The Tuner Challenge FR-S Edition is on. Three professional teams will use their creativity and expertise to create 3 custom FR-S performance machines. Over the course of a year, they’ll compete in 11 unique challenges – ranging from speed and handling to agility and more. Plus, they’ll compete for your support. Stay Tuned to catch all the action.
SWAG Racing is a race team from Quebec led by Dany “Babu” Bernier, an adrenaline and motorsport junkie. Most people know Babu from his appearances on Quebec television as the host of such shows as Le Top Rock de Babu, Babu a Bord, Embraye avec Babu and Coup de Foudre. Babu has also made his name as a radio host of rock and top 40 shows on stations like CHOI-FM, COOL FM, ÉNERGIE and Radio-X.
When Babu is not in front of a camera or a microphone, he spends his time behind the wheel of a high performance vehicle. From 2005 to 2007, Babu raced in the Canadian Touring Series. In 2008, he shifted from grip to drift, in the DMCC drift series. With the new FR-S in Babu’s hands, we can expect a spectacular drift machine as well as an all-around performance machine.
Created in 2005, Top Tuner fuels the passion of automotive customization, bringing awareness of the Tuner Culture to the mainstream. Top Tuner has played a pivotal role in development of some of the industries most recognized show cars through their innovation, fresh design and trendsetting. They’ve recently partnered with Can Jam Motorsports, focusing on Racing R&D, to connect the show car and motorsports worlds and change the face of the Tuner world as we know it.
Led by Edmund Dante Lopez Manasan, each member brings a specialty at the top of their game. To be part of Top Tuner, you must be proven, and recognized.
Team VCMC is an extension of the British Columbia-based VCMC autocross club. Boasting over 200 members, VCMC is one of the largest and best organized clubs in the country and has produced over 50 National Class championships across Canada and the United States.
Team VCMC leader, Richard Basford is one of those champions. He brings an impressive driving resume to the competition, including the 2003 Canadian Nationals C-Stock Champion, 2003 Rookie of the Year and 2011 VCMC Competitor of the Year.
The team’s philosophy is that the driver is the main ingredient for success, regardless of what modifications are made to the car. As Richard says: “if you aren’t able to make use of the full potential of a car off the showroom floor, then how can you expect to master a highly modified purpose-built racing machine?”
Location: British Columbia