Just found this article. I know it is very late, but we still must document all the news related to our Team especially one as important as this one of a kind accomplishment. To the haters and those that continue to question us about our team self proclaiming as the oldest, finest, most well-rounded, most innovative and/or considered pioneers in the import industry, here is further proof below of why we can and why we do. We have the accomplishments to back it up and our industry peers thinks so too. Lastly, the import industry agrees with us 100% and here is only one example to back it up. Scion Communications said, "Team Hybrid, led by James Lin and David Huang, emerged victorious for the second year in a row in the 2007 Scion Tuner Challenge, and proved again why the team is considered a pioneer of the import scene....Team Hybrid continues to build a legacy as one of the finest crews in the nation. "

Team Hybrid Wins The 2007 Scion Tuner Challenge
by: Scion Communications. 12/4/2007

Team Hybrid, led by James Lin and David Huang, emerged victorious for the second year in a row in the 2007 Scion Tuner Challenge, and proved again why the team is considered a pioneer of the import scene. Team Koshak and Team Auto Concept Elite came in second and third, respectively.

The 2007 Scion Tuner Challenge invited tuner teams to trick out the 2008 xD, with the winner announced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Scion picked three Southern California clubs and gave them each a 2008 xD, and $15,000 (they were not allowed to exceed this budget), to modify the car however they pleased. The challenge was judged by the National Custom Car Association (NCCA).

Team Hybrid won last year with its slick xA. Team Hybrid has a great tradition in creativity, originality, and quality. With the guidance of Lin, the team founder and President, Team Hybrid continues to build a legacy as and one of the finest crews in the nation.

Team Koshak was founded by people who are passionate about cars and car building. With the Scion Tuner challenge, Team Koshak brought car building to a point that raises the bar for others to follow. Originally called team Samurai Aftermarket Fabrication, the team changed its name to better reflect their well rounded aftermarket efforts, including street machines and trucks. Team Koshak is named after the team founder.

Team Auto Concept Elite was established in August 2006 by a group of friends sharing the same passion for building cars and having a common goal to be the best of the best. Although new to the scene, the team has been featured in various media including magazines, the internet, and TV and movie spots. The team consists of a group of friends that treat each and every one of the members as family.

For additional information regarding the contest, the winners, or Scion, please contact Scion Public Relations or Inform Ventures, LLC. For descriptions of the winning cars, please see below.

Team Hybrid - Scion xD

Performance Solutions Spec Garrett turbo, intercooler, turbo manifold, intercooler piping, down pipe, GReddy B.O.V., waste gate, oil feed line, cat delete, MagnaFlow Titanium exhaust, intake filter, battery relocation kit
SUN Automobile Hyper Ground System, Hyper Voltage System, Hyper InaZma ECO, InaZma Hyper Gauss, Hyper InaZma Pocket

House of Kolor's Candy Apple Green with gold pearl
INGS+1 front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper
Car Fashion carbon fiber hood, rear hatch spoiler
Custom shaved and pulled fenders, shaved antenna
L.A.P.D. strobe lights

HYBRiD style custom brakes
Air Runner custom air suspension
BFGoodrich Tires

Status Racing Ring Carbon Kevlar seats x2
Stitchcraft suede dash, suede gauge cluster, suede headliner, suede pillars, suede visors
NRG Racing steering wheel
SUN Automobile racing pedals, racing shift knob
Glow Shift gauge pod, boost gauge, oil temp gauge, exhaust temp gauge, shift-warning light

In Car Entertainment

CREATiVE Custom fiberglass sub enclosure, fiberglass amp rack enclosure, acrylic amp rack, diamond-cut acrylic "HYBRiD" imprinted
SoundStream PCA4.520 4 channel amp x1, PCA1000D single channel amp x2, RFW-12 reference 12" woofers x4, TRC.6N Tarantula component x2, SST6.5 Tarantula speaker x2, VCM-151 15" LCD ceiling monitor (on hatch) x1, VCM-81D 8" LCD monitor with DVD player x2, VCCD-2 bullet style color camera x1, VSV-78 7" wide sun visor monitor x2, VVB-2 video output gain control x2

Team Koshak - Scion xD


Nitrous Express - Nitrous Wet system with purge
Custom ID-Tuning intake system with individual port NX nitrous oxide injectors
Auto gear fuel rail
Color-keyed valve cover
Nology spark plug wires
Precision muffler.com Magna-flow exhaust system
Perrin silicone hoses
Kinetik Power batteries

Wheels and Suspension
Custom 19" wheels - Color-keyed and pin-striped (black/green centers, silver bolts, black inner and outer barrels, custom pin striping)
Custom tires with shaved side walls
Custom suspension: front - four-inch raised strut towers drop the car by four inches, rear suspension lowered four-inches with custom cut and welded handmade brackets
Color-keyed TRD springs
Customer Auto Gear CNC offset 13" four-wheel disc brakes conversion with Wilwood calipers and handmade rear brackets


Custom Extreme Dimension body kit
Custom mixed PPG paint - Samurai Green Tea
Varad Vision under car lighting
Custom shaved door handles
Full steel cabriolet conversion
Handmade steel side mirror mounts
Color-keyed C-west CF mirrors
Custom all metal rear wing, all metal rear valance panel/boot, all metal rear logo panel with recessed emblem pocket, all metal rear panel lowered 1" lower then stock, handmade fiberglass cowl panel, painted headlights bezels with Varad Strobes, pin striping
Ignited 8000k HID lights
2008 Toyota ist emblems from Japan painted glossy black


Varad Vision lighting
Color-keyed Ignited toggle and starter switches
Limited Edition Status Racing / Tjin Edition seats with custom mini check blue and green plaid upholstery
Unique Fabrication seat mounts
Valor monitors with DVD player, rear view camera mounted from the rear view mirror mount
Arc Audio Foose edition amps and speakers with custom J&G enclosure
Shutt steering wheel, shift boot, and pedal
Center console bezel fiber glassed and painted to fit Shutt custom shift boot
NRG steering, quick release, shift knob, and harnesses
Custom Unique Fabrication six point roll cage with dimple dyes and harness bar
Shaved window switch panels
Scan gauge on board computer

Team Auto Concept Elite - Scion xD

Cusco radiator cap, catch can
Gizzmo IB-C (boost controller)
SARD blow-off valve
Additional 280cc injector (x2), injector controller, injector holder
Nismo T25 high flow turbo
Apex-I water temp adaptor, air filter
Custom stainless steel manifold, cross flow intercooler, intercooler piping (polished)
Polished valve cover
Re-located ECU


Universal air ride system
Custom 4pt roll cage
Cusco add bar


Custom widebody by High End Performance, vinyl graphics
Apex-I E.R.O. flasher

Wheels and Tires

SSR MS1 18x10 front, 18x13 rear
Toyo R888 road race tire 18x265/35 front, 18x335/30 rear

Bride Ergo III leather seats
Custom headliner (mural), car PC with touch screen monitor, wood grain door panels and pillars, subwoofer box, leather rear seats, shift boot, E-brake boot
Sparco steering wheel
Momo shift knob and pedals
Apex-I Neo-AFC, boost meter, water temp meter, EL2 EGT meter, oil pressure meter

In Car Entertainment

Custom car PC with touch screen
Elemental Designs SQ10 Subwoofers (6), Nine.5 amplifier

Link to the article: http://urbanracer.com/articles/anmviewer.asp?a=2844&z=5

Hybrid luv,

James Lin