More GT-RR / Mobil 1 Midnight Purple Pictures

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I just put up ten more pictures (non-watermarked) of the Midnight Purple R35 GT-R project we did for SEMA. For a link to these pictures, please visit:

Mobil 1 / GT-RR Demo Car

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The First To Do A Purple R35 GT-R – Mobil 1 GT-R

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I’m very proud to write this post. A while ago I had this idea in my head that I wanted to build a Midnight Purple R35 GT-R for the SEMA show. At the time (and for many people, all the way up until they saw the car) most people thought I was crazy. Fortunately Mobil 1 understood and also my client Brandon who owns the Mobil 1 car understood. They gave me a chance to do what I wanted to do, and I’m very grateful for it.

The goal of the car was to beat Nissan on the punch on their SpecV and to build a timeless car for my client Brandon and my sponsor Mobil 1. Now looking back we can see the cars side by side and see if I succeeded:

This is the new Nissan SpecV


And this is the car I designed many months earlier, before it was announced that the SpecV would have purple special paint and before the final specs came out:

GT-RR / Mobil 1 SEMA Car - Midnight Purple

So lets see how my custom GT-R did looking back after the fact when compared to the new SpecV from Nissan

1. SpecV has authentic purple paint from Nissan – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 demo car air freighted in from Japan.

2. SpecV has a titanium exhaust – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 demo car, plus we have titanium high flow cats as well for more weight reduction.

3. SpecV has a dry carbon wing – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 demo car with even more downforce

4. SpecV has brake ducting – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 demo car with Zele front bumper (not quite the same, but I’m counting it anyways)

5. SpecV has a carbon fiber front grill – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 car

6. SpecV has upgraded brakes for racing use – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 car (although Endless Mono vs carbon ceramic so we take a bit of a loss there)

7. SpecV has more power – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 (actually Mobil 1 puts out much more power than SpecV)

8. SpecV has carbon reclining sports seats – CHECK, so does Mobil 1 (although ours are carbon/kevlar backed Bride reclining seats rather than SpecV Recaros)

Plus as a bonus we have a color matched/burned Amuse exhaust and more carbon fiber parts including a carbon roof as well as side skirts, rear under spoiler, fender outlet ducts and more:

GT-RR / Mobil 1 SEMA Car - Midnight Purple

Overall I think we did a pretty good job of beating Nissan to the punch despite going into it blind on a lot of things…sure I had a hunch that Nissan would bring back their legendary Purple again, but with no spec list or information on the SpecV I’m pretty impressed with how well we nailed it.

So when I debuted the car on TheRealJDM blog, many of the blog readers here asked me to show you pictures of the car before the graphics got applied. I wanted to hold back on those until a moment like now when we could compare it in more OEM appearance to the SpecV. Now’s a great time to see the Mobil 1 car without the BBS LMs and without the MS-R / Mana-P graphics.

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and of course this is how it ended up once it was finished:

GT-RR / Mobil 1 SEMA Car - Midnight Purple

for the history of the Mobil 1 build and more pictures please see this link:

I’m ready to take on more projects for 2009 so if anyone wants me to build them a custom car, I’m just about ready to start another project!

Also to all media – We have two different professional photo shoots on this Mobil 1 car that we can offer, we’re currently taking offers for magazine covers. If you’re interested please contact

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SEMA Starts Today – Here They Are

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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.

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GT-RR Toyo SEMA Car – Getting Here…

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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.

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GT-RR.COM Midnight Purple R35 GT-R – Concept

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Earlier on the blog I promised to explain the concept of the Midnight Purple GT-R we’re building.

The concept in essence is this:

I set out to build a classic GT-R which balances technology with history and beauty with form. The goal of this car is to try to beat Nissan to the punch with their Vspec. Yes it is a tuner car, but not in the sadly all too often type of way where it’ll look outdated once the next round of parts get released. This car is designed to be a classic 5 years later.

Here’s some of the things I went about doing to try to reach that goal:

1. OEM Paint: I wanted Midnight Purple II because it is an OEM Nissan GT-R color from the BNR34, it has a certain history to it as well as a element of luxury and prestige. Adding to the appeal is the nearly certain hunch that in a year or two nissan will most likely release a Midnight Purple R35 Vspec or other limited edition car. Beating Nissan to the punch is always fun as well.

2. Timeless parts: The modifications selected must be timeless. We modified the car heavily, but we used parts which will never become outdated because the quality and function they serve will be nearly impossible to beat years to come. Dont take my word for it, check back years later and the results will speak for themselves. Parts list will follow below.

3.  The Wheels must exude luxury, function and OEM quality

4. The function of the car must be improved to similar, if not better levels than what is expected of the Vspec in 2009. This means more power, less weight, better handling, better braking, better seating and sports car feel.

5. The graphic design must be done to enhance the car and represent the sponsors, but it must be done in a way where the styling is not over the top like D1GP cars or time attack cars. The design must be more along the lines of what I’d expect to see on a 997 GT3 RS, a Scuderia, or other highly tuned, limited production factory model cars.

6. Street legal, fully functional, proper ground clearance, daily usability remains in tact.

7. Aerodynamics kept functional and classy. Again, nothing too trendy where years later it might not look appropriate.

8. Fit and finish like that of OEM

9. Details inspired by other factory tuned cars such as a carbon roof like those found on M6s, Black Series SLs, etc. In this case we finished the roof in carbon fiber with a matte clear coat for an understated OEM look.

In a year or so when the next hotter version GT-R comes out, I want to feel confident that this car we’ve built in October 2008 can still hold its own against whatever the future brings.

Here’s a quick picture we took as we were preparing to lay down the MS-R designed graphics.

GT-RR Midnight Purple

The Modification List:

Exterior: Midnight Purple II
Zele Front Bumper, Front Lip Spoiler, Carbon
Zele Side Skirts, Carbon
Zele Rear Under Spoiler, Carbon
Zele Bonnet Air Duct Set, Carbon
Zele Front Grill, Carbon
Zele Front Fender Duct Set, Carbon
Amuse Dry Carbon Hi-Mount Wing
Nissan OEM Japan clear markers (front and rear)
MS-R Original Graphics
GT-RR.COM One-Off Carbon Roof

Amuse R1 Titan STTI Exhaust, Titanium
Amuse R1 Sports Catalyst RS, Titanium
Amuse R1000 Turbo Outlet Pipes
Cobb Tuning accessPORT ECU
Zele Carbon Radiator Shroud
HKS SQV Blow Off Valve Kit and Hard Pipe

Suspension, Brakes, Wheels:
Amuse Suspension
Endless Mono-6 Racing Brake Kit (Front and Rear) with e-slot rotors
BBS Japan Only Limited Edition LM-DBK 20” Wheels
Tires – Toyo R888

Bride – Gias Carbon/Kevlar reclining bucket seats