Customer Car – Michael’s 2012 GT-R Models a brand_RR Front Lip Spoiler

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Michael’s 2012 GT-R with brand_RR carbon fiber front lip spoiler and Esprit dry carbon rear wing!

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Another Day At The Office – Esprit Dry Carbon Wing

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We were taking some pictures today to document the build of our 2012 GT-R project. I happen to really like this picture and wanted to share it. Here it is in super hi-res.

Featured in the picture is an Esprit Dry Carbon wing mounted to a Top Racing dry carbon trunk. I really enjoy the up sweep at the tail end of the wing.

This 2012 GT-R build is going to be a long one with lots of stages. This is some of the very early stage stuff…

We will be updating our facebook fan page with a continually gallery of the build. The gallery can be found here:

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From The Archives – Esprit Time Attack JZA80 Supra

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Esprit JZA80 Supra Time Attack

I was going through some of my old pictures today and I stumbled across this 2006 picture of the Esprit time attack JZA80 Supra. I’m a huge fan of Esprit and their demo cars. I have a special soft spot for Esprit dry carbon wings and I put them above even Voltex as my favorite GT wings. All of Esprit’s demo cars are HARD. This Supra is no exception. I wish I had more info on it to share with you. This picture in itself tells a lot.

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Customer Car: Saeed’s R35 GT-R

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Amuse R35 GT-R Rear Wing

I’ve been on the road a lot lately visiting some amazing people in some equally amazing places. Just this month I’ve jumped from Las Vegas to Dubai to Bahrain to San Francisco with a day or two spurts home in Los Angeles in between travels. Next up I’m off to Arizona, and then Japan (pre-Auto Salon and then again for TAS of course!). I apologize for the lack of my personal posts lately, the traveling has made it impossible to keep my regular blogging pace. I’m going to make it up to you, I promise!

During my stay in Dubai I was fortunate to spend some quality time with my good friend Saeed. I did a quick two day trip to Bahrain, but primarily this trip was about visiting with Saeed. Saeed is one of the very few guys I’ve ever met that I can say is an encyclopedia of knowledge about cars. I can mention any car to him and without hesitation he will instantly have not only a well considered opinion, but more impressively, actual driving experience with the car! For more than a week we talked about cars, life and Dubai in general…the entire time a car never came up that he didn’t personally drive and have a fascinating opinion about. Perhaps he’s the Jeremy Clarkson of Dubai! 🙂

I must say that although I have always somewhat liked Porsches, I’ve never considered myself a huge Porsche fan. There are plenty of cars I’d choose over a Porsche…but when Saeed said his favorite car he’s ever driven for a daily driver is a 997 GT2, I reconsidered everything. Saeed is one of those guys who will tell me a car is no good and from that point forward I will have no interest in ever owning one. Its easy to have an opinion about cars, but few have the experience to back it up.

So its no doubt that Saeed has great taste in modifying cars as well. I hope you all enjoy the pictures I snapped of his R35 GT-R, a car that I believe holds the title of the car Saeed has held on to the longest of all of his cars. Despite my love for the Ferrari 599, Saeed got bored of it. Even his beloved 997 GT2 he one day became bored of and he moved on. Somehow, the GT-R is the last car standing….a testament for the qualities and appeal of GT-R ownership in itself.

One thing Saeed and many of my GT-R owning friends all have in common is they all enjoy driving the GT-R more than other exotic cars worth 4x the price. Forget Nurburgring numbers for a minute, the real truth is when you see guys fight over the keys of the GT-R when the other car is a Gemballa Porsche Mirage GT (Carrera GT based) as I saw on a previous trip to UAE. Whether the other car is a Veyron, a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or whatever, invariably the GT-R is somehow always enjoyed more when it comes to actually driving the car. It still surprises me to hear people say that, but it keeps being proven true! To me, that is the most impressive thing about the GT-R (amongst the many).

So how did Saeed modify his GT-R? Well, I cant exactly divulge the engine modifications since there is some value to the surprise factor when he battles a street foe down Jumeriah. The modifications I can discuss are all found here along with a few more pictures:

Lets just say that anyone who replaces every gear in the GT-Rs transmission is someone on a mission…

Saeed GT-RR Customer Car Dubai R35 GT-RSaeed GT-RR Customer Car Dubai R35 GT-R

Saeed GT-RR Customer Car Dubai R35 GT-RSaeed GT-RR Customer Car Dubai R35 GT-R

The car has all of the best parts, as expected from a true car aficionado. The latest mod the car has installed is the Carbon Dry aero hood which is full dry carbon with an aluminum honeycomb core. This hood is so nice, we kept it in our sales office just to stare at it for a while prior to shipping it to Dubai. Very few parts get that level of praise and status over here, at the moment just Super GT Nismo parts and ASM race car one-off parts have held that office display status alongside this hood.

