SEMA Built 2011 Scion tC


Project Build

As the Founder/President of Team Hybrid since 1995, James Lin, who led, innovated and built his way to be the first to the accolade of 1st place champion of Scion’s SEMA Team Tuner Challenge xA in 2006 and also, to be the first person to win 1st place champion back to back at Scion’s SEMA Team Tuner Challenge xD in 2007. Naturally, being King of the Scion Tuners is the only option going into the invitation-only 2010 build off of Scion’s SEMA Tuner Challenge tC competition. This year, James is building the all new re-designed 2011 Scion tC. Since there aren’t any commecially available parts, he needed to innovate, project direct and outsource the development of parts as one-off pieces while relying on loyal sponsors.

The foundation of the design process was his philosophy of building clean, innovative cars that can win at the race-street-show. James attributes this multidisciplinary approach as the primary reason Team hybrid has become legendary in the tuning industry and main reason why Scion selected and asked him to compete for the third time. The customized one-off look must withstand the test of time as well as keeping up with today’s import tuner standards and trends.

But most importantly, the car needs to appeal to how Scion markets its cars to their customers, which is the mass market and not just one genre of the industry. Lastly, his 2011 widebody / carbon fiber tC needs to be an overall winner that can compete at all levels and types of competition whether at an event purely for show, performance-based and/or both. A 2011 Scion tC that is the best of both worlds and can be best of class year-after-year is what James believes makes a national champion caliber Scion SEMA Tuner Challenge-worthy vehicle.



  • Mishimoto radiator
  • Mishimoto fan shroud with fans
  • Mishimoto red vacuum / cooler lines
  • Mishimoto race thermostat
  • Custom Turbo kit by Frankie Klepadlo of Team Hybrid
  • God Speed gt2876r T28 turbo charger
  • God Speed Type M front mount intercooler
  • God Speed / custom intercooler piping
  • God Speed anodized “Gold” blow off valve
  • Custom chrome manifold
  • Custom chrome down pipe
  • DC Sport air filter
  • Denso 550cc injectors
  • Nology Spark plugs (one step colder)
  • Walbro 250 lph fuel pump
  • KOM Automotive oil cooler kit
  • (2) NRG ground wire system
  • NRG oil catch
  • NRG voltage stabilizer
  • NRG carbon fiber engine damper
  • NRG carbon fiber hood damper
  • Nitrous Express intercooler spray system with purge (2) bottles
  • Polished engine valve cover
  • Polished TRD oil cap
  • Password: JDM gold aluminum washers and 10mm bolts
  • Dry Carbon wrapped fuse box cover
  • Stinger compact size battery (relocated)
  • Motul radiator fluid
  • Motul 300V CHRONO 10W-40 “Double Ester Technology” racing oil
  • Custom mix Transtar Gold engine bay by AA Autoworks


Wheel / Tire

  • DPE custom R16 wheels (gold finish w/ polished lip)
  • Front 20 x 8.5, -15 Offset with 3 1/2” lip
  • Rear 20 x 10, 0 Offset with 4 1/2” lip
  • Project Kics extended neo chrome lug nuts
  • BFGoodrich Tires g-Force T/A KDW:
    Front 225/30/20, Rear 245/30/20


  • Air Lift Air Suspension
  • Front struts Prototype double bellows air over struts with Air Lift proprietary upper mount and bracket design.
  • Rear bags Prototype 2B5 double bellows air spring with weld on upper brackets and billet aluminum lower mounting nut.
  • Control system: Air Lift “Autopilot” Full digital, four corner control system. Auto leveling function. 3/8” air lines.
  • 5 gallon tank.
  • Compressor: Viar 380c heavy duty compressor with integral check valve.
  • TRD Big Brake Kit
  • 4-piston caliper (ST-41 caliper designed specifically for the 2011 Scion tC)
  • 340x25mm, one-piece 16” AeroRotor
  • Street performance brake pads
  • DOT-compliant stainless steel brake lines… Motul RBF 600 DOT 4 racing brake fluid


  • One off K1 wide body kit by
  • One off carbon fiber hood (AIT Racing)
  • One off carbon fiber trunk (AIT Racing)
  • Custom hand laid carbon fiber on door inserts, rear quarter panels and front fenders
  • Custom Sparco fuel cap non-locking brush
  • Custom door handles (keyless remote entry button pops doors open)
  • Shaved antenna
  • Shaved windshield wipers
  • Shaved door handles
  • Shaved side view mirrors (relocated to front fenders)
  • Show Off HIDs 6000k HID kit
  • AIT Racing carbon fiber front bumper splitter
  • AIT Racing carbon fiber rear bumper splitter
  • APR splitter rods
  • APR front bumper carbon fiber canards
  • APR GT carbon fiber side mirrors
  • APR GTC 300 carbon fiber rear wing
  • Custom mix Transtar gold paint


  • (2) Sparco Fighter Seats
  • (2) Sparco Harness 4PT Camlock
  • (2) Sparco Harness Pads
  • Sparco Steering Wheel 325 Suede
  • Sparco Fast R Shift Knob
  • Sparco Stripe STD Pedal Kit
  • Sparco Hand Brake “Drift”
  • Sparco Track Set Sliders
  • Custom seat brackets
  • NRG 3.0 quick release
  • NRG short hub
  • NRG wheel lock
  • Broadway rear view mirror
  • Art’s Custom full suede / carbon wrap with gold stitching interior
  • Custom mix Transtar Gold painted interior accents


  • Sony 7inch Double DIN XNV-770BT A/V receiver w/ navigation (Prototype Unit)
  • (4) Sony 12inch XS-LD126P5 subwoofers
  • (2) Sony 15inch XS-L156P5 subwoofers
  • (4) Sony XM-ZZR3301 Class D mono amplifiers
  • (2) Sony XM-ZR704 4 channel amplifiers
  • (2) Sony XS-GTX1621S components
  • (2) Sony XS-GTX1641 co-axial speakers
  • (4) Sony HVM-H65 6.5inch monitors
  • (2) Sony XA-R800C rear view cameras
  • Sony Bravia EX3 32” LCD TV
  • Sony BDP-S370 Blu-ray player
  • Sony DASH personal internet viewer
  • Stinger RKX36B sound damping material
  • Stinger TRUE-SPEC tinned Oxygen-free copper line wires and cables
  • (3) Stinger compact size batteries (SPV20)
  • Stinger power supply
  • Custom alternator upgraded from stock 75 amps to 150 amps
  • LED ultra white lights
  • Megatronix poppers and keyless remote entry system
  • Customized and fabricated in fiberglass painted in custom mix Transtar Gold / carbon wrap multimedia audio and video system by Al & Ed’s Autosound, Northridge


  • Lin Family
  • Team Hybrid Family
  • Hybrid Hunnyz
  • China Square Restaurant
  • Mishimoto
  • BFGoodrich
  • SONY
  • Meguiar’s
  • Wraptivo
  • NOS Energy Drinks
  • Sparco
  • NRG
  • Transtar
  • APR
  • Motul
  • TRD
  • AIT
  • Stinger
  • God Speed
  • Nitrous Express
  • Air Lift
  • DC Sports
  • DPE Wheels
  • Scion


  • Performance Auto & Sounds “Cover” April/May 2011 Issue
  • Motion Sport Compact Auto Show & Expo “Cover” 2011 Show Guide
  • PAS Nation & Calendar Poster
  • Scion LA Auto Show Booth 2010
  • Scion National Ad 2011
  • SONY Mobile Audio International Ad 2011
  • SONY’s CES Booth 2011