GT-RR.COM Midnight Purple GT-R – Best Exotic at SEMA!??? Crazy…

Posted by

This one shocked me…

Somehow the purple gt-r is currently in 2nd place behind the Lamborhini Reventon on’s top exotic cars at SEMA 2008.

I love the purple car (obviously) but this one really surprises me that it’s gone this far.

Will it stay #2? Go to #1? Who knows…voting is still happening. I’m just shocked to find the car in that list.

Cardomain Nominates GT-RR / Bulletproof MP GT-R as SEMA Top Exotic Car

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Two More Pics by Request

Posted by

EDIT:I just found out that Gene wasnt supposed to put that pic online yet, therefore I wasnt supposed to either. Sorry, but I had to remove that one motion shot of the purple car from here. If you happened to grab it in time, please do not post it online elsewhere. Its supposed to be kept private for a while longer (I just found out).

Gene Tjin shot the car recently for Mobil 1’s advertisement campaign and also some magazine use. Here is a picture he leaked on his blog.

(removed) Original Link

Also some of you have been asking me for a better pic of the Top Secret cars. I was in a rush when I was at the garage but I did get one picture with a proper camera. Its hi-res below:

Top Secret Demo Cars in Los Angeles

The below shot is for sancosys (when you post a lot of comments, your requests get answered!)

Hi-Res of MP GT-R For Sancosys

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Midnight Purple Love Affair

Posted by

I love this car. Is it wrong for me to love my work? I mean, I created it…so would that be like incest? I hope not, lol.

GT-RR for Mobil 1

A little insight into my head: I’ve really enjoyed seeing the reactions of people regarding the two cars (white and purple) I prepared this year. Its been fascinating to compare my expectations of public perception between what I thought it would be versus what it actually is.  Although both GT-Rs function almost equally in all areas of driving/performance, I made both designs nearly polar opposites in terms of perception and image. Almost exactly as I planned, the two cars appealed strongly to two very different types of enthusiasts. Its fascinating how it has worked actually. Despite both cars being nearly the same, we’ve been able to have some people love one car and dislike the other, and vice versa.

Here’s how it sums up:

White car: Magazines and media are absolutely going crazy for the white car. I’ve never seen anything like the media frenzy the white car gets. It is aggressive, it pops out from any background in any lighting and the media loves it. For those exact same reasons, those with conservative ideals, purist ideals, or those that look at it as a would be daily driver dislike it. I will say this personally…I’ve driven on the wangan in Japan quite a few times times and I’ve been passed at high speeds by the most menacing of JDM tuned cars, and nothing I have ever seen is more hardcore than watching this white GT-R blast past me on the 405 freeway. The street presence the white car has at night is crazy…I cant quite put my hand on it, but my best guess as to why that is would be mostly because of how we painted the rear of the car (and since it’s white)… I think.

Purple car: Still very hot with media, but not as hot compared to the white car. Yet with purists, actual GT-R owners and those who would envision owning one of these cars, this one is the clear winner in those areas. The critics often choose the purple over the white car because its less flashy and more understated function whereas the white car seems to remind people of D1 or Time Attack because of the loud graphic design. This is the car more people can see themselves driving. It is my image of what I felt Mobil 1 would like for their brand. Something high end, luxurious and with a certain almost OEM+ quality. Tuner, but not too tuner looking if you will…

All in all, I love the feedback both the good and the bad. Its fascinating to see what design can do to people’s perception. Thats why I love this stuff. No one car can satisfy everyone, but between these two cars it looks like there might just be something for everyone. I know speaking for myself, that these two cars represent the two different styles and tastes I have. I still cant decide which one I like more, I love them both like children.

So these pics I’m sharing I took two days ago.  After another magazine shoot, I parked the car in the middle of the road and just took a couple of pics for myself. I thought I’d share them because I haven’t had many good pics of this car to share with everyone yet.

Two bonus shots in hi-res:

GT-RR for Mobil 1GT-RR for Mobil 1

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Back From SEMA

Posted by

I owe so many people a huge thank you! This SEMA was a hard fight to the finish. Fortunately after setup on Tuesday at SEMA I could look at the various projects with complete satisfaction. Some may love or hate the two cars I designed, but once I saw them complete I felt personally satisfied that I prepared the very best GT-R I was capable of at this very moment in time…and I did it twice in two different styles/concepts (Mobil 1 car and Toyo car).

