Kei Miura is the mastermind behind the T.R.A.-Kyoto design company. Miura works with other aero tuning companies to produce body kits for many Japanese cars as well as his own notable Rocket Bunny and 6666 lines for the Nissan S-Chassis cars. Crank and Piston got an inside look at his operation and his latest creation, the Rocket Bunny Scion FR-S. Miura designs kits by laser scanning the cars and then CAD modeling them. From there he uses a CNC machine to cut the molds for the fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) parts from foam.
Here’s another installment from Jay Leno’s first trip to Japan. Here he’s getting drifting lessons from The Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya. Even though Leno is probably the most famous car nut in the world, he sucks at drifting. The result is a pretty entertaining video. Jay almost puts the Toyota GT-86 into the wall twice. Keiichi has to pull the hand brake from the passenger seat at the end to purposely spin the car instead of crumpling it into a concrete wall.
Luke Huxham of Maiham-Media caught up with the Rocket Bunny Scion FR-S at the Fatlace Hellaflush Fuji event in Japan. This car has been making some waves on the internet because it’s one of the first really good looking wide body kits for the Scion FR-S / Toyota GT-86.
Jessi Lang was more or less the pretty face that Motor Trend brought in to read the news and do interviews for their YouTube video series. Kudos to her for being enthusiastic about her job and getting more involved. Jessi’s latest episodes on the Motor Trend channel have been about her getting involved and learning some different aspects of motorsports. Here she’s learning the basics of drifting from Formula D star Ken Gushi. They start off in a stock Scion FR-S and then they go for a ride in Ken’s fully prepped race car.
Here’s some leftover footage from this year’s 86 Day at Fuji Speedway by the same guy who brought us the Pit Walk video. 86 Day is observed every year on August 6th to celebrate the history of the Toyota AE86, a lightweight, rear wheel drive enthusiast car of legendary status in Japan. This year was a little different because the AE86’s were joined by the Toyota GT-86’s for the first time (that’s what the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ are called outside of the US). About 150 cars participated in the parade led by The Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya.