From rendering to reality… New Rocket Bunny Aero Kit 86/FR-S from TRA Kyoto!

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Rocket Bunny FR-S Version 2 Rendering Greddy x Rocket Bunny FR-S Version 2 Kit

The latest Rocket Bunny design from Miura-san has finally leaked from TRA Kyoto in Japan.
Considering the craze sweeping the USA… it is very nice to see an alternative to the currently popular V1 kit
widely publicized online. What other applications would you like to see for the Rocket Bunny look aside from the
Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, Toyota FT86, and popular Nissan S chassis?

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Varis FT86 Arising II Kit Debut

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Varis Arising 86 II Aero Kit

Varis 86 Arising II Aero Kit

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FB Update: Mike’s Varis Widebody Evo X

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Varis Evo X widebody Mike Squared Toyota

More of one of our favorite projects…
Pic courtesy of [SQUARED] photo.

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FB Update: HKS and Rays for Toyota 86

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HKS parts for Toyota 86 FR-S in Option

The latest Option magazine featured the HKS drift car, which is being used to develop HKS parts for the 86/BRZ, including a bolt-on supercharger and ECU upgrades.

Rays wheels for BRZ FR-S

And Rays Wheels has just released some new wheel sizing for the 86/FR-S as well.

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FB Update: Cusco products for 86 and BR-Z

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Cusco parts for FT-86 and BR-Z

We recently received an email with these new product releases from Cusco for the 86 and BR-Z.

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Hiace Racer by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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The Toyota Hiace is immensely popular to modify in Japan due to its spacious interior. Many Japanese modify these like you’d outfit your living room or bedroom featuring full out bars, couches and/or beds inside. While the car is wildly popular to customize for cruising and hanging out it is a very rare sight to see one on the race track. So when Mat Rus of FarmOfMinds found this raced out Hiace we thought it would be a really fun post to share.

This Toyota Hiace sports a motor swapped Nissan 2.8l  OHC L28 inline 6. We can only guess that there are many serious other mods done to this Hiace. I’m sure those gauges aren’t there for nothing and also you’ll notice a full roll cage, window safety net, oil cooler, ITB’s, etc…

These shots are not the best but the Toyota Hiace is cool enough to post here!

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A Real JDM Hybrid by Patrick Callahan

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Lately, the CR-Z has been getting quite a bit of attention since it’s a hybrid with sporting pretensions. It’s certainly a step ahead of the Prius. However, one of the first hybrid cars recently caught my attention. Way back in 2001 Toyota decided to produce a hybrid version of the Crown Royal (no, seriously, that’s the name of the car). Far from the stodgy 1NZ series found in the Prius, Toyota used what may be the most advanced normally aspirated version of the venerable 2JZ series, the 2JZ-FSE.

I must admit that even I had to dig a little deeper when I saw that engine code. A quick search reveals this engine featured direct-injection (remember we’re talking about 2001!) and an extremely high compression ratio for a car designed to run on pump gas. Between this and a mild hybrid system resulted in the car being rated at 27mpg city despite a curb weight over 4000lbs.

This is all impressive enough, but the engine is still only rated for 217hp. This might be adequate for cruising in the Royal, but is hardly an inspiring figure. However, what if this engine were to find its way into an MkIV Supra, IS300 or even a Silvia. It wouldn’t be breaking any ground to fit one of these engines in one of those chassis as the block is very familiar, but imagine a lightweight dual-purpose drift/daily S13 that gets Yaris-esque mileage on the way to the track, offset any emissions that may have been avoided with big white clouds of tire smoke and then proceed to commute for the next week on the same tank of gas. Now that’s a hybrid in every sense of the word!

Tuning this engine would require a herculean effort and you’d do well to pick up some textbooks on combustion theory while you’re at it, but there’s really no need to. The stock the engine produces an effortless 217lb-ft of torque at only 3600rpm and that’s more than enough to put a lightweight car sideways in a hurry.

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