Just from looking at the front profile of the car, you can see the newly installed light weight hood, the auto select front diffuser, Esprit front mount intercooler, Esprit dry carbon intercooler duct, Nissan LED driving lamps, Auto Select Canards and the GT-RR one off carbon fiber mirrors. The rest of the car is equally modified. A full titanium Amuse exhaust is utilized. MCR suspension keeps the car fast yet streetable. The Amuse dry carbon wing keeps the rear of the car car planted at speed. Zele carbon fiber side skirts, rear under spoiler and fender ducts add some subtle style to the exterior as well.  Then there are the Dymag carbon fiber and magnesium wheels. Saeed is actually tired of those rims at the moment and the car will soon be sporting some flat black Volk G2 20″ rims with R888 rubber. Although not as exotic as a carbon fiber wheels, this new set will surely look even better on the car (more aggressive face profile and offset) and the R888 rubber will allow the car to run even faster on the streets and circuit.

The car’s interior features a heap of GT-RR’s carbon fiber one-off parts. Everything from the Navigation surround Bezel to the reshaped flat bottom carbon fiber and leather steering wheel have been reworked. The car has turned out so nice that despite me being biased against red cars, I really think that this is one of the best private owned, street driven GT-Rs in the world. For me to say that about a red car took a lot of careful consideration. Plus somehow R35 GT-Rs are one of the very few cars that in my opinion look really nice in red. I’m sure Kobayashi-san of MCR would agree with me on the Red. I’d still choose black or white personally, but looking at Saeed’s car has me saying Red is a good color choice for once.

For those disappointed that there was no travel report for this trip, the previous blog posts (from earlier trips) will offer my perspective on the amazing experience of visiting the UAE. Although I’ve learned much more with subsequent trips about the culture and the experience of living out there, my earlier posts can serve as a good introduction to anyone curious about what its like to travel there from an American perspective.

Trip #1

Trip #2

It has been fun watching Saeed’s GT-R evolve over the years he’s owned it. I wonder what the future will hold…whatever it is, I’m sure it will be exciting!

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GT-RR For “R” Pt. 3 – Bodywork Completed!

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The previous two installments of this complete car build can be found here:

In part 3 we find ourselves just after the successful completion of the bodywork phase of the car. Sadly, the car will not be done justice visually until the HRE wheels are fitted (thanks Fedex for losing a rim and delaying this), the massive Esprit intercooler is installed and the full Amuse exhaust system is attached. Those pictures will need to wait a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I’m hoping that you can all judge the car as a work in progress and reserve final judgment until the car is fitted with the various tuning modifications bound for part 4 of this update.

GT-RR for "R" R35 GT-R Wald, Esprit

With this rear profile picture I just wanted to say again how much I love the Esprit dry carbon wing. That was a modification I strongly urged “R” to do and I think it is perfect on this car. Besides the track tested performance and reduced weight, the quality and finish of the wing is simply flawless. Once the Amuse titanium exhaust is installed (and we’re also installing the Mines carbon fiber muffler protectors), this rear will fulfill our goal of what we feel an aggressive street car should look like! After all, this is only view most drivers will ever see once the power mods are installed and tuned.

GT-RR for "R" R35 GT-R Wald, Esprit

On the front you can see the successful conclusion of chopping up the Wald front bumper and inserting the Esprit dry carbon intercooler duct. Although at the moment this simply looks nice, a week from now the massive Esprit intercooler will be fitted and will be sitting cool and comfortable behind that duct. From this view you can also just barely see the Carbon Dry aero bonnet. That hood remains super clean for a street car, yet undeniably functional and sporty in all the right places.

More pics will be coming as the car gets the final stage of the build completed by our east coast partner John Shafer and his shop Akuma.

Stay tuned…

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GT-RR For “R” Pt. 2 – Wald Meets Esprit

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Continuing our latest GT-R build finds us cutting up a rather expensive Wald front bumper…

Part 1:

Our partner body shop in New Jersey has been hard at work preparing this demonstration vehicle for us and the car’s ultimate owner, our client “R” who asked us to build him his ultimate version of a street tuned and styled GT-R. Assuming you’re caught up on the goals of the project, outlined in part 1 above, now lets look at some of the details that have come along so far.

First up is the one part I find scary about the build. This is the first time I think anyone has been crazy enough to cut into the Wald front bumper and reshape it. While cutting into FRP and reshaping it is easy, doing a carbon fiber on carbon fiber reshape is really scary because there is only so much you can do with the carbon fiber to finish it off and make it look perfect. Luckily we have great partners for our builds that have earned our trust.

