Recently, in my post featuring Cars & Coffee Irvine, I noticed a lot of the comments I received were about the Rocket Bunny body kit featured on the Fatlace FR-S. Few of these comments actually praised the kit, as most of the people who commented were either confused or disgusted by the kit.
They noticed the exposed bolts, the wide tires that were beyond the wide wheels, and negative camber. These are all characteristics of popular tuning styles known under a general collective- "Rough Style" These styles are all very different, however they share most of the characteristics above.
Let's start off with a little explanation as to why Japan loves this look so much: Racing. In Japan, racing has always been rough, with exposed bolts on the overfenders, a front mounted oil cooler sticking out of the grill, and battle scars everywhere. I mean come on, seeing this racing around your local race track, wouldn't you want a poster? But, Japan has taken that to another level- saying "Screw posters" and going out and making their own versions of these historic race cars. These race cars are pretty much the main inspiration behind every one of these cars. I shall now detail a few of these styles...
Shakotan cars are very low, wide, typically feature at least a few negative degrees of camber, sometimes feature extreme body kits, and feature many of the Japanese race car traits popular in Japan, such as external oil coolers. It originated in the '70s, owners typically were a part of car clubs, until the manga "Shakotan Boogie" which blew up the scene. The Z featured here may not be Japanese modified, but is definitely a good picture for what Shakotan represents.
Yes, that Bōsōzoku, which you might think is just simply a car with wide fenders, low stance and some upright exhausts. No, it's a bit different than that. It takes those characteristics to the extreme. Inspired by the Super-Silhouette Works racers of the 80s, these cars feature huge overfenders, huge extended lips, crazy body work, external oil coolers, light modifications, mods to the point where the car sometimes isn't recognizable. Oh yeah, and those crazy cool exhaust pipes that can range from straight up in the air, to a star. The Bosozoku trend was started by street gangs in Japan- often populated by young teenagers who wanted to rebel against the government, these teens often disturbed neighborhoods with their loud bikes, cars and violent assaults. These gangs often led to Yakuza recruitment. Now Bosozoku is just a term for this crazy style of modifications.
Whilst it doesn't exactly have a name yet, it's certainly it's own style. Blown up recently as an attempt to be classic yet new, they feature wide body kits with exposed bolts, wide wheels and tires and cool paint jobs. Popular names in this new era are RAUH-Welt (RWB), Liberty Walk, BenSopra and of course (All under the same company) T.R.A-Kyoto, Rocket Bunny and 6666 Customs.
So no, this isn't just some "fad" it's been around for a long time, and a lot of people love it- including me. It will continue to evolve and revolutionize the auto industry- as it is today.