Suits Racing. Aasbø and Rocket Bunny Mean Business!

From the inside looking out, I think it’s safe to say that Kei Miura has become the de facto go to-guy for next level bodykits. Some seem to think that Miura-san’s monopoly in the bodykit game is overwhelming and almost too much, whereas others welcome his next move like it’s their next fix.

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Here’s my take on it: I’ve hung out with Miura-san on several occasions in the US, in Japan and in Europe, and I have to say that his 100% genuine passion for cars is very inspiring. Everywhere he goes, he soaks up the local car culture like a sponge, giggling like a kid at the crazy car contraptions that are scattered around the world.

For a car enthusiast, Miura-san is the real deal.

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In the same time frame as Miura-san’s rise out of the shadows, I’ve been working closely with Stephan Papadakis and his crew in the US, and last year was our best season yet. Both Steph and Miura-san share a very strong enthusiasm for what they do, and they’re both icons in the world of Speedhunters.

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Now, I believe in team building and if there is one thing we can all learn from Lance Armstrong it has to be this: the recipe for success in racing is to motivate your sponsors and partners to all pull in the same direction.

After Stephan and co successfully turned the tC into a super nimble, lightning quick race car that takes no hostages, we decided that we wanted the car’s look to match its inner qualities. So wouldn’t it make sense to introduce Steph to Mr. 6666 Customs/TRA Kyoto himself?

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It’s been a work in progress for a year and a half, but here it is: the Rocket Bunny Scion tC widebody kit, which will debut on the 2014 Papadakis Racing Hankook Tire Scion tC at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach!

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The kit brings with it all the goods: built to match the aggressive 2014 facelift Scion tC front and rear bumpers (along with the Toyota Mark X G Sports style headlights), front and rear widths to match the race car’s stance and extended sideskirts for visual lowness.

Miura-san also made his signature, high rise GT wing an option for us. We will start off with the duckbill-style tail spoiler but it will definitely be interesting to test out the pedestrian slicer at the faster tracks.

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Luckily he sent along several extra sets of the rear side fins…

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And at the Papadakis Racing shop in California, the angle grinder is in full swing as the tC and the brand new, prototype Rocket Bunny kit is about to become one. First, the parts will be fused together by a handful of Cleco pins, and then, it’ll get ready for next week’s Scion media day.

Stay tuned for further updates as we get closer to FD Round 1, as our tC receives the most major overhaul it’s seen so far. And by the way, this overhaul may or may not involve a significant livery change.

A major thanks to 6666 Customs/Kei Miura, Papadakis Racing, GReddy USA and Speedhunters for making this dream come true!

Fredric Aasbø
Instagram: fredricaasbo


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93 comments
thedude
thedude

Variety is the spice of life, and I like mine thaihot. This kit looks like it comes out stingy hot from the south end on the following day, yummies. Should my curiosity not be tickled, i dare not delve deeper.

turbo BEAMS ae86
turbo BEAMS ae86

Lot of negative talker on here.  Rocket bunny sponser this sight, look in the bottom.  Of course they will plug his cars some time.  They cant make all this great coverage for 0 cost.  Needs to be some sponser ads to like this TC article.  If u dont like it, just hit BACK.  Sorry I'm Not English.  Enjoy life

AllenAznan
AllenAznan

This looks awesome. Miura-san did it again!

toastehmonstah
toastehmonstah

Did anyone else think it was a Prius from the thumbnail?

Lou
Lou

looks so wrong... can the tC die already. Hate seeing a fwd car represented at all in drifting. So much custom work & $$,$$$ wasted.


Do love watching fredric aasbo drift though

AbelLopes
AbelLopes

The rocket bunny bodykit created, without a question, quite an impact, but that impact is long gone. I've been following drifting for so long, and this isn't evolution or change: it's regression. Drifting is now a business, a hobby for rich boys who are tired of carrying around a surf board. To finish off, drifting is passion, danger, fear, excitment, a million emotions sideways, the perfect mix for a brilliant sport; and those who take advantage of it only to explore the commercial Side of it will someday regret it. Compare last year's car to this one and then decide which ONE's cooler, the sleeper or lhe showboater. The sleeping Giant or the idiot with half-finished, bolt-on panels. Just think a bit.

JonathanThompson1
JonathanThompson1

I'd love to see a B14/200sx kit made, I think it would be a huge success. 

D_Shady
D_Shady

"...and if there is one thing we can all learn from Lance Armstrong it has to be this: the recipe for success in racing is to motivate your sponsors and partners to all pull in the same direction."

Lance Armstrong did this by lying, cheating/doping, directly to the face of the world.  Terrible reference @FedricAasbo

ls3_rob
ls3_rob

when will the fd3s kit be released?

