Originally Posted by zipper
I thought I knew what rice meant but I'm not sure now. Does rice mean a japanese car (motor trend definition) or does it mean a car thats been supped up only on the exterior but nothing for power (what I thought)?
While everyone here is correct, "rice" strung from a generalization of cars/culture. Most likley started from americans with muscle cars or just general domestic cars. They would refer to Japaneese cars ars rice. Particuarly because they come from Japan and Japan is known for having alot of rice in their food. Sorta how a Japanese car driver might call a muscle car guy a "meathead", or a german car driver a "sauage boy". Even though all European cars are not made in germany they are racial slurs applied to cars.
But slanderous terms for Euro cars and American muscle never stuck because they were generally powerful cars. So that leaves you with a "rice". I have no clue how far this word goes back, but most muscle car guys rag on people with "rice" cars because they saw them as inferior on the drag. They then became generalized with nitrous and then a variety of other products(body kits, neons, chrome wheels etc..)
Now the word "ricer" could mean a variety of things. Anyone who drives an Asian car could be considered a "ricer". Other genraliztions like "rice burner" could come from generally fast Asain imports. Now when you think "rice" you genrally go straight to Honda Civic. Although the older hondas had very good suspension, they were still considered inferior on the drag strip due to the nature of their FWD and low HP claims. Problem is that very few Civics were actually fast. So the many Civic drivers who slapped DOHC stickers and Type-R decals on there car to appear fast or that they were packing heat under the hood gave a bad name to all other Asain imports.
It was a hell of alot cheaper to put a body kit on your car and decals than to swap in a 4 thousand dollar motor. So naturally you get alot of people driving their fast looking Civics arround with no actual go. Not only civics I'm sure other makes and models were involved but because of the nature of Civics vast upgrade catelogue I'll just single the Civic out. So now you get guys who look fast and guys who are fast. Again there were more imposters than actual balls out cars. So people began creating inport gatherings to show off their flashy looking imports. They had bodykits galore, and shiny engine components. These probably turned into autoshows like HIN.
So a "rice" is genrally an Asian import that was made to appear faster than it actually did go.(Although I did'nt know that body kits and spoilers translated to speed but w.e). A "ricer" is a person whom drives such a vehicle.
Nowadays a "ricer" could be a guy with a fast ass 12 second import. You'll get labled a "ricer" for just puting decals on your car. You don't even have to have a body kit. "Ricer" is more or less a posotive thing that signifies your cars culture . You can go into a autoparts store and say I wanna "rice" my car out, and you could be talking about performance upgrades and visual upgrades. Some people I've met at HIN consider themselves to be part of the "rice" crowd. "ricing" has become more of a hobby for Asian imports to see who can make the fastest, badest, best looking "rice". Although they like to call it tuning or being tunerz(wich may actually happen) they are still "ricers".
Its a form of culture, it also could be taken as an insult, or a person whom drives a flashy looking import with little or no engine modifications.
But I'm basicly saying....Rice..... Is whatever YOU percieve it to be.