Scion update - Deadline almost here

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms
Story by Lance Cpl. Michael Nerl

Date: 09.24.2010
Posted: 09.24.2010 14:31
News ID: 56930
Scion update - Deadline almost here

Kai Hei Tai, the resident team from the Combat Center representing the Marine Corps for the Scion: Battle of the Builds, received a visit from Toyota representatives who came to check on the progress of their custom Scion xB Wednesday at the installation's Auto Skills Center.<br /> <br /> The team has hit a few speed bumps during their custom build, but they are using the famous Marine trait of adapting and overcoming to make their dream a four-wheeled reality.<br /> <br /> "We've been putting in a lot of time on this car," said Lance Cpl. Joshua Harrison, a ground communications organizational repairman with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. "I'm working on the body right now, but there's been a lot of custom fabrication all over this thing."<br /> <br /> Harrison, an Austin, Texas, native, said aside from the body modifications, the crew has also modified the drive train, and many suspension components, and will be adding a far beefier set of 33-inch tires. The team used a turbo kit from Precision Turbo Works, which is not yet on the commercial market.<br /> <br /> Although the team's progress is admittedly slow, with their new parts coming in and pulls from the junkyard, Kai Hei Tai said they are sure they will meet their Oct. 5 deadline to finish the xB Assault.<br /> The team is one of three military finalists chosen by the vehicle manufacturer. Each team received a basic Scion xB and $15,000 to build their winning designs. The grand prize winners are scheduled to be announced, Oct. 18.<br />