Zac’s Custom GT-R Interior

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FB Update: Custom Recaros

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Bulletproof custom Recaro SR-7 in G35 coupe

We’ve begun doing custom interior work. Here is Terry’s G35 Coupe featuring Japanese market Recaro SR-7 seats with full custom refinishing in Mercedes leather.

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FB Update: Alcantara Headliner in Demo Car

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GT-RR demo car Alcantara headliner

The GT-R demo car continues to get steady updates.  Here is the new Alcantara headliner.

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Our One-Off Carbon Fiber Interiors

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gt-rr carbon fiber shift knob r35 gt-r

I was at a Porsche dealer checking out the 911 GT3 a couple of weeks back and I noticed various carbon fiber interior panels on the interior. On the sticker price Porsche was charging thousands of dollars per panel for the optional carbon fiber bits. The average GT3 buyer could get the regular interior, but the guys who wanted something a bit more special could buy carbon fiber bits on a piece by piece basis.  It made me realize just how closely the aftermarket is mirroring the OEMs and vise versa. What Porsche was (and has been) doing with optional carbon fiber interior pieces is essentially the same thing we’ve been doing for the past two years on the aftermarket side of things. Each car comes with whatever interior it comes with, but inevitably we see things that we would like to improve. Maybe it’s a cheap bit of plastic that looks ugly, maybe we want a better feel to our steering wheel and shift knob, maybe we want to change the colors up…inevitably the same desire to customize that drives our interests to put wheels on our rides also somewhere within us exists to improve the cabins of our rides. The problem is most people don’t realize that it is possible to the levels that we’re seeing these days.

After more than two years of having these carbon fiber one-off bits produced I’m still as impressed as I was from the beginning. The reason is that it is fresh and new every time. We’re not going off of a mold or a catalog, every part is entirely custom and up to what we and our clients feel like doing. There is a ridiculous amount of man hours put into these, it is true bespoke craftsmanship.

I’ll give you an example. I wanted to push the limits to what a steering wheel could be for my GT-R. We’ve already done the reshaping of the grips, the flat bottom conversion, carbon fiber on the rim, Alcantara on the rim and a carbon fiber center switch plate. That was already a lot! But imagination is the only limitation. So I decided that I wanted to do what super cars do and integrate a center position stripe but rather than have it colored, I wanted to do it in a contrasting composite material. So we produced a center position stripe in carbon kevlar which is comparable to a yellow color stripe you’d see on Porsche for example.

gt-rr carbon fiber ultimate steering wheel r35 gt-r

Then to take it a step further I wanted to fully rid the steering wheel of plastic. Normally, like all steering wheels, the rear housing/cover is plastic. We converted that entire portion of the steering wheel to carbon fiber as well, including even the little access caps that pop off to remove the wheel.

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Finally I feel we’ve maxed out what can be done to a steering wheel!

I wanted to share with everyone some of the stuff we’ve been doing out of carbon fiber. The video below shows the steering wheel, how we’ve torn apart the GT-R shift knobs and re-assembled them with new exotic materials, and countless other parts converted into carbon fiber, red carbon fiber, etc.

The cool thing about all of this and the reason I love it is that there is no limitation to what can be done. We’ve done door mirrors, rear wings, power seat knobs, cup holders and everything in between.

If you guys have anything crazy you want to do in carbon fiber, let me know. I get excited about these one-off things and it’d be my pleasure to consult with you regardless of how simple or crazy the idea is!

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Custom Baby Seat

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Bespoke Baby Seat Recaro Leather Speakers

I always thought that the Junction Produce Recaro baby seats were really cool.

http://www.bulletproofautomotive.com/catalog-detail.php?ID=4303

If I’m honest to myself, it was simply cool because of branding (Recaro x Junction Produce) and because I don’t often come across badass baby seats. Taking a nice Recaro baby seat and slapping a JP logo on it gave it enough VIP JDM street cred to impress me at the time.

Recently I was browsing a Kahn Design catalog (we’ve just started working with them as one of their Dealers). I came across the images here of their baby seat and I was really impressed! Enough so to share it with everyone. I think a seat like this can be appreciated whether you have a baby or not. The seat is produced by Recaro and then reworked by Kahn in custom quilted leather and with integrated speakers on each side of the baby’s head supports. The seat was originally intended to match Kahn’s Range Rover interiors, but they’ll do custom colors to match any car.

If I ever have kids, this has got to be the way to handle baby transport.

The price of these runs about $1600 with today’s conversion rates. Not cheap, but it sure looks quality!

Bespoke Baby Seat Recaro Leather Speakers

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ASM Louis Vuitton Interior on S2000

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Here’s one more topic that we can all have fun arguing about.

After just doing the post on my favorite JDM interiors I was digging through my old photos and I came across a luxury tuned ASM S2000 demo car that they had at Tokyo Auto Salon 2005. Sorry that my picture I took wasnt a little better…but I thought I’d put this out there for people to debate more on whether classic symbols of wealth and luxury like gold and LV leather have any place in JDM tuning.

Personally speaking, I’m not a fan of this one…but I get where they were trying to take it.

Lastly, for all those that are ready to start hating on this too…ask yourself, would you hate equally if a more “underground/urban” version of this existed and the LV print was instead for example BAPE print? Honestly I’d be a straight hippocrite on that one because I think it’d be really cool to have BAPE leather print accents on a car’s interior. I’ve seen people do BAPE multicolor cloth on the interior (those were alright), but what I think would be extremely impressive and classy would be that BAPE leather that has the subtlely scored in bathing ape logos all in one solid color (textured BAPE print, not colored).

ASM Louis Vuitton Interior on S2000

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JDM Custom Interiors

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Every once in a while I bring up these two cars in discussions with friends. They are without a doubt the two best custom interiors I’ve ever come across in a Japanese tuned sport car. That was three years ago and I haven’t seen anything classier or better since. These cars are two of the Black X Metal demo cars produced by DAMD (these cars are those Aston Martin type front bumper cars). I’ve been the US distributor of DAMD for a number of years and fortunately we’ve been able to do a few of the Aston Martin bumpers on some US cars. Its a crazy kit, always controversial.

As far as the interior goes, its all one-off work that is actually done by the wife of the owner of DAMD. I heard she’s an interior designer or something. At any rate, this stuff is top notch design.

First up, the 350Z interior (sorry for the tacky watermarks, that was our old watermark style)

DAMD 350Z Bespoke Interior

Next the Miata interior (seriously, when have you seen a Miata interior ever look this good)

DAMD Miata Bespoke Interior

Next up the front of the 350Z so the haters can have something to hate on with this thread.

DAMD Black X Metal 350Z Front Bumper

Here’s a link to the old 2006 post I did on the DAMD kits for the Z, G35 and Miata:

http://www.bespokeventures.com/blog/?p=30

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