Just when you thought you were safe from the infamous Rocket Bunny a new brand from the Japanese aero stylist debuts this year at SEMA. Rocket Bunny’s brand “Pandem” looks to be a division of Rocket Bunny/TRA Kyoto that will deal mostly with luxury cars with the first being the Lexus RC-F. Now, this may look similar to something you saw last year but that was Rocket Bunny taking on the Lexus RC 350 F sport. This is a slightly different animal and there are some styling cues that haven’t been seen before albeit subtle. Either way though this is definitely an aggressive looking treatment for the already aggressive Lexus RC-F. The 3M “Gloss Burnt Orange” vinyl wrap only does that much more to drive the message home that this car is meant to look fast and flashy all at once.
Beyond the visual stuff, actual performance modifications are relatively light. An Advanced Flow Engineering Takeda intake and a Greddy Supreme SP dual exhaust are the only engine modifications to speak of. Though other areas have been addressed nicely. The stock suspension set up has been replaced with a KW Suspension Variant 3 coilover kit, the front brakes upgraded to Brembo monoblock 6-piston calipers, a 6-point custom interior roll cage by Evasive Motorsports, and a set of Volk Racing 20 inch TE37 “Ultra” wheels round out the upgrades.
All together this is a pretty decent build and while sparse on the performance side the total package comes together nicely. Although this would be a tricky street car to pilot given the roll cage and wide proportions. While it is never expressly mentioned by Lexus, I am thinking this car is likely meant for track days only. For a full gallery of the Pandem Lexus RC-F check out the gallery below. For more info there is a full spec sheet below the gallery.
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2015 LEXUS RC F – GORDON TING/BEYOND MARKETING
Display Location: Lexus, 21601, Central Hall #LexusRCF
Custom Evasive Motorsports 6 point roll cage and rear cover panels
MV Design body work, kit installation and paint
Daily Visual 3M Gloss Burnt Orange wrap
Volk Racing TE-37 Ultra, Matte Blue Gunmetal Front: 20 x 10” Rear: 20 x 12”
Bridgestone Potenza tires
Front 6 Piston monobloc caliper, slotted type-3 405 x 34mm 2- piece floating disc assembly
Rear slotted type-3 345 x 28mm 2-piece floating disc assembly
• KW Suspension Varient 3 coilover kit
GReddy Supreme SP dual exhaust system •
Advanced Flow Engineering Takeda retain intake system
Sparco USA Grid Competition FIA approved race seats
Even though major auto shows like Los Angeles, Detroit, and Paris pretty much focus on the major OEMs and their new offerings for the next year. Although even at the big shows the aftermarket always finds a place to fit in. Frankfurt is no different as Mercedes Benz tuner Carlsson decided to use the show as a venue to debut their new tuning program for the AMG C63 S, the “CC63S Rivage.” Its looks aren’t exactly my cup of tea but metallic vinyl aside, Carlsson pulled off a pretty nice package here. Beyond the vinyl wrap the CC63S features a lip kit that adds a bit of downforce to the front, channels air along the sides and finishes off with a rear lip spoiler and diffuser. All the aforementioned exterior components are made from carbon fiber.
There are two options for Carlsson wheels at the corners. Buyers can have 19 inch wheels or 20s; either choice will come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Performance is boosted with a ram air intake and lightweight exhaust. A pretty short performance list to be honest. I thought that Carlsson would throw in an ECU tune along with the package but the German tuner claims that just the combination of the intake and exhaust adds 100hp to the already twin-turbo’d C63 S V8 engine. A bit hard to believe but not impossible.
My favorite part is the interior which has been re-upholstered in this crazy blue plaid pattern which is so crazy that it works. To go along with the plaid Carlsson also added alcantara and napa leather in strategic areas. If I had my way I would totally do this package but with out the weird mirror blue vinyl on the outside. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments or tweet your opinion to us at @MotorworldHype. For more pictures and the press release scroll below!
• Motorsport flavour
• Exclusive Carbon-fibre aerodynamic package in OEM quality
• Spectacular leather-fabric interiorCarlsson, the renowned Mercedes tuner, is proud to announce the world premiere of their spectacular CC63S Rivage on Stand 27, Hall 4.0 at the Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show 2015 (September 17 to 27).With 605hp and 820Nm of torque, the CC63S Rivage blasts from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, and joins the ranks of Carlsson’s limited edition models like the EauRouge, Blanchimont and Rascasse, named after corners of legendary racetracks like Spa-Francorchamps in the Ardennes or Monaco.A Carlsson model at this level needs to be based on a car with impeccable performance credentials. In this instance that car is the latest version of AMG’s redoubtable C63 S.
