Creative visions of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and Scion iA sedan were on display in Las Vegas as part of the SEMA Show. For the 11th Annual Scion Tuner Challenge, remixed versions of the all-new 2016 iM 5-door hatchback were created by prominent streetwear brands Illest and Crooks & Castles. The two brands each received a Scion iM and a $15,000 build budget to put a unique spin on the car.
“With a background in motorsports, I went with familiarity for my previous Scion Tuner Challenge experience. I wanted to push the boundaries even further this time,” Arcenal said. “The iM has a sporty look I thought would mesh well with the aggressive VIP style, making for the perfect combo to win the competition.”
Rob Panlilio, co-founder of Crooks & Castles, stuck to his Japanese car roots with a wide body kit and AccuAir suspension. In true Crooks & Castles’ fashion, Panlilio and his team featured a black and white scheme, with an all-white leather wrapped rollcage and black rewrapped race seats for the interior. The car was finished off with his signature trademark, custom white mesh wheels, mirroring the theme of his existing fleet of customized cars.
Eddie Huang, well-known for his book and TV adaptation, “Fresh Off The Boat,” embraced L.A. culture with a modern take on the classic lowrider. He outfitted the Scion iA with a chain-link steering wheel and custom swivel front seats. A dual-stage air bag system with independent wheel control allows for side to side, front to back and 3-wheel motion. Meanwhile, the exterior features metallic yellow paint with root beer accents. A mural of a “human panda,” which is how Huang refers to himself, is on the hood. Huang has also added wire wheels dipped in gold, along with a one-of-a-kind gold-plated front grille.
Fans of The Walking Dead will appreciate Skybound Entertainment‘s execution of Robert Kirkman‘s latest comic book, Outcast. With the theme of demonic possession, the car will move and operate on its own via pneumatic movements of multiple components and an automated sequence of light and audio effects. The orange, black and green-toned car has a demonic spirit graphic directly inspired from the comic book on the roof and will gyrate, smoke, change colors, and emit eerie sounds.
“This year has been a big one for Skybound,” said Kirkman. “We celebrated our fifth anniversary and the release of our first feature film, AIR, with Scion at San Diego Comic Con, and we’re excited to continue the partnership with the creation of the Outcast car.”
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