Scion's quest for youth market supremacy stumbled a little in initial conception: Easily customizable economic vehicles without much real personality.

Things have changed. And, changed for the better. The FR-S is a tuners dream, proving a racing angle has strong legs for the intended audience. In a different lane, the xD Rally Car is preparing to do battle beginning today in the 2013 Rally America Championship. In typical form, the xD doesn't inspire much love. However, with a power upgrade and a strong driver in Andrew Comrie-Picard, the car proves its got some real cool—and may even inspire a new generation of rally fans. 

2013 Rally America Championship schedule:

Sno*Drift Rally: January 25–26 in Atlanta, Michigan
100 Acre Wood Rally: February 22–23 in Salem, Missouri
Oregon Trail Rally: May 3–5 in Portland, Oregon
Susquehannock Trail Rally: May 31–June 1 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
New England Forest Rally: July 26–27 in Newry, Maine
Ojibwe Forests Rally: Aug. 23–24 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Lake Superior Performance Rally: Oct. 18–19 in Houghton, Michigan

[via Car & Driver]