2010 Scion Tuner Challenge tC by Shawn Baker

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(from Scion Press Release)  The inspiration behind this tC is that form follows function.  Shawn Baker believes that it's not really about how much you add to a customized car, it's about how well you execute the aspects that you choose to customize.  Since Scion completely redesigned the vehicle this year, he wanted to stay true to its new look, only making moves that complemented the car.  The focus of the project was on attention-to-detail and functional performance-based styling.  So all modifications - whether major or subtle - needed to be top quality and performed with near factory precision.

Shawn is a huge fan of the clean look, so he wanted to emphasize the things that he enjoys the most out of building a custom car:  unique colors/finishes, raw performance, and of course a super aggressive stance.  Instead of bolting on a bunch of extra non-functional items, Shawn chose to use creativity through design elements such as fitment, finish, and texture to draw attention to the high quality, functional custom aspects of the car.  While the car may seem subtle at first, it actually covers all of the bases that a show winning vehicle should cover - on its own terms.

While this build-off is a competition, his true goal was to build a car that automotive enthusiasts, current scion owners, and potential customers would want to drive and enjoy on a daily basis.  A build like this challenges the creative mind... and inviteds show car builders to tone down the clutter while at the same time stepping their game up.