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Scion presents xB Widebody
The term "on the wheels of steel," a reference to a DJ performing on turntables, was taken to new levels with the transformation of a base Scion xB into a mobile DJ vehicle. The result: two awards including Mothers® Wax 2004 Tuner Car Award for top manufacturer's display vehicle and International Auto Salon (IAS) Custom Showoff Award from Super Street Magazine.
With the goal of creating the most unique Scion xB to date, Five Axis Models,
a fabrication facility capable of building cars from scratch, partnered with
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. and Scion to create the dream mobile DJ vehicle.
"There is nothing quite like it on the street," said Brian Bolain,
Scion national sales promotions manager. "This vehicle represents precisely
what the Scion brand is all about...creativity."
A team of DJ consultants that included Tony Touch, Mark Farina, Rob Swift,
Josh Wink, and DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies, was compiled by Urb Magazine to
provide a list of components and specifications for their dream DJ vehicle.
With this wish list as a preliminary blue print, Five Axis started its 3,000+
hour customization journey. "Our primary goal was to create a custom one-off
vehicle that was unique to any xB out there. The biggest challenge was creating
a vehicle that could solidly perform as a mobile DJ unit yet still remain a
very functional car," said Troy Sumitomo, president of Five Axis. "We
had to find an innovative solution to house all the pieces of DJ equipment as
well as design and package a massive speaker system to effectively pump the
sound to its audience."
Aesthetically, they started by altering the vehicle's shape using a Five Axis
designed and engineered one-off widebody kit. Body proportions were dramatically
enhanced by increasing the xB's body width by eight inches and extending the
distance below the stock body by three inches. To create an aggressive look,
the crew chopped four inches out of the roof lowering the overall ceiling height.
As a result of the modifications, all of the glass had to be re-manufactured
with Five Axis glass-forming equipment.
The DJ platform slides out the rear of the car using a linear actuator motor.
When the platform is completely deployed, a micro-switch activates the two-tiered
rack housing the DJ equipment. Once the rack pivots into position, the top rack
slides forward manually into position. The top rack contains two turntables
and the bottom rack contains two Pioneer CDJ-1000 digital turntables and a Pioneer
DJM-600 mixer. Pioneer mid- and high-range speakers are housed in both rear
doors. Subwoofers are located inside the rear cabin. The rear doors are powered
by linear actuators and are choreographed to open with the rear tailgate. With
the equipment fully deployed, the xB simulates a traveling DJ performance stage.
"This vehicle is an unbelievable example of the creative artistry that
today's young people use when 'tuning' their own vehicles," said Michael
Townsen, vice president of marketing for mobile entertainment at Pioneer Electronics
(USA) Inc. "It's quite impressive to see Pioneer's aftermarket audio video
equipment and our DJ products built into the xB in a way that really showcases
their audio and video capabilities." Scion and Pioneer are currently organizing
events and entertainment partnerships to showcase the vehicle in action.
FIVE AXIS VEHICLE COMPONENT SPONSOR
|AEM ||Cold Air Intake
|Brembo||Brakes; 328 x 28 4-piston calipers
|BFG||BFGoodrich KDW Tires; P235/35R19 in front, P275/30 R19 in rear
|Dynamic Control ||Dynamat covers entire interior of vehicle
|Ground Zero||Independently-controlled suspension system consisting of
airbags in rear and air cylinders in the front
|Monster Cable||Cables, Wiring, Caps, and Connectors
|Optima ||4 pack of yellow top batteries powered by 250-amp alternator
|Pioneer||Two CDJ-1000 turntables
One DJM-600 mixer
Four Premier TS-W12PRS 12" subwoofers
Four GM-D510M mono amplifiers
Two GM-6000F 4-channel Pioneer amplifiers
Two pairs of TS-C130R speakers
Three pair of TS-C160R speakers (rear doors)
One pair of TS-C160 speakers (driver compartment)
AVH-P7500DVD DVD player feeds 22" monitor (rear deck)
SDV-P7 DVD player feeds two external Pioneer monitors
|Sparco ||Monza Seats
|Sticky Fingers Design||Window Stickers and Vinyl|
Text and photos: Scion