This is first detailed look of a car that everyone has pretty much already seen. Such is the power of the internet, where news spreads as it happens and is old a day later. Except there is nothing old about the ride you see here. This is the freshest and at the same time one of the most extreme aesthetic treatments the new-gen 86 has received. Technically speaking however this is actually a Scion FR-S, the car that Kei Miura of TRA Kyoto imported into Japan…
…to develop his instantly recognizable widebody aero that everyone currently wants to get their hands on. It isn’t a first per se, as Miura actually supplied Fredric Aasbo’s GT86 with his kit ready for its first public unveil this past summer at Gatebil. Fredric’s car actually wears the master of the kit…
…shipped off to Norway just in time to be painted and stickered up for the car’s debut. The soon-to-be-turbocharged new GReddy Japan FR-S is also sporting the same kit as is Imai-san’s Bee-Racing Subaru BRZ. But while we might have all seen it before, it’s Miura’s own car that everyone – including myself – were waiting to see.
So when he showed up this past weekend at the Slammed Society show in Fuji Speedway I made sure that I’d get a chance at immortalizing it…
…because, simply said, it looks amazing. If you are an 86/GT86/FR-S/BRZ owner, this is what your street-registered car could look like. It’s not a fully prepped pro-drift car, nor an equally extreme demo car, but the wild street car it was always meant to be in Miura’s head.
It is still very much a work in progress, but so close to completion that it was deemed more than ready to be shown off, which is why Enkei had it on their display area at the event.
After spending some time with the car, taking in all those lines and details, what comes across almost instantly is its simplicity. Rather than going against the original design of the base car, Miura concentrated on working with what was already there. An analogy would be a body builder working his muscles, toning his body rather than bolting on synthetic and fake looking implants. There is continuity from the front…
…all the way to the back, which is finished off with the mother of all rear wings, taking obvious inspiration from the rear end of the BenSopra R35 GT-R.
Miura’s set of delicious oldschool BBS mesh rims, which suit the car down to a tee, were removed at the show and replaced with Enkei’s new deeply-concave, multi-spoke RS05RRs – “sparkle silver” on the driver’s side and “matte gunmetal” on the passenger side. While they may give the car a completely different look compared to the BBS, they are a great choice for the Rocket Bunny kitted FR-S, which manages to suit quite a lot of different styles.
Attention to detail, Enkei branded lightweight wheel nuts.
The rims used measure 18×10.5J +22 all round and are wrapped in 255/35R18 Nankang Ultra Sport tires up front and Achilles ATR Sport 265/35R18 at the rear. It was tough deciding which color the RS05RRs looked better in, the silver or the gunmetal.
Miura is a respected aero maker in Japan because he is one of a very few out there that uses CAD to design his kits, rendering them in a variety of colors and with different wheels before deciding what to go for. Once a design has been decided upon it is fed into a milling machine, which accurately shapes the negatives of the moulds out of special compressed polystyrene. This is the reason why his kits fit just as well as a stock body part…
…and why he has made a name for himself. Believe it or not, but his brands – Rocket Bunny, 6666 Customs, Number 6 – only take up a very small percentage of his time as he is contracted to produce tons of aero products for other established Japanese brands. Aside from the obvious riveted-on front and rear overfenders the FR-S’s kit also consists of a more aggressive front armed with a lip spoiler…
…to help create that initial visual impact when viewed head on.
The profile is boosted by skirts that, as they meet the rear wheel arches, emulate the curvature found up front on the lip spoiler.
There is no smoothing or blending of the overfenders, that would be totally against the Rocket Bunny way where details like the fenders need to be as in your face as possible.
And it doesn’t get more extreme than that GT-wing out back, bolted onto the rear side of the trunk…
…via a set of FRP brackets, contoured to follow the lines of the stock lid. Again, lots of exposed bolts.
The Rocker Bunny kit continues…
…with an extractor-type lower bumper section, to inject some super car looks to that rear end. Miura is currently running a straight through twin exit exhaust system which really boosts the natural “raspyness” of the flat-4 motor…strangely making it sound more like a tuned 4AG than a boxer.
Thanks to a set of KW adjustable dampers the FR-S sits just right, low enough to look good but not too low that it is undrivable.
Since the car has spent most of its time inside the TRA Kyoto HQ getting its kit fitted and being worked on, Miura hasn’t gotten to the interior quite yet.
So along with the double DIN Scion audio head unit…
…he has only had the time to swap out the stock steering wheel for something a little more sporty.
Sparkle silver or matte gunmetal? Uhm…it’s a tough choice!
Aside from the exhaust system the engine has been left stock, and by the looks of it has not even been washed since the car arrived in Japan. There’s quite a lot of white dust covering various plastic covers and the airbox, coming from all the sanding of the FRP body panels that was done during paint-prep. Much like Nakai’s RWB cars, a certain element of roughness kind of suits Miura’s rides.
Miura is not one to keep his cars looking pretty for long. He likes driving, and driving hard, so once he gets a bit of free time he will be hitting tracks like Meihan for a bit of sideways action.
The pretty Enkei wheels will have to give way to the 15-inch BBS for track use, smaller tires are cheaper after all.
Cruising around the access roads inside Fuji Speedway the FR-S looked nothing short of breathtaking. I’m probably not alone in saying this, but every time I look at these pictures I can’t help but want one! Scratch that, crave one!
-Dino Dalle Carbonare
One thing missing..... Power!!! and the use of side exhausts where those cut outs are in the side/sill skirts...
just make this a permanent icon in the top left, so I can look at it throughout the day as i click my Speedhunters bookmark. I seriously can't not look at this beautiful car.,
Rather than going against the original design of the base car, Miura concentrated on working with what was already there. An analogy would be a body builder working his muscles, toning his body rather than bolting on synthetic and fake looking implants. There is continuity from the front…
This is why I love his design. I wish he would make ar ocket bunny kit for the Z32.
Thank you all for the awesome feedback and helping make this an epic post/feature!:)
Woah the first pic of this car made my jaw drop to the floor, and this is another amazing post. This is how the FT86/BRZ/FRS should have looked from the start. 1000 times the intensity of the original. I love the cut outs. 2nd from last pic looks so tough, makes me wanna grit my teeth!
Sparkle Silver for me looks best, accentuates the taper of the spokes.
I wonder how the kit would look without the huge spoiler but maybe the factory lip spoiler (with extended molds) or another aftermarket lip spoiler or ducktail type wing.
Toyota should hire Miura-san to style their next car- in the same way Pininfarina designs for Ferrari. I'm convinced they'd end up with a better design. These guys know how to surface.
great pictures and some new, unique parts
but what's up with the ghetto tires choice? All legit parts and
mismatched, china bred tires? at least let the car be consistent. only knock I can make though (well, that and the front bumper mouth needs something to fill the open real estate)
The decision to use the car as an Enkei display vehicle was take a day or 2 before the event so they just picked whatever rubber they could get their hands on...plus it's very drifter-like:)
so damn hot, and a part that i feel should rate some mention are the brake lights in the diffuser, just gives it a real race car edge
This has got to be the sickest 86 ive seen so far. Very impressive. I like the wings where the japanese flag/logo was engraved. Those massive concave wheels are awesome! Its nice to see stretched Nankang tires. They're getting more popular these days.
i like the gun-metal grey side...gives the car a sort of a meaner look...even though it dont need it!!
looking forward to see what the car once it gets the full treatment!
and thanks for posting this Dino, since seeing this on Instagram ive been waiting for you to work your magic!
Nikhil_P No problem, I know people have been wanting to see this in details...somehow FB & IG pix just don't do the car justice?