Between my satisfaction in the successful completion of my two big projects of the year, along with the satisfaction of seeing so many of my clients and friends at SEMA whom I worked with to get their parts in time for SEMA…it was a wonderful week.

I pride myself on working with the best in the industry. This means: the best factories, the best designers, the best installers, the best brands, the best clients, the best staff, etc…I think the quality showed this SEMA. I may not be the best on my own, but I can sure pick the best. I consider the skill of identifying quality much more valuable than the skill of creating quality single-handedly. Sure I had a big part in these projects, sure I drove myself to the brink of destruction in the production of these cars…but they would not have been anything without my partners and friends.

Manabu, Nakane, Ito, Brandon, Anthony, Shibuki, Shin, Andy, Neil, Kurita, Nagata, Kobayashi, Bun, Dom, Kent, Ben, Jonathan, Jun, John, Seita – you are a few of the many that I owe my extreme gratitude to. Thank you for your friendship and support. Without you this SEMA would not have been the same.

Here’s a couple of highlights of the show for me:

Brandon With His Car

Both Brandon and Anthony were kind enough to offer me full creative control of their car builds. Both of them did not know a single thing about their cars until they saw them first hand Tuesday morning. Brandon knew his car was Midnight Purple but thats about it… There’s a TV show called Extreme Home Makeover where the owners of their home freak out when they see how their home has been “pimped” if you will…The expression of Brandon and Anthony as they saw their cars for the first time was priceless, and reminded me of that show…Whatever confidence I had that I did right by them, it meant nothing until I saw their reaction. That was the true validation of a successful project. The above picture is Brandon with his car for the first time since he shipped a stock silver car to me by boat from Hawaii not even 4 weeks ago.

Name in Lights

Never in my life did I think I’d have my name on a billboard. Seeing a PDF of an image from Mobil 1 is one thing…seeing a billboard on Las Vegas Blvd is something entirely different. Mobil 1 has been far too kind to me, I will continue to work hard to keep their confidence.

Next To The Best

The above picture link I left in 2600 resolution without watermarking (a file so big I cant even show it here). I’m still humbled that Toyo gave my GT-R project their best/front placement in their booth. Regardless of how great of a job I could have possibly done, there was no way humanly possible to beat ASI’s Bentley GTR. I was proud to have my car next to what I felt was one of the most impressive cars of the show. Plus, earning the respect of ASI and forging a new friendship was priceless…

More later…Give me some more time to catch up. I’m 1000s of emails behind right now.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

SEMA Starts Today – Here They Are

Posted by

mobil 1

mobil 1mobil 1

Sorry, I didnt have the wheels on for these photos. I think you’ll find more on the internet in 24 hours or less with the BBS LM’s on it. Honestly, those pictures of the Midnight Purple are terrible…wait until I get some proper pictures up after I return from SEMA with proper lighting where you can really see the paint. The paint is insane.



Thanks goes to Signal Auto who came through in the clutch with the installations for both cars. If anyone out there wants to use Signal Auto for their installs, let me know and I’ll get you a special rate through Bulletproof as our client.

Leaving for SEMA - Readying for Transport

FYI – I wrote this on October 31st. There will be much better pics of the cars in their finished states soon on my end. As soon as I get back from SEMA I’ll be doing photo shoots daily with both cars for about a week. It’ll yield some really great shots, some of which I can share on the blog.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

SEMA GT-R Projects White vs Purple

Posted by white vs purple

bonus shot:

bonus shot

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

GT-RR Toyo SEMA Car – Getting Here…

Posted by

Here’s a really half-ass timeline (most parts missing, but overall you’ll get a slight bit more of a feeling for some of the project’s progression)

We received the car on October 7th


The same day, I started detailing some ideas I had about painting, remixing the image of FRP parts into carbon, etc.



next thing you know the above part changes from full carbon to painted with little carbon accents, and the bottom picture shows the FRP front diffuser turned into carbon and ready for painting with accents as well.


that side section of the wing was never carbon.


the roof became carbon, and we planned our detailing and pinstriping with the paint.


here’s how a part ends up


getting assembled, no canards yet. Still simple, clean, a little innocent still…


here’s mana-p’s design that he and I collaborated on after 15+ revisions to reach this final version.


laying down the hood graphics (thanks Jesse)


umm…I think I just showed this picture too early. oops! Anyway, it wasnt finished yet…still missing wheels.


Sorry, I didnt get a chance to document much of the installation of the tuning parts.  Quite honestly it was damn hard to get out of the office to document as much as I did.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)