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One of my favorite things about well built demo cars is the depth of detail in the design/concept. This is a reoccurring topic that I bring up often on this blog. It comes up often because I really feel that details are what separate good builds from great builds. If you look at the above picture it is easy to be impressed. Sure, a Bentley Continental GT with a Japanese widebody kit and a dry carbon vented race hood is an impressive sight. The car could have been considered a win right there.

What separates ASI in my opinion as one of the best car builders in the game is what you see when you look more closely. Whether it is them affiliating themselves with a top Japanese artist to do hand painted accents in their interior, or the subtle and innovative integration of their logo as wheel graphics, it is the details that define quality.

On this particular car, the below image is what really left an impression a year after I took these photos in Japan.

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As if a mightily impressive full dry carbon hood isn’t enough, ASI incorporated their artist affiliation once again into this demo car. This time instead of the art car concept speaking loudly with gold leaf paint, they played well into the concept of a mean black on black sports tuned Bentley and made the artwork understated and integrated, yet still present. The hood was painted flat black with the artwork left unpainted to showcase the natural dry carbon on the hood. The result is a win on a number of levels as far as I’m concerned. This is a great example of an understated use of carbon fiber parts to accent the car’s quality, something I’m a huge advocate of.

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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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ASI Bentley Continental GT – New Demo Car

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ASI Japan just released a refinished version of their Continental GT show car. This thing is just nuts…They had a famous Japanese artist (Tetsui) design the graphics over the dry carbon hood which appear to be painted on (in gold leaf). Gold leaf painted graphics on dry carbon…I dont even know what to say…crazy fusion of luxury and raw racing material. I dont know if I love it or hate it quite honestly.

I can appreciate the extreme craft of this car, but yet somehow I like the original silver car more (even despite clearly understanding that this car is far more impressive technically). Overall I’m just not that into art cars (you know…like those Andy Warhol BMWs back in the day). Although with that being said…for an art car, this is probably my favorite.

ASI Bentley Continental GT

For a link to Tetsui’s art, you can find his site here:

http://tetsuei.com/en/index.php?c=1

To see Andy Warhol’s BMW M1:

Andy Warhol’s BMW M1

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ASI Bentley Continental GT Aero Kit

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There is not much I can say that the photos don’t already say.

Bulletproof Automotive is now offering the following ASI Bentley parts:

Full GTS Aero Kit: Front, Sides, Rear

ASI Exhaust System

ASI Wheels

ASI Dry Carbon Hood

ASI Dry Carbon Trunk and Wing

Hi Res Pics:

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ASI Bentley Continental GT

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ASI Bentley Continental GT Parts

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More Coming…

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Debut of a New Brand – ASI for Bentley…Distributed by Bulletproof Automotive

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I came across this new brand in Japan and was immensely impressed. So much so that I set up an account to be one of their distributors. The company is ASI, they are a extreme exotic/luxury tuning brand currently only making parts for Bentley. Their new parts for the Continental GT are simply incredible. From the looks of it, the dry carbon work appears to be by the same factory that I love who makes dry carbon for Amuse/Ericsson. Its simply the best in the business…

I’ll post more later on this. Magazines who want the full hi-res, non watermarked photos, email me and I’ll get them off to you. This stuff is NASTY GOOD.

Prices not for the faint at heart, dry carbon hoods easily pass $10,000 a pop. As for the dry carbon trunk/wing combo, if you have to ask you definitely cant afford it. These parts are for the automotive art lover…since most of you most likely cant afford these parts, these photos hopefully give you a piece of the enjoyment that the lucky few owners will feel.

All photos I’m putting on this blog are 1800pix or more. I write this blog for 24″+ monitors, so step your monitor game up if you want to truly appreciate this automotive artform that the Japanese are mastering.

ASI Bentley Dry Carbon Trunk and Wing

If you want to see the quality of a hood, it is always most apparent underneath where the details lie.

ASI Bentley Dry Carbon Hood Detail

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