Vision Statement – Building the 2012 GT-RR Demo Car Pt. 2

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In March of 2011 we sold off our 2010 GT-R and upgraded to a 2012 spec to build. The first immediate difficulty of this demo car project was the reality that we’ve built so many GT-R demo cars before. One consistent goal of all of our projects is that we don’t want to repeat any vision statement too closely. As a result, a wide range of parts, color combination and overall themes were off limits to begin with.

Next we chose an extremely difficult color to work with for a demo car, black. Why? Two reasons. First off I think black GT-Rs look extremely aggressive and when paired with high quality parts make a car that has confident style and quality without screaming look at me. I have a lot of respect for builders who build highly modified black cars because the details only get noticed by those who really take a moment to appreciate them (everyone else passes them to look at the bright colored cars). Reason number two is that it is my long term goal to do a full color change and produce a custom widebody, at which point black or white are the two easiest colors to do a color change on. This point will come up later in the build, since it adds a level of complexity considering that there are two distinct stages to this build, a pre and post widebody car. The widebody stage will mark essentially an entirely new car. Budget permitting, it will happen not to long after the Cosworth x GT-RR crate motor goes in.

The long term vision of the car is put down some respectable lap times against top competition and to do so with full interior and comfort. It is a lofty goal, and many baby steps are needed to get there. In setting the vision, we knew that the aggressive street styling of our 2010 GT-R would not be enough for the track functionality that we are building the car up for. It became apparent that we would need to sacrifice some classy street styling for some function-first styling of racing parts. One of the earliest choices was to move from the old TommyKaira wing (which we loved) to the full dry carbon Esprit GT wing.

In how I look at car building there are two general guides in particular that I follow. One is the overall mission statement or vision of the car. The second is ensuring that parts pair well together and create a cohesive statement. Sometimes going with one part will require a second part to simply make sense of the first part. In this context, the choice of a Esprit dry carbon GT-R we felt needed other racing parts just to make sense of it from purely a superficial visual point of view. The wing created a feeling of a race car being born, a Top Racing dry carbon trunk continued it. The roll cage, unique Amuse inspired wheel fitment, titanium front tow hook, and front diffuser continued reinforcing that point.

The car’s vision statement looks something like this:

Produce a 2012 GT-R utilizing only the absolute best products available world wide. Never compromise on quality. When products are not available, we will produce them ourselves whenever possible. The car must function for daily use, remain comfortable and must evolve into a balanced track capable car that in its ultimate spec is capable of running as fast as full race spec GT-Rs. The car must have a style unique to itself. The limits of tuning must be pushed, but with a steady balance of avoiding trade-offs or going into an area of one-dimensionality (avoiding drag only, track only, street only, show only). All products must be acceptable to be recommended to our customers and to serve as a statement of the best GT-R that we can build for this purpose. Preferably most of the products selected in stage one should be able to be used for stage two when the car takes an entirely new form.

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