Using this compact super saloon as their blank canvas, the engineers from Merzig developed a package of technical and aesthetic components that make a clear performance statement. The lightweight carbon-fibre aerodynamic components, optimised wheel/tyre combinations, sports exhaust system and exclusive interior treatment, are underpinned by the performance enhancements.
Every car that leaves Carlsson’s Gut Wiesenhof workshop benefits from the decades of collective experience of the engineering team. Their engine upgrade for the CC63S Rivage adds 100hp and 100Nm of torque to the twin-turbo V8, bringing its output to a supercar rivaling 605hp, along with 820 Nm of torque.
Carlsson has received many awards for its attractive aerodynamic components whose forms are a perfect synthesis of aesthetic perfection and wind tunnel honed efficiency.
Made from OE quality carbon-fibre, the Carlsson front splitter with lateral boundary flaps and the front intake ram air ducting give the CC63S Rivage its aggressive motorsport inspired appearance. Two inverted L-shaped guides over the original air intakes add to this purposeful look.
The Carlsson ‘flicks’ on the sides of the front apron guide air also help to reduce lift over the front axle, with the surrounds to the front wing air outlets and the aero flaps on the front splitter, side skirts and rear apron continuing the carbon-fibre theme.At the rear, the striking carbon-fibre air outlet covers and profile around the diffuser contribute to the motorsport inspired look of the rear bumper. The boot lid mounted rear spoiler reduces lift over the rear axle, and in combination with the underbody diffuser, also serves to reduce drag by cleaning up the departing airflow.The two pairs of black-chromed tailpipes that flank the diffuser emanate from the bespoke stainless steel sports exhaust system. A manual valve control allows the driver to choose an even deeper and more sonorous sound for the open road.Adding a distinctive and striking infusion of colour to the car, panels in ‘Carlsson Mirror Blue’ festoon the front apron, sides and rear apron of the car. These are applied using the highest quality automotive foil.
The interior of the CC63S Rivage evokes images of the legendary Tartan check pattern used in classic Mercedes sportscars like the Gullwing and Uhlenhaut Coupé.
With its seats and door panels are trimmed in the finest Scottish sourced Nappa leather with Alcantara highlights with Carlsson blue Tartan check inserts. The dashboard and steering wheel are wrapped in blue and black Nappa leather.
To show different possible wheel/tyre combination, the CC63S Rivage will be presented with one wheel style on each side of the car. The smaller size is the new Carlsson 1/5 EVO II Diamond Edition alloy wheel painted in silver. Sized 8.5J and 9.5J x 19-inch front and rear, these wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 street legal track day tyres in 245/35ZR19 and 265/35ZR19 sizes respectively.
Designed for maximum speeds in excess of 300km/h, the Carlsson 1/10 Graphite Edition wheel comes in 8.5J and 9.5J x 20-inch sizes front and rear, and uses Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres in 245/30ZR20 and 265/30ZR20 sizes. These light alloy wheels stand out with their unique anthracite grey paint with a matt clear coat finish, and perfectly match the cars sporting appearance.
Love them or hate them, Rocket Bunny aero kits are what all the “cool children” are doing right now. Just about every popular platform has a Rocket Bunny kit available and in some cases, several. The latest Rocket Bunny kit to come out of TRA Kyoto is for the Nissan S14 (95-98 240SX). Its actually the second kit for the S14. The first (V1) kit was just about making things wider. This new kit not only widens the S14’s stance but converts the front end into something completely different from what Nissan had in mind when they originally designed the car.
The Rocket Bunny V2 kit essentially converts the S14 into a very “muscle car” looking vehicle. In fact the V2 kit’s nickname is the “Boss” conversion. Perhaps that is a reference to the Boss 302 Mustang, yet this conversion actually resembles something closer to a Plymouth Barracuda. To make things even more punk rock, the kit actually eliminates the rear bumper all together for a big rear diffuser. The OEM bumper may still fit on the car but don’t quote us on that.
If this new Rocket Bunny aero kit stirs your lemonade, you can pre-order the V2 Boss conversion right now from GReddy. The complete FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) kit which includes: a front lip, front bumper, hood, front fenders, grill, headlight mounts, headlights, side skirts, rear “duck tail” wing, rear fenders, and rear diffuser will set you back $4,380. The conversion requires turn signals from an S13 and aren’t included in the package.
What do you think of the new Rocket Bunny V2 aero kit? Do you like the muscle car conversion look? Do you hate it? Are you tired of Rocket Bunny kits or do you want to Rocket Bunny all the things? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype. For more pictures of the Boss conversion just click the thumbnails.
One of the reasons why I love Liberty Walk is that they have absolutely no qualms about taking a six figure supercar and hacking it up mercilessly to equip on of their artisan body kits on it. It just so happens that more often than not their body kits actually look pretty good. In fact, Liberty Walk is so popular that every car at SEMA this year that wasn’t equipped with a Rocket Bunny or RWB kit had a Liberty Walk kit on it. It looks like Liberty Walk’s next conquest is the brand new Lamborghini Huracan as they have released a few CGI teaser images.
I think it actually looks pretty good. In fact I think the Liberty Walk treatment looks better on the Huracan than it does on the Aventador or the Ferrari 458 Italia. Liberty Walk has not announced a release date yet but you can currently pre-order the kit via their Japanese site right now. Pricing has not been announced for the kit either but I think the bigger question is who out there will have the stones to cut up their brand new Huracan to bolt on this kit?
What do you think of the Liberty Walk Lamborghini Huracan? Click on the thumbnails for bigger pictures and feel free to give us your opinion in the comments or on Twitter at @MotorworldHype
Liberty Walk wasn’t the only Japanese widebody designer that was taking over SEMA this year. Rocket Bunny was hopping all over the place as well. In fact, there was so much Rocket Bunny craziness going on that there was an inter-show meme about it! That is how popular the brand has gotten since it blew up with its kit for the FR-S/BRZ about a year or so ago. These days Rocket Bunny is trying to get their paws on any car that they think would lend itself well to their unique designs. Two of their biggest debuts at the show this year was their take on the new Lexus RC coupe and the legendary Acura NSX.
Rocket Bunny NSX
This is a car I had been waiting on for a while. I first saw renderings of it almost a year ago and I was immediately interested. There aren’t many widebody NSXs out there that really capture the essence of the car but one glimpse at the Rocket Bunny treatment and I could tell they were going into this with respect.
This look gives a strong GT vibe and I love that. While some of the other Rocket Bunny kits seem to go more for a “street hot rod” feel with the rivets and such, with this kit it really looks like they were trying to go for an authentic race car aero treatment for the street. One of my favorite things about it is that the front end is actually been converted to a clam-shell so the whole front end can be titled up to make it easy to work on the front suspension. I love nearly everything about this car although I am on the fence about the wrap. Sure, a chrome blue vinyl certainly pops but sometimes doing a chrome wrap can hide details which is something that this car has in spades. The good thing about a wrap though is that it is not permanent. So, I am sure at some point this car will be re-wrapped or painted in a color that brings out the car’s details a bit more.
Rocket Bunny Lexus RC 350 Coupe
This car was pretty surprising to me. Not just for its looks but for the sheer-spend in which it was developed. The Lexus RC coupe has been out world wide for like 5 minutes and the Rocket Bunny team was already able to create a very elaborate package for it that looks as if it was in development for months!
While I do like most of what Rocket Bunny did with the new RC coupe; I do wish there were less canards on it. A few are fine but I think there is a little too much going on here. Other than that I love the look. The Enkei Wheels really set off the car as well as the paint. I can see many Lexus RC owners flocking to get this kit. In fact I would almost bet money that by the time the next Toyotafest comes around there will be at least 3 or 4 Rocket Bunny Lexus RC’s in attendance. I am totally ok with that…
So what do you think of the two Rocket Bunnies you see here? What make/model do you think Rocket Bunny should take on next? Let me know in the comments!
Vorsteiner is known for their BMW tuning and back when the E9X M3 came out they blew everyone’s minds with their GTRS3 widebody conversion that added some significant junk in the M3’s trunk (no pun intended). When BMW released the new M4 coupe many were wondering how long it would take for Vorsteinerto work their widebody magic or if they would even do it at all. Well right now at SEMA Vorsteiner has answered those questions with “yes” and “right now” as they revealed the GTRS4 (the 4 is for M4…get it?).
When Vorsteiner was creating the GTRS4 conversion they wanted to go for something that was still aggressive but not quite as wild as what they did with the GTRS3. On lookers will notice that when comparing the GTRS4 to the GTRS3 the S4 has very few hard lines or angles. Its much smoother and more in harmony with what BMW was already going for when they designed the M4. I would almost go as far to say that the GTRS4 looks like something BMW created themselves, which is a testament to how good Vorsteiner’s body design artisans are. Despite its harmonious looks the GTRS4 conversion actually adds an additional 4 inches of width to the front of the car and a whopping 7 inches of width to the rear.
