New sporting cars that entered the market have always been the centre of attraction of bodykit builders, tuners and fabricators of various kind. Some had a high level on intricacy and some centered more on marketing it to the masses. This year we expected the baby in the market that is the Toyota 86 to be the favourite one amongst them. Evidence was imminent when we were at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon whereby the hachiroku rocked everywhere on the event floor. It has been the crowd’s favourite and the tuner’s weapon of choice. The one worth the eyeballs was the one that came from TRA Kyoto, created by Kei Miura. The Rocket Bunny.
The full Rocket Bunny kit consist of 12 detail engineered pieces to suit one purpose that was to have the car slammed to the ground with all that wide body awesomeness. This included the front and rear over fenders, front and rear under spoilers and the side skirts plus the massive rear wing. Although the original Rocket Bunny kit was created for the Toyota 86 / GT86 and the Scion FRS, this yellow bunny was actual from the Subaru BRZ, therefore the front assembly of the kit had to be altered to suit the slightly different design cues coming in from Subaru.
Kei Miura had no problems with it though as the Rocket Bunny kit for the car was done with a computer aided design that was later fed to the milling machine to form the kit to the exact calculated form, fitting it perfectly to the car. Kiyonori Imai from Bee Racing preferred the one that came from the car manufacturer that does the boxer engines. And being fair to the legend of all things 86, the Scion badge was added to balance out the whole regional existence of the car. A little bit of everything here and there that there is to it.
Spotted at the frozen outdoors of the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Bee Racing Zed (Another reason why he chose the BRZ) sat under the shades of brightly lit weather (although it was close to sub zero degrees) to the drift demo at the event. To see it in the flesh outside, it certainly stood out from everything else in comparison at the halls. Bee Racing signature colours of yellow pearl, mind you, three coats of it enhanced the wide body stance even further. It was parked right near the entrance for a purpose. As the audience rushed in to see the awesome drift demo, most would have to stopped and slowed down their pace to gawk at this particular Rocket Bunny. Even we had to stop our photo session to give way to the many lovers of this yellow number.
As day went on, we realised that the Rocket Bunny had risen to the levels of its other fellow aero kit designers such as RWB and Liberty Walk that recently made millions of fans over the social media blogospheres. And we were lucky to have experienced this live in Tokyo with our own freezing hands, ears and eyes. We know now that the legacy of the classic AE86 and what will be coming in its future will be in good hands. Well done Miura-san.
words: Jeo pix: Hazwan Najims & Faiz Zakariah