The argument of form vs function is an age old question that raises some proper arguments on the internet. In the last decade, the business of automotive cosmetics has boomed with the exponential growth in the need overzealously widened kit. And the one brand name that resonates soundly on a global phenomenon is Pandem/Rocket Bunny.
The aftermarket scene has evolved quite in recent times, whether it’s cosmetics or performance upgrades. Of course, Liberty Walk and Rauh-Welt Begriff will definitely come to mind first. But these brands are more attached to the business of widening exotic cars. But for the more JDM-centric sports cars, it’s always Rocket Bunny that comes to mind. Miura San first released the Rocket Bunny V1 kit for the GT86 nearly 7 years ago now and to our knowledge radar, this was the initiation into the global bolt-on flares frenzy.
Miura San started his company Top Racing Arts Kyoto, AKA TRA Kyoto around in his early ages. The company released a series of cosmetic upgrades for the Kei Vans named Rocket Bunny (Yes, the GT86 isn’t the first ever Rocket Bunny kit in the line up). His name started to shine around 2012 when he released Custom 6666 kits for the S13, RPS13 and S14. Which then later he released the Rocket Bunny V1 for the new 86 and you know the story after that.
We’re revisiting our feature of this light baby blue S14 because it brings us some good memory of a functionally sexy wide kit bodykit. Although the Custom 6666 kit was meant for the Zenki S14, it’s pretty much interchangeable with some minor adjustments required, and we’re not gonna lie, it looks much more aggressive with those OEM Kouki lights. The rear bumper wasn’t installed but it is opted for the Rocket Bunny diffuser. On top of it is a set of beautiful D-Max crystal tail lights which really compliment the whole build! The car wears a set of lightweight Cosmis Racing XT-206R and a set of AP Racing big brake kit for maximum braking power.
Under the hood of this car is the infamous SR20DET which powers literally most of the S-Chassis, providing sufficient power for all uses from time attack to drifting. Moving on to the interior, you’re welcomed by a pair of R32 GTR seats and Nardi steering wheel. The owner has installed a hydraulic handbrake system for easier access for sideway actions. Other than that the cockpit is pretty clean for more than a two decade old Nissan.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel when the available packages are already pretty complete. The S14 isn’t always the first S-Chassis choice for the enthusiasts, and on our shores, this shell is pretty rare over a 13 and 15. But this project definitely is amongst the few cleaner ones around. We shot and featured this car 3 years ago, and we think that after those years, it is still one of our favourite S14s around!
Written By | Chua Chung Zhi