With fenders that wide it would take a special wheel to fill it. Luckily since Vorsteiner also produces wheels they created a forged three-piece specifically for the GTRS4 finished in “Gloss brushed shadow”. The 20 inch wheels are 10.5 inches wide in the front and 13 inches wide in the rear which contributes to a massive footprint left behind by the Pirelli tires adorn the rollers.
Naturally all of the body pieces on this conversion are made from Vorsteiner’s patented carbon fiber. With many wide body kits these days made from fiberglass, its crazy to the think that Vorsteiner sticks to their guns and always uses carbon. Its also crazy to think how much this set up will probably cost due to the quality of the materials used. There aren’t many performance mods on this particular GTRS4 but the mods that were done certainly count. First, a KW Suspension system was bolted on which gives the GTRS4 its low stance. Then, Vorsteiner turned to ESS Tuning for a special ECU flash that bumps the horsepower to 550HP at the crank. However those performance bits are not included as part of the package. Everything else you see (including some special edition badges and interior bits like floor mats), is included.
Even though this is only the debut of the GTRS4 and Vorsteiner has not “officially” began taking orders, as of this post I know of at least one confirmed customer of the kit so far. Although I am sure that number has likely gone up significantly since the car has been seen by thousands of people online and on the SEMA show floor. Again, pricing and availability of the GTRS4 is still unknown at this point but I already know for sure its WAY more than I can afford! If you are in the same boat then dream with me by checking out some official pics and live pics from the SEMA show!
It was the talk of the show before the show even started. As soon as the internet saw the words “Liberty Walk” and “Ferrari 458 Italia” together it just became one big waiting period before they could finally feast their eyes upon the final creation. Most thought that the car would not be seen before SEMA but that was hardly the case. Almost two weeks before the big show the Liberty Walk Ferrari was all over the place! And it was rightly so. I mean how could anyone expect to keep this much awesome contained for very long?
While other lucky individuals were happily instagramming and facebook-ing this car to their heart’s content, I had to wait my turn at SEMA when visiting the Nitto Tire booth. Which was totally fine with me! Even though I have a few pictures here (click the thumbnails for larger versions) I have to say that this car must be looked at up close to fully appreciate.
The funny part is I cannot completely explain what makes this car so fresh. The lines of the Liberty Walk wide fenders really do lend themselves nicely to the already sexy lines of the 458. But, there is something more. Something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps its the idea of the thing. The audacity, the sheer boldness of someone taking a brand new $250k Italian super car and cutting it up to add a widebody kit is something that is so jarring that it somehow shocks me into admiration.
Whether you like this aero design or not the principal behind this build is the very personification of what we all wish we could do. Buy any car we want, and do whatever we want to it because its what we want to do. It speaks of freedom, brashness, and carpe-ing all the diems we get our hands on.
The name “Liberty Walk” is starting to make a lot of sense now…
The Rocket Bunny kit took over the “Toyobaru” AKA Scion FR-S/BRZ scene ever since the coupes were released. We all knew that the next version of the famous kit would make its debut at SEMA but what we didn’t know was the price, until now!
GReddy has announced the official Rocket Bunny Ver. 2 pricing on their blog and has stated that their distributors are already taking pre-orders for the JDM widebody kit.
The full kit (minus the LED daytime running lights and wing) will set buyers back $4,150. If buyers want the optional rear wing then it will cost an additional $525 and for those who also want to opt for the LED lights tack on another $185.
When all is said and done, someone who wants the whole package will spend $4,860. While that is cheaper than the version 1 full kit ($4,995) when comparing the version 2 kit ($4,150 without wing and & LEDs) to the version 1 kit ($2,700 without GT wing) the version 2 kit is $1,450 more. Although there does seem to be more aero pieces on the new kit versus the old one which is probably what accounts for the price increase. Yet, anyone who was ready to drop nearly $5k for version 1 (wing and all) may want to save a little money and order version 2 now.
For those who may want a little more exclusivity GReddy hinted on their blog that a special DAI (as in Yoshihara) x Rocket Bunny collab Ver. 2 kit will make its debut at SEMA and possibly be available for purchase as well.