Ben Scales
Ben Scales

reminds me of the aussie v8 cars lol me gusta


Xenotime
Xenotime

Whatsup with "san"? This sounds retarded, retard-san!

iProGam3r
iProGam3r

I just hate the look of the stock car, it's definitely an improvement but the back still looks weird.

bkeelan21
bkeelan21

this thing looks so forced. dont love the lines at all. the fr-s was great. dont push your luck with this box.

1cleans13
1cleans13

I would love to see one made for the 370Z... I think its worthy of it.

dovvv
dovvv

lol a tc. really?

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

Sorry, it's a swing a a miss from Miura-San for me. Maybe its the pig ugly tC bodywork underneath it or maybe it's the lack of an awesome livery but for me it just doesn't look right... at all. 


Also, I have to agree with some others in here, and after defending TRA kyoto in some of my previous posts, it's a shame I'm finding myself saying this. But it does look a little copy, paste, insert swage line here, put in correct fuel cap cutout there. And in this case it just doesn't work for me, in fact I'm so shocked at it, that it almost looks... well... Lazy. Which is a shame, as reading Freddies words and from what else I've read I know that is definitely not the measure of Mr.Miura. 


Either way, I'll still be cheering you on this year! Best of luck in the new season :)

Seeking Perfection
Seeking Perfection

The kit looks rather interesting and it makes this sh1tbox look a bit more extravagant in terms of visual presence. Too bad pretty boy is going to be skinned alive by all those turbo V8s and 2JZs making more than 1000hp. I hope Dai or Ken will get the trophy this season.

maxvr6
maxvr6

I'm confused, is this just a rendering?  If so it will be good to see the finished article as to be completely honest I normally love the rocket bunney kits, but this I do not like, maybe it needs to grow on me for a bit?

wheatgod
wheatgod

For some reason this article makes me dislike drifting even more than I already do.

jcali
jcali

So hyped for this. I'm going to Formula D this year hope to see Aasbo slide around in this beast. The RB aggressive styling will match his sledge hammer style. So cool!!!


On a side note, wish scion would just give us the AWD version of the TC like they had in other countries.   

vroomtothetomb
vroomtothetomb

Freakin gorgeousss!!!!

Heres hoping the next TC is offered in FWD,AWD, and RWD!!! I think its possible

especially if it uses the FRS platform. Subaru used to offer FWD back in the day, right?

JjCruz
JjCruz

FWD ROCKET BUNNY Tc'S, EVERYWHERE

Roy133
Roy133

This thing is beautiful. This will be a sell out

greenroadster
greenroadster

I don't get it. The thing with the tC. Why take a FWD coupe and make it a drift car? It's not lighter. It's not cooler. It hasn't got powerful engines. Nissan should really consider making new S-chassis. And Toyota should really reconsider the MR2, a new Celica RWD and a new Supra.

nwbdwb
nwbdwb

@Lou  I feel you, bro. I think they should run the same powertrain on a ZN6, since he's already used to it on top of being very successful on both FD Asia and Europe drift events. The only downfall being that a lot of the FD 2014 grid is going to consist of mostly ZN6s, which doesn't really bother me, since it's an awesome chassis.

laingb1
laingb1

@Lou  agreed, but that body kit is straight beautiful. 

Seeking Perfection
Seeking Perfection

@D_Shady At last, someone noticed it. Common logic suggests that this reference is a terribly poor choice. If Vaughn Gottabekiddin JR mentioned something similar, he would be annihilated by everyone in here. #poorchoices

Spaghetti
Spaghetti

@ls3_rob Never hopefully.....lets not ruin more FD's

Gary89
Gary89

Like the saying goes "you can't polish a turd", a base car as ugly as this is always going to look crap no matter what you do to it. And as yourself and others have stated, you getting a kit which has been made for a certain style of car, and then copying and pasting it on a car with completely differing, lines/features/curves... Non of which have been addressed in making this new kit. It's like getting a dress from Megan fox and putting it on some fat shit, of course it's not going to look flattering without addressing the lines and proportions of the new person. Also I hate how commercial and fake drifting is getting, it becoming the new monster trucking or wrestling, all gilts and glam, swag, hipster attention seeking stuff to draw a crowd. Drifting is loosing its roots and it's unique style and culture to please the general public, it's disgusting. Really do you need 800-1000hp and all these fancy gay kits to drift? I think the original jap dudes who started the scene would be horrified at how far it has gone down hill.

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

FR-S platform?! I want whatever you're having...must be some good ish. And Subaru still makes FWD cars, last time I checked.

KNT
KNT

@greenroadster it's a scion marketing strategy, they sponsor aasbo and want to boost the sales of the tc

FredricAasbo
FredricAasbo

@Seeking Perfection @D_Shady  Well, my point with saying that there is one thing we can learn from him was obviously not to condone any of the cheating or doping. What I'm saying is that he was a master at making his technical partners work together towards building the best equipment by designing parts that work together. Although I do realize Lance Armstrong is a touchy subject I still think we can learn a lot from him - and not only look at his poor ethics.

