2009 Scion tC – Modified Magazine

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Superhero Scion

When Scion offers you a car and a $15,000 budget to build it for their booth at SEMA (the biggest automotive aftermarket trade show in the world), you have officially arrived as a highly respected show-car builder.

That’s exactly what happened to John Pangilinan in 2008, when Scion offered him one of three tCs that were to be built for the Scion Tuner Challenge, with the winning entry—selected by the National Custom Car Association at the ’08 SEMA Show—receiving a trophy, some fresh gear from Sparco and 10 grand in cold, hard cash.

You may not be familiar with the name John Pangilinan, but if you’ve been around the tuner scene for a while, you will no doubt recognize his award-winning E46 BMW 3-series sedan that was featured in the movie “Herbie: Fully Loaded” as well as Meguiar’s car polish TV commercials. You may also be familiar with the influential tuner car club John co-founded called Garage Life, as well as the tuner shop he helped establish called DTM Autohaus and the wheel lines he helped launch called DTM Kreuz and Jline.

John was also the Marketing Director for Speedwell Footwear, a lifestyle automotive brand that many of you will remember. These days, the entrepreneurial Mr. Pangilinan is an account executive for the ID Agency, a marketing firm that represents Formula Drift, Recaro, Brembo, Puma and Belltech to name just a few of their clients.

With a track record like this, it’s easy to see why Scion came knocking.

Building a SEMA car may sound like a piece of cake for a guy as hooked up as John, but with less than three months to complete the project and with a very busy work schedule, including traveling with Formula D, the thrash to build this wild widebody tC was nonstop. But before any wrenches could be turned, a concept for the build needed to be developed, and for that John turned to his friend and renowned Marvel Comics inker Jon Sibal. “Sibal has been a friend for a while now and when the opportunity to build this car came about, I knew that he was the only one who I wanted to collaborate with. Jon really outdid himself on the tC with very little time. His renderings were very detailed, but also extremely difficult to create from scratch, so some compromises had to be made in order to complete the car on time.”

So what was Sibal’s inspiration when penning the aggressive widebody look for this tC? According to Jon, who’s not only famous for drawing superheroes but also some seriously sick car concepts that you can check out at www.jonsibal.com, “The inspiration of the design came heavily from a combination of race cars from DTM, BTCC and WTCC. I’m a fan of how these cars look and thought it would be cool to see a street version. But I didn’t want to replicate the race cars completely, since I wanted the tC to have its own identity and to be able to stand on its own.”

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