DRIFT CAR: Rocket Bunny PS13

Posted by Ste Trackslide on 13th May.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Whenever we hear the words ‘Rocket Bunny’ you cannot help but think of Anthony ‘Scotty’ Scott’s Team Skylinepart.com SIL80, and this year its bigger and better than ever. Over the last 6 or so months, Scotty has rebuilt this world famous monster with reinforcement and weight saving in mind, almost everything is now space framed, polycarbonate, carbon fibre or fibreglass.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The main reason why it is now so wide is that not only is it rocking Rocket Bunny arch extensions, they are fitted on top of Rocket Bunny over fenders. This makes for a huge body and a very wide stance.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

As you can see the numberplate is still present, it is hard to think of this car as road legal, it is without a question a hardcore machine with one thing in mind.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The gunmetal grey and chrome XXR alloys are a stunning new touch on this years build, just as we like them; nice and wide with plenty of dish. The addition of 60mm custom hubcentric spacers give a purposeful stance and a very wide track.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

At the heart we have an already proven SR20DET producing around 400bhp. Scotty seems to have historically bad luck with engines, this unfortunately manifested itself during our shoot as he spun a big end shell at its debut this weekend at the Northern Drift Championship. A speedy rebuild is on the cards before its first event of the season at JDM Allstars next weekend.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Looking at the fuel filler cap gives you a realistic idea of just how much width the car has now acquired.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The famous 6666 Bunny can be seen here guarding the towing eye, The red and yellow is a good look for most, some may have their reservations about the colour but it is so vibrant in the sun, it will be hard to miss it on track.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

I managed to snap a couple of action pictures before the bottom end went, this being one of them. It certainly looks at home on the track giving lots of speed, smoke, angle and noise.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The interior is occupied by a pair of Driftworks embroidered bucket seats, serious seats for a serious car.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

As we peel away the bodywork, you start to see some of the work completed on the main body. The rear end has basically been reproduced from scratch to improve chassis stability and rigidity, the inside of the rear bumper is now also reinforced with tubing to add strength. When removed, the bumper, rear lights and tyre guard also come off as pictured.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The front end is pretty much the same story as the back, a lot of space framing for strength, the front bumper is reinforced like the rear bumper and bolts on, it has the front lights and grill attached via the framing inside the bumper and they all come off as a whole.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Another view of those awesome 18 inch XXR rims, I am personally a big fan of these wheels, as nice as they were a big improvement on the Ultralites he ran last year.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The reason behind all that grip and smoke, Maxxis MA-Z1 245/40/18 tyres, this rubber is specifically designed for drifting by Maxxis. It can be rather expensive though as Scotty doesn’t just run these for competitions, he also uses them for practice days to maintain consistency.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Behind those lovely wheels and equally as nice, are Brembo GTR 4 pot calipers squeezing 2 piece racing disks.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The Holset HX35 turbo now sporting a wastegate exiting through the bonnet, making for some awesome noise and bonnet flames.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The adjustable Aeromotive fuel system is rated up to 1000bhp and provides plenty of fuel for that thirsty SR20DET.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Another angle of that seriously clean engine and bay, it’s such a shame that the bottom end has failed and it all has to come out again, the guys over at Skylinepart.com HQ will have their work cut out but I’m sure it will be ready in time.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The interior is pretty much completely stripped, sporting an OMP racing steering wheel, a 4 point roll cage which was custom fabricated by Skylinepart.com and is a work of art, protecting the man behind the wheel very well. Carbon fibre makes an appearance here and there. The race dash cluster is from EBT and displays all the engine vitals Scotty will need to know.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

These Driftworks bucket seats are the business, very supportive as this car really can throw you around inside if your not secured enough, getting in and out can be a bit of a mission, but that’s better than bruises. Coupled with 4 point harnesses makes for a very snug fit.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Hydraulic handbrakes are very useful for initiating drifts, not the best for a parked car but thats easily rectified with a good old bungie cord. The custom fuse box is on show in the interior for ease of access.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

The switch panel has everything you need at your fingertips, carbon fibre and a start/stop button are nice touches. External pulls for fire extinguisher and engine kill all tucked away nicely.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

A very strong roll cage, it would take a serious knock to shift that, with all the reinforcement, Scottys 2012 Rocket Bunny is a very safe place to be.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