Brett Allen
Brett Allen

@Spaghetti  Agreed, you have to chop the guards to fit these properly, there's not enough quality FD's left for that sort of carry on. 

greenroadster
greenroadster

@KNT - And if someone makes an airplane using a Scion tC base, do you think that Cessna pilots would be interested in this particular ugly car?

FredricAasbo
FredricAasbo

@D_Shady @FredricAasbo Noted! Things that go wrong are sometimes more interesting than the success stories, but I think we can learn from them all - good or bad.

D_Shady
D_Shady

@FredricAasbo First off, I respect your opinion and admire your drifting skills.  Good luck this year in FD btw.  

With that said, I still stand by the fact that referencing Lance Armstrong is a terrible reference.  How did he get his sponsors and technical partners to work together so well?  By blatantly lying to their face and us the public.  By cheating.  By covering it up.  

Obviously all this is imho however, I expect a higher standard from professionals & by referencing cheaters like him I'm interpreting that you're short changing and taking lightly the lack of professionalism and ethics of the guy.  I'm sure there are many other better references out there that could've been used.  Thanks for your time and response.

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

@Brett Allen @apex_DNANot just that...rolling fenders, raping your undercarriage, stuff "that'll make them hard to put back to standard".

Brett Allen
Brett Allen

@apex_DNA  I totally agree with you on that. Making a car handle badly on purpose? Why bother? I know I know, each to their own and all that but these bad/polarizing  trends seem to gain popularity that defies logic.  

Brett Allen
Brett Allen

@apex_DNA  You obviously missed the point of that comment. It's that trends come and go. Something that was massively popular (Fast and Furious Style) went the way of the dinosaurs (for good reason) 

Now if everyone jumps on this "plastic bolt on flares on everything" fad then there's going to be a lot of cars that'll be ruined (screw holes and cuts to the guards) and that'll make them hard to put back to standard.

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

Bodykits and neon lighting on a Civic? Do you time-travel much, sir? That trend has died like 10 years ago (or earlier, depending on the locale).

Brett Allen
Brett Allen

@turbo BEAMS ae86 It's not the price of the car, it's the fact they're not making em any more and therefore we don't want to see them chopped up and ruined because of a silly fad that'll be derided by the vast majority in a few years (just as neons and silly bodykits on Civics is now)

How short sighted that an "enthusiast" would like to see these timeless cars cut to pieces to fit plastic bulges. 

looooooool
looooooool

@greenroadster @SuzyWallace  

It's really not that hard to understand. Toyota said, hey Aasbo, here's a shit ton of money and a free Scion Tc; want to be sponsored by us. Why would you say no? lol

FredricAasbo
FredricAasbo

@greenroadster @FredricAasbo The best part about the 2AR is the weight. It's extremely light! 


In ten years, I think the tandem is going to be insane. Cars will have more grip and be faster. I hope grassroots drifting is thriving while the pro level is further advancing and continues to gain popularity, which will ultimately lead to more drivers and teams being able to make careers in drifting!

greenroadster
greenroadster

@FredricAasbo Thanks Fredric, I take your word on that :) But I'll stick with my 1JZ. I'll stop here because I don't wanna start another comments regarding also a weird choice - the engine. So, besides taking a ugly FWD car to make it a drift base, now you have to work with the 2AR instead of....whatever from Toyota... :))))

Here is a question for you - what do you think drifting scene would be in 10 years or so? What cars? What engines? Regulations?

FredricAasbo
FredricAasbo

@greenroadster @SuzyWallace  As a race fan, I'd say it's cool to be able to associate your own daily driver with a race car that's out on the track. That has always been an important part of making racing work - and some drift fans own, or will own, a tC. 


Also, on a personal note, I like diversity and as much as I like the FR-S/86, the more different car models and builds I see on the track, the better. I feel the tC is a contribution to that.


And honestly, seeing what an eco-motor like the 2AR is capable of in turbocharged form, is mind blowing. You should try it!

greenroadster
greenroadster

@SuzyWallace - I would rather have an answer regarding this particular red car witch is not at all a wrc car. I was just saying that I don't want to talk to WRC teams, don't care. Really wanna talk with Aasbo team. Same question. Why tC? Why FWD base? BTW, the topic with the sales boosting is quite lame. If Toyota wants to sell Land Cruisers, Aasbo should make a drift car out of it?

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

Apparently Scion tC sold as Toyota Zelas overseas is available in AWD...and you do know FWDs are used in rally, right?

SuzyWallace
SuzyWallace moderator

@RacingPast @greenroadster @SuzyWallace  Wow. I was only pointing out, as Racing Past said that the WRC teams take boring FWD cars and make them into crazy AWD cars, which surely has similarities to what you're mentioning.


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