If the speed of the 5 Axis Scion xA Speedster is not all that great -- it's just about stock -- the speed you feel like you are driving can be tremendous.
From the driver's seat of the xA Speedster you can find yourself racing at some of the greatest tracks in the world, against some of the fastest cars ever made.
How is that possible? It's all on TV.
Flip open the hood of the Speedster via its forward hinge and you will see a projector screen. The high-lumen projector is mounted behind the driver and beams Forza, Microsoft Corp.'s latest racing game, onto the underside of the opened hood.
For an even better experience, park the Speedster nose up to a big white wall and leave the hood closed, projecting your Forza onto the wall like a drive-in movie, one that really lets you drive in. Crew members at 5 Axis have even blasted Forza onto a wall 40 feet wide and 60 feet away from the car.
A pair of pop-up screens also stow beneath the rear cowls, with their own sets of Xbox 360 game consoles.
The gaming possibilities are just one angle of Scion's latest show car from 5 Axis Models, the Huntington Beach, Calif., company that made last year's flaming green tC with mobile home theater and an orange xB equipped with a disc jockey the year before.
Both of those cars, like this year's Speedster, combined customization with electronics.
The customization on this one isn't bad, either. What was once a staid Scion xA hatchback is transformed by 5 Axis into a chop-topped open-air speedster.
"The natural break at the beltline allowed us to remove the roof entirely," said 5 Axis spokesman Troy Sumitomo.
What had been normal doors are replaced with fat reinforcement beams that sit about shoulder height of the passengers.
Under each beam is a big open space out of which purses, keys and important papers would surely fly if this body style ever went into production.
Which it won't.