FB Update: Game Over

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Bulletproof customer garage life

Our friend’s garage (posted with his kind permission).  All we can say is – game over.  He wins.

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Dry Carbon Chair/Stool

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Carbon Fiber Stool

I found this incredibly cool. I’m actually working on setting up a wholesale account with the distributor to try to offer these to our clients. They are very expensive but the design is incredible.

Some design notes: The entire stool is produced by hand in carbon fiber. The footrest is covered in silicon carbide to prevent wear. The bottom of the legs has rubber caps to protect the floor. There’s also a hook on the back of the stool which is finished in anodized aluminum.

Carbon Fiber Stool

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ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT – Details

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I feel like this car deserves a little more consideration than just some pictures. I want to touch on some points that I find interesting from a design perspective.

Lets start with the front (all pics will be in hi-res):

ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT - Details

First off, respect must be given for the crazy idea and flawless execution of extending the hood all the way down to nearly the bottom of the front bumper. Not to mention the fact that the hood is produced in dry carbon by the same factory that makes Amuse’s dry carbon. As you can see, fit and finish is flawless as is the weight savings. By elongating the hood and grill, they’ve created a menacing look that I’ve never seen before.

Secondly, they commissioned a popular Japanese artist to design details of the car. I talked about him in an earlier ASI Bentley post, so search the blog if you want more info on that. What i will point attention to is the use not of vinyl but of gold leaf for the graphcis. Even the ASI logo ribbon around the edge of the hood and found in other places is gold leaf.

The bumper also uses well integrated LED signal lamps which integrate perhaps more cleanly than seen in other OEM cars like the Porsche 997 Turbo.

The blacked out headlights however I’m personally not a fan of. I would have rather seen either original lights or red or yellow tinted housings.

From this profile on the front you can also see the dry carbon roof as well as carbon accents on the front bumper.

ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT - Details

The rear profile also has a few unique things.

I love the indentation details of the rear fender alongside the tail light. I’ve never seen that done by any aftermarket widebody and its a unique and clean alternative to either a flat section or an air outlet hole.

Secondly on the rear fenders, (and this isnt the best angle to showcase it), the sharp edge on the rear fender is a great detail and gives the car more muscle than the typical rounded edges there. An aggressive design move that was really well executed.

The rear bumper has a lot going on, but the use of black paint integrates the vents and details very well. Of course you can also see the unique muffler tip housing as well as the F1 inspired 3rd brake light at the bottom of the diffuser.

The only thing I’d change about the rear bumper are the side outlet vents behind the rear tires. That design is uninspired and doesnt live up to the level of the rest of the car’s design.

ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT - Details

On the interior again they went all out. hand woven seat inserts and floor mats show artistry, along side the carbon fiber seat base surrounds and the modified flat bottom carbon fiber accented steering wheel.

And I leave you all with my favorite view of the car and my current desktop background:

ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT – Details

That image best shows the car in my opinion. The rear fender design is fully visible from that angle, and it impresses me greatly. The wheel offsets are nearly perfect, and the nice detailing of the asi logo on the rim’s outer edge is executed flawlessly in gold (silver on the other side of the car for a different image).

Some people may dislike this car, but after close looks you can not possibly doubt the artistry and detail that went into designing this car.

Plus some of my friends in Japan helped out with the parts development and engine tuning, so I know it was all done by quality people.

If you know anyone that wants to plop down $800k for one of these cars, ASI is selling 29 of them. I happen to be an ASI dealer (despite my absolute inability to sell a $800k car.)

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ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT – DEBUT

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ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT

There’s nothing quite like a 800hp dry carbon widebodied Bentley. This car is making its debut at SEMA at the Toyo Tires booth (alongside a GT-RR.COM signature build R35 GT-R I’m preparing now).

ASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GTASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GTASI’s Tetsu GT-R Widebody Bentley Continental GT

I’m short on time today, so tommorow I’ll break down some areas of the design that I find interesting.

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Baller Status – ASI Flying Spur Bentley Kit Released Today

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ASI Bentley Continental Flying Spur Aero Kit Offered By Bulletproof Automotive

Bulletproof Automotive and I are excited to release this new kit today in North America. There are not many aero kits out there for the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, making this kit even more unique than it already is to begin with. Priced at approximately $30,000 USD, the quality as one would expect is also quite good. The kit includes:

Front bumper with LED winkers, Stainless Mesh, an under grill and a carbon fiber lip

Side Skirts utilizing FRP and Carbon fiber

Rear Bumper with exhaust tips, wheel house louvers, stainless mesh and  a carbon fiber under spoiler

Trunk Spoiler produced with FRP and Carbon Fiber

If you or anyone you know wants to be one of the very few to have this unique Japanese made aero kit for the Flying Spur, please give us a call at 213 745 6954 or email ben@bulletproofautomotive.com

ASI Bentley Continental Flying Spur Aero Kit Offered By Bulletproof Automotive

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PCAL – Budget Ballin’

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(EDIT BY BEN: Here’s another post by Patrick. I think at this point I need to give Patrick’s writing a name. He continually comes up with insanely unique perspectives that don’t always fit into a particular category. That’s why I’ve loved his ideas from the very moment he first emailed me years ago as a fan of my old magazine column The Real JDM. The phrase “out of left field” comes to mind when I think of Patrick’s writing. With each submission he sends me, I’m left guessing as to what crazy idea he has this time…is he trying to convince us that an often insulted car like the Ford Festiva is awesome, or that we should buy a washed up depreciated Bentley for a unique VIP ride? Its always unique, always fresh and always out of left field.)

Here’s another post Out of Left Field by Patrick Callahan:

After I saw Ben’s post about the “Bentley” laptop, I thought back on one of my many four-wheeled fantasies: the budget Bentley. While perusing eBay a few years ago, I noticed that despite having changed very little over the past two decades, used examples of the Bentley Turbo R’s were selling for an order of magnitude (and sometimes much more) less than their modern counterparts. Somehow they were in a sweet spot between high fashion and being deemed classics that kept their values very low. A little bit of further research revealed that mechanically, the cars were almost identical to the cars that had been rolling out of Crewe more recently. The only significant mechanical changes, even until now, were to move from a single T4 turbo to twin T3’s and to upgrade GM-built automatic transmissions. To me, the potential for a car with true baller status that could be built on a budget was fascinating. So I went shopping.
Bentley

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Baller Status – Bentley Laptop

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I found this on autoblog.com and I thought it was crazy, cool and completely stupid enough to post here. Yes, I used cool and stupid in the same sentence since I think this is equal parts brilliant and retarded.

The idea is really quite fascinating, take an ordinary laptop computer put it in a different package, slap a luxury brand name on it and charge a fortune for it. The stupid part is that there are a lot of people who will buy this and lie to themselves that they are not the egomaniac brand whores that they indeed are. The few that have enough honest perspective to accept that about themselves (Kanye West for example) are the rare exception.

I find this to be totally unnecessary and utterly fascinating from both a marketing and sociological perspective.

The case that Ego (the maker) produced looks top notch and captures the Bentley spirit in both materials and of image (heavy flossing of wealth, while looking down upon all of those with sadly uninspired “normal laptops” who aren’t nearly as privileged).

Oh, I forgot to mention the price…a cool 10,000 GBP.

Bentley Laptop

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PS: Yes I can be a brand whore at times, and if Top Secret made one in carbon fiber and titanium I’d be in line to buy it like it was the Apple store on the release of the 3G iPhone.

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