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.
For more information please visit our website at www.vorsteiner.com or email us at email@example.com
Viva Italia! Vorsteiner is continuing their foray into the Italian supercar market with their latesttuning program for the Ferrari 458. Granted only a small percentage of those reading this actually have a Ferrari 458 but if you are one of the lucky few then you should be happy there are a few new carbon fiber goodies for your car!
The tuning program starts with a front add-on spoiler which is specifically made to work with the factory contours of the front end. Out back is a deck lid spoiler and a rear diffuser which raises the diffuser bridge ever so slightly for clearance. The extra space allowed the Vorsteiner designers to work in a vent to help pull away warm air from the exhaust. The rear diffuser design also includes housing for the rear fog lamp. As always the all the aero components are made from Vorsteiner’s signature pre-preg carbon fiber.
To really set things off, a set of monoblock-forged VS-110 wheels are available as an option for this package. The wheels are available in 20″ and 21″ sizes and come tailor made to retain the Ferrari center cap.
It all makes for a slick but subtle package. If only I had a Ferrari to put all this stuff on! If you happen to have a 458 just hit up your local Vorsteiner dealer to put in an order. Or just visit Vorsteiner.com to find a dealer in your area. For a better look, just click the thumbnails below for HD resolution pictures.
Heads up Bimmer fans! Today Vorsteiner announced that their tuning program for the F12/F13 BMW M6 is now available. As usual Vorsteiner went the subtle route by creating a program based on “add-ons” to enhance the original body lines rather than alter them. The program consists of a front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rear decklid spoiler. All aero pieces of the program are made with Vorsteiner’s trade pre-preg carbon fiber Buyers can also opt for a set of 21 inch VSE-003 forged monoblock wheels.
All together the program turns the M6 into one smooooootthhhhhh scoop of ice cream! I especially love how the rear diffuser dances on the line of subtlety and aggression. Very fresh!
The cool part about doing an “add-on” program like this, is that no matter what color the M6 the package looks right at home and matches up perfectly. Not sure how big the production run will be on this package so interested parties should hit up a Vorsteiner dealer ASAP to order. For a closer look, just click any of the thumbnail pictures you see for an enlarged version.
Remember vinyl wraps? Yes, they’re still a thing. I actually think they are pretty cool if done right. Granted these days they’re more used for marketing purposes than style I think they still have a place on both ends. With Gumball 3000 going on right now Nismo partnered up with INTERSECTION magazine to wrap a Nismo 370Z for the hedonistic road rally. The end result looks pretty fresh (probably fresher that it can also be removed at the end as well).
To see how the design came together and how a full car wrap is applied, check out the video below.
I will be the first to tell you that while I love BMW, I am not the biggest fan of the 6 series with the exception of the Gran Coupe. You might also know that when it comes to Hamann they are kind of hit and miss with their aero designs. Yet, their new aero package for the new 6 series Gran Coupe seems to hit the “goldylocks” zone as it is just right. The right 6 series with just the right mix of agression and class with the aero kit makes for a good product here. This might be partly because Hamann’s package is designed to be added on to the factory M aero package, so Hamann kind of had a guide to make sure they did not go off the deep end. Either way, I really like what they came up with here. What do you guys think?