With the exception of the reinforcement, this car has undergone some extreme weight saving, anything not needed for race regulations has be replaced with an improved, built from scratch version, or removed all together.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Seconds from disaster…I managed to capture this image literally 10 seconds before the engine started making a hideous knocking sound, most of us knew straight away that this was the dreaded death rattle, failure of the big end bearings.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Intercooler protection, Scotty has built the front of the car around where the intercooler now lives, this angle also shows the frame work the front wings are fixed to.
Alot of fabrication and man hours put in but very much worth it for that outcome.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Clearance… For crazy lock, crazy clearance is needed, as you can see there has been alot of inner arch removed and strengthened with more steal tubing, this also adds to engine cooling.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Race fuel tank accompanied by a swirl pot to deliver petrol in the bends, the white plastic mud guards wrap around the entire rear wheel well so the rear bumper doesn’t fill up with shredded tyres and as the rear quarters, arches, bumper and boot lid are all fibreglass, they also protect these panels from damage during tyre delamination.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

During the weight saving process, the Rocket Bunny was fitted with polycarbonate windows all round with the exception of the front windscreen, this not only dramatically saves weight as glass is very heavy, they have also lowered the centre of gravity making the car very stable during transitions from corner to corner.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Expect to see lots of fire from the wastegate poking out of the carbon fibre bonnet this year, it wasn’t out for long this weekend but it was already spitting flames, I regrettably wasn’t able to capture any on camera as I was on the other side of the track when I saw them.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

Another flame producer in the form of a Japspeed Shotgun exhaust supplied by Scotty’s new sponsor, Japspeed.
Anyone who has herd these shotguns know just how good they sound.

Scotty RocketBunny Tra Kyoto 6666 S13 PS13

It was an absolute pleasure shooting this car, I’ve always been a fan of it and really think it’s reached a peak, stunning from every angle, great on the track as let’s not forget he can even drive it to the shops, what a car!

Full spec below:

Engine:

  • Fully forged & balanced SR20 DET (@ 400bhp & 360lb.ft)
  • Holset HX35 turbo
  • HKS Camshafts
  • SuperSpark coilpacks
  • Aeromotive fuel system (rated upto 1000bhp)
  • Custom intercooler and radiator
  • Japspeed Shotgun exaust

Transmission & Braking:

  • Transmission tunnel enlarged to give easier access to Nissan Skyline RB25 gearbox
  • Nissan Skyline RB25 diff case housing & Cusco GTR 2 way internals
  • 1 peice prop shaft
  • Brembo GTR brakes

Chassis & Suspension:

  • Driftworks C2 fully adjustable coilover suspension
  • White line antiroll bars
  • Driftworks geomaster rear hub carriers
  • Driftworks front & rear adjustable arms
  • Nissan Skyline GTR drive shafts and hubs
  • JoCa Performance modified front hubs
  • Front and rear fabrication to loose weight, stiffen chassis and quick release to make easy access for working on
  • Bars added from cage to front struts and rear subframe also to stiffen chassis

Interior:

  • 4 point rollcage custom fabricated by skylinepart.com
  • ETB race digidash (available though skylinepart.com)
  • Driftworks bucket seats with 4 point harnesses
  • Full custom electrics by skylinepart.com

Exterior:

  • 50mm rear over fenders
  • 30mm front wings
  • Full Rocket Bunny kit over the top
  • Fibreglass tailgate
  • Fibreglass doors
  • Polycarbonate windows all round except front screen
  • Carbon fibre bonnet
  • Custom carbon fibre skirt reinforcement strips

Wheels & tyres:

  • 18×9.5 ET30 XXR front alloys
  • 40mm front hubcentric spacers
  • 18×10.5 ET10 XXR rear alloys
  • 60mm rear hubcentrix spacers
  • Neuton XL 235/40/18 front tyres
  • Maxxis 245/40/18 MA-Z1 rear tyres

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I have shooting it.

Written by Ste Trackslide

Ste Trackslide

I’m a photojournalist for www.drifted.com shooting mainly drift motorsport photography.
Never give up, the beginning is always the hardest…

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Commentsb

  • fuck

    This car makes me want to throw up. Looks like a generic ass nascar.

  • What a car. Cant wait to see it in the BDC again 🙂

  • Sara

    More Than Amazing
    This Is Above Creativity
    Thumbs Up
    Totally Love It To Death

  • Fabrication work on the car is great, lots of inspiration.

  • Jase

    I thought the minimum cage requirement for BDC.Drift allstars was 6 point.

  • XXR

    It looked epic when it was black… Now it just doesn’t look that way… It’s just a SIL80…

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