Because this car will be pushing a lot more boost and power than the stock GT-R, naturally we selected the massively sized and massively popular Japanese Esprit GT-R intercooler for the job. Part of what makes the Esprit intercooler effective and so cool (literally) is the dry carbon fiber Esprit Intercooler Duct. The challenge is that the Wald front bumper in this area already has a large single piece carbon fiber cover which spans from the top of the grill to the bottom ducts. Cutting was the only option. So the question is, will it look good when it is done!? I’ve been confident because I feel the look of the Esprit duct is perfect, so perfect to the point that the car should have come that way. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m more interested in your opinion. Lets see what you think!

GT-RR for "R" Wald Meets Esprit Intercooler Duct

Above you can see the challenge and the starting point for how we needed to reshape the front bumper.

GT-RR for "R" Wald Meets Esprit Intercooler Duct

Above you can see the part that scares me. Cutting into the FRP portion of the bumper and also mirroring that cut on the Carbon Fiber overlay center section of the Wald bumper to prepare it for the Esprit Duct.

Will It Work!?

GT-RR For "R" Esprit Meets Wald R35 GT-R Build

Hell yes it works! Look at that! This is what I’m excited about today as the pictures from Jersey hit my email box…the first Wald x Esprit front bumper, ready for that massive Esprit intercooler! Now I’m even more pumped up about how this car is going to turn out! I think this looks way better than the Wald Bumper to begin with, never mind the fact that this car will now be even more original looking which will bring our client “R” more satisfaction than simply driving a car bought out of a catalog.

A couple of other small updates as the Carbon Dry Japan interior parts were installed:

GT-RR For "R" Esprit Meets Wald R35 GT-R BuildGT-RR For "R" Esprit Meets Wald R35 GT-R BuildGT-RR For "R" Esprit Meets Wald R35 GT-R Build

The car’s page was updated as well here:

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GT-RR For “R” – Our Latest Build, In Progress

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GT-RR for "R" Build

Looking back, we still feel so grateful that last year we were given the chance by two of our clients to build them award winning GT-Rs for last SEMA. One of the biggest rewards of those projects has been the trust placed in us to take on new projects for new clients. This is one of those new projects, and I’m, as always, very excited about it!

Taking advantage of our strong partner network, our client “R” asked us to build him his own version of an ultimate GT-R and to do so on the East Coast of the US. We have been fortunate over the years to have built up an incredible partnership with who we feel are some of the best tuning shops, body shops and partners the industry has to offer and this project was a chance for us to put our partner network into action with a full build!

Recently I bought a brand new GT-R 2010 Premium Edition on behalf of “R” to begin the build. The goal was to buy and build a complete car to be delivered to our client “R” upon completion. You can see the stock 2010 GT-R pictured above. I snapped that picture about 10 days ago, last time I was in New York managing the build.

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Above are two pictures of the many parts selected. (The HRE M49s have a nice concave dip to them for the GT-R application, and are very light weight as well!)

I made a build page to document the parts selected and the project’s goals which can be found here:

All of the parts have arrived and the car is in progress now (at the body shop first). As completion is reached I’ll gladly update both our blog and GT-RR with new pictures and results. Our intention is also to do a before and after Dyno run to document the gains.

The story of the build (as featured on the above link) is re-published right here as well:

One of the things we take great joy in is building complete cars for our clients. This build here was commissioned by our client “R” in Boston. Although we did not have full control of the creativity of the build as we had with our previous two custom builds, I think our influence can still be found in the parts selection and execution.

After in depth consultation with our client “R”, learning his goals, his budget and his use of the car we came up with a customized plan for this 2010 GT-R Premium build. We then bought the car for “R” and begun with the project.

The goals are as follows:

– Street Driven in Boston (stock height, stock tires for comfort)

– Maximum reliable horsepower on a moderate budget (smart and proven power mods, nothing too excessive or crazy)

– Clean yet aggressive styling with functionality being a focus for daily use

Parts selection:

Aero and Styling
Esprit Dry Carbon Wing (track tested for increased downforce)
Carbon Dry Japan FRP Vented Bonnet (better cooling than stock)
Wald Full Aero Kit (street style)
Esprit Dry Carbon Intercooler Duct Integrated into Wald Front Bumper (functionality/air flow increase to bigger intercooler)
HRE M49 20″ Monoblok wheels in flat black (more aggressive fit than stock but comfort of stock tires being retained)
MCR LED Rear Winker and OEM Clear Front Winkers

Power Mods
Esprit Large Intercooler (with dry carbon duct)
Top Secret Titanium Intercooler Pipe Kit
Top Secret Carbon Fiber Intake System
Forge Actuators
Cobb AccessPORT with Custom GT-RR tune
Esprit Turbo Outlet Pipes
Amuse full titanium Y Pipe With High Flow Cat (keeping cats for emissions)
Amuse R1 STTI Rear Section in full titanium (still the best in the game)
800cc Injectors
Okada Projects Plasma Direct Kit
Synapse Blow Off Valves
HKS Spark Plugs

Carbon Dry Interior Dry Carbon Fiber Set, All Options.

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