FB Update: BenSopra / GReddy demo car with vinyl wrap

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Bensopra / Greddy demo car with vinyl wrap

We find this pretty interesting to see how the Bensopra/Greddy demo car had its vinyl applied to transform the car from black to red. It’s not too often you see titanium accents done in vinyl!

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Authenticity = Timeless

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Bulletproof S2000 demo car Hottest Honda trophy

Our 2007 built S2000 demo car won 1st place at HIN (Honda Category) last weekend! Of 11 years owning that car, this was the first show it ever entered for competition (as part of the Bulletproof Illuminati crew). It was a huge surprise to win the category! More than anything, we are tremendously happy that four years later, without any significant new mods, the car is still relevant!  Just goes to show you that a commitment to quality and authenticity is timeless.  We’ll work hard in hopes that our current GT-R project will do as well in 2016.

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Bulletproof’s 11th Anniversary Meet Recap

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Some of you may remember that Bulletproof had our 11th Anniversary meet this past October 15th; some of you were even there!  We had fifteen Bulletproof Select Showcase cars on display.  The Bulletproof Select stickers were designed by our GT-R specialist, Kris.  Great job, Kris – love the Option font.

Here’s the Bulletproof Select line-up.  We were lucky to have extensive coverage of the meet by William Lee of Night-Import, as well as additional photos by James Younger and David Izrailov.


Check out all the carbon on that DreamzSport NSX.  This thing caused quite a stir when it rumbled into the lot – full carbon fiber widebody, built motor with twin turbos, Brembo racing brake system, and finished off with some one-off vinyl graphics by the world famous Mana-P of MS-R Japan.

Full Powerhouse Amuze Vestito 370Z with our 2012 demo car.  Photo by James Younger.


Jon’s Evo with full Varis kit and Jason’s Evo, flurry of 370Z and 350Zs leaving the lot, including Andrew’s 370Z with full Powerhouse Amuse kit on Volk TE37SLs.


CR-Z with Mugen MF10s and Spoon BBK, our R35 demo car.

370Z with full Amuse kit (and exhaust) and Kelvin’s Do-Luck widebody Evo.  Photo by James Younger.

2012 R35 with brand_RR front lip and Esprit dry carbon wing, and more R35s galore!

When this guy rolled in, all eyes were on him – you could tell that everyone knew and respected the lineage behind this hakosuka GT-R.

Photo by James Younger

I think that reaction perfectly demonstrates the high-level of rides and owners who were at our event.   The day was all about quality; you could tell that by the cars that showed up.  But more importantly, the quality of the attendees was top-notch.  There was no tension between different crews or drama.  Everyone was just there to have a good time.


Thanks to Night-Import for covering the meet, K1 for allowing us to take over their parking lot, Phamish for providing the tasty banh mi, and everyone who came out to enjoy all of the above!

For more photos and coverage of the event, check out our Facebook album and the post over on Night Import.

brand_RR Headlights x GT-RR 2012 Demo Car

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Here are the brand_RR custom dual HID headlights on our 2012.  The OEM headlights were not that bright at night so we added a second HID Bi-Xenon projector to increase visibility. The custom painting is just icing on the cake, but we’re still keeping the orange accents minimal.

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The small mods are sometimes as neat as the big ones. One of the latest mods to our project 2012 GT-R is this neat machined and polished mount for the JRZ remote reservoirs that attaches to our roll cage.

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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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Vision and Process – Building the 2012 GT-RR Demo Car Pt. 1

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Trying something new here, I wanted to take a few minutes to share the thought process and goals of preparing our latest demo car.

Every project car we do requires considerable planning to determine the overall vision and goal of the project. In many cases with newer cars it is even more difficult because many parts are not produced yet, and still, the vision must painted clear enough to be able to evaluate and accommodate the evolving product landscape with ease.  Creating a car vision statement is in many ways like creating a business mission statement. You know you have it right when the result encompasses a philosophy, a style, a set of principles and a feeling that can be internalized deeply enough that you can apply scenarios to it and know right away whether it is a fit or not. Put into actual examples, I knew 11 years ago that I would never sell knockoffs or fly by night trendy parts because it goes against my vision for the company’s ethics and quality. For any car project, it is ideal to know right away which style or function of products will be consistent with the end vision. Every project is unique, for some projects huge 3pc wheels go against the vision but for other projects they are acceptable or possibly even preferred. The same thing goes for color choices, vinyl styling, exhaust loudness, fuel economy, quality of construction, horsepower levels, suspension stiffness, brake heat characteristics, seat support, clutch stiffness, road noise, all weather performance, etc.

It is not about right or wrong, it is about right or wrong for the specific project’s vision. What it all boils down to is knowing the vision, standards and feeling from the onset of the project so that guiding standards are deeply felt and used as a benchmark to judge all possible future modifications against. I’ve seen far too many cars that sell their soul to jump on freebie parts or some short term trend that does not fit and discredits the entire car’s value as a cohesive statement. A great car is only as good as it’s weakest link. If Amuse built the GT1 S2000 and put Rota wheels on it, it would negate all of the amazing things that the GT1 accomplishes. Yet when I go to SEMA or see many cars, I more often than not see cars that are 80+% incredible but are totally ruined (for me) by a few shortsighted choices that sacrifice their credibility and vision.

With that being said, I’ll outline the goals and general vision of the 2012 GT-R project car. I think the resulting story and future updates will be interesting to see how the product selections, tuning philosophy and styles tie into the vision and either help, disrupt or change it. At the very least, it will make things more interesting and insightful for those who have been looking at the various updates on the car over the past few months.

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