Did you think that you needed to have an exotic Italian supercar or BMW to rock an authentic Liberty Walk body kit? As it turns out, if you are conscious about the environment and bought a Toyota Prius then Mr. Kato thinks you are cool enough to make product for. Feast your eyes by clicking on the thumbnails below on the official Liberty Walk Prius body kit. If you want to see even more I highly suggest you hit the link. Seriously, don’t think for a second that Liberty Walk went easy on the Prius because its some small hybrid car; these guys went all out. Besides the aero kit, there is a full suite of interior mods as well. Its nuts!
If my math is correct (which it probably isn’t) the exterior parts alone (not counting the LED taillights) will probably set customers back about $5,500, plus whatever the cost is to import the kit to the states. Although its well worth it if you are a fan of Liberty Walk’s work.
When a performance company throws a swanky VIP, invite-only event to celebrate the release of what is effectively a body kit, then you know that said performance company is in a playground that most of us tend to daydream about. Vorsteiner is one of those companies.
Last night they invited a small group of loyal customers and industry VIPs to literally pull the sheet off their newest project: the MP4-VX package for the McLaren MP4-12c. For almost half a year the designers at Vorsteiner have been racking their brains trying to figure out how to make a beautiful car look even better, while still retaining functionality and avoiding any weight-gain.
The MP4-VX is the fruit of all those mental gymnastics. The MP4-VX package is an 8 piece aero package which, when combined are meant to aesthetically enhance a MP4-12c while improving downforce and cooling. This is done with some great design, lots of ducts, and plains to guide the flow of air over the McLaren’s body.
What do I think? I think this package will be polarizing. I believe some will love it while others will absolutely hate it. Personally, I am on the side that loves it. I think the MP4-VX is beautiful and a credit to the design sense of the Vorsteiner team. It is just as hard to make an ugly car look good as it is to make a good looking car look even better, yet Vorsteiner pulled it off.
I always tell my friends that the McLaren MP4-12C is my “if I won the lotto” car and now I can safely say the MP4-VX package would likely be the first mod I get for it should the day come that I hit those numbers! For now I can only dream of what could be. I invite you to dream along with me by checking out the video of the official debut of the MP4-VX below as well as a gallery of studio pictures and the official press release. You can also check out pictures from the party by clicking on any of the thumbnails between the above paragraphs. Enjoy!
Vorsteiner’s latest release of Mclaren MP4-VX marks our entry into Mclaren tuning world with their new clay modeling and digital modeling program.
In their effort to stay true to the Mclaren brand, the designers kept as much of the existing body lines of the MP4 intact while enhancing the original line to a more edgier and aggressive form.
The new body parts also took into account everyday drivability and functionality as we took great efforts in maximizing ground clearance for the daily drivers while improving overall aerodynamics & looks. The MP4-VX program also features our latest in 1-piece aluminum forged wheels technology.
The wheels were engineered to be specifically load rated for the weight of this car so that the wheels can maximize weight savings during the CNC milling process without compromises in safety. The new wheels are 20x9J and 21x12J inch wide with 245/25/20 and 325/30/21 tires to keep the car well planted around corners.
The MP4-VX program is composed of:
• Carbon Fiber Front Bumper with dual air duct system and side ventilation louvers
• Carbon Fiber Add-On Front Spoiler
• Carbon Fiber Rear Bumper with dual ventilation louvers & central vent opening
• Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser with integrated Dual Diffuser Tunnels
• 4 Piece Carbon Fiber Side Skirt blade with floating front fin element
Starting at the front the Mclaren MP4-VX showcases a completely redesigned nose made entirely out of latest dry carbon fiber pre-preg autoclave technology. This new front end consists of a full replacement bumper cover with features such as a completely redesigned ducting system, side air vent elements and a separate front spoiler that aids in front end downforce. The bumpers like all Vorsteiner original products utilizes all factory mounting hardware and is 100% reversible if the vehicle was ever returned back to its stock form.
The most visually striking component of the MP4-VX kit would be replacement carbon fiber rear bumper cover and rear diffuser element. The optical carbon fiber rear bumper also features 2 ventilation louvers on the side and 1 in the center to assist in heat being dissipated from the engine and exhaust.
The new carbon and kevlar reinforced composite rear diffuser features race inspired tunnels to further improve on airflow and keep the rear end planted against the road with larger mesh perimeter opening to further assist in cooling the engine temperature.
Lastly, the vehicle has improved airflow dynamics with our 4-piece carbon fiber side blade elements giving the vehicle a lower sportier stance while improving downforce at high speeds.
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