell is expected to do the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds.

SEMA Toyota Camry dragster engine


Because of its affordable price point, balanced front engine, rear-wheel drive configuration and handsome looks, the Scion FR-S has proved very popular with the young tuner set since its release two years ago.

SEMA Cartel Customs Scion FR-S targa

Scion put a call out to car customizers to put their own spin on the coupe, and Jeremy Lookofsky of Cali’s Cartel Customs responded with his targa top version. Sprayed in a proprietary “Azzuro California Blue” colour, this FRS has a two-tone scheme with a removable black targa roof sitting overtop of a widened all-metal body. Other enhancements include 19-inch wheels, centre-exit exhaust system, GReddy turbo kit, Wilwood brakes and KW coilovers.

In part two of SEMA 2014, we’ll be checking out some showstoppers from the Euro camp. 

Featured Vehicle: Rocket Bunny Scion FR-S


2013 Rocket Bunny Scion FR-S

OpenRoad Auto Group brings you Canada’s very first Rocket Bunny Scion FR-S. Wide-body fender flares, a new front lip, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a signature GT wing complete the Rocket Bunny transformation. Seibon parts have also been installed in a new carbon-fiber hood and fog light covers. Other features on this incredible creation include carbon-fiber side mirrors, bespoke smoked headlight housings, candy red taillight surroundings, an Invidia catback exhaust system, a set of fully adjustable BC Racing coilovers, and 18-inch “Winning Blue” Rays Gram Lights 57 Extreme wheels.

Rocket Bunny Wide Body Fender Flares
Rocket Bunny Front Lip
Rocket Bunny Side Skirts
Rocket Bunny Rear Diffuser
Rocket Bunny Rear GT Wing
APR Carbon Fiber Side Mirrors
Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood
Seibon Carbon Fiber Fog Light Covers
Bespoke Smoked Headlight Housings
Candy Red Tail light Surroundings

BC Racing Coilovers

Invidia Catback Exhaust System

Rays Gram Lights 57 Extreme, 18×9.5, 18×10.5 | Winning Blue

OpenRoad Scion Launches the 2012 Scion iQ !

March 30th, 2012

On March of this year, OpenRoad Scion was proud to announce the launch of the all new 2012 Scion iQ!
In celebration of this launch, the dealership threw a “Scion iQ Showcase” with various modified Scion’s, delicious catering, entertainment from their resident DJ, & tons of door prizes.

Some of the features that the crowd was able to experience in the Scion iQ:


  • The world’s smallest 4 seater
  • 11 airbags
  • Super fun to drive
  • Smallest turning radius in any car making city driving really fun

Features of the event:


  • Scion iQ Showcase & Interactive test drives
  • Complimentary catering from the popular Roaming Dragon
  • Entertainment from DJ Trizzak
  • Door prizes
  • Appearance from the 604Scion Crew

For full event coverage:
OpenRoad Scion’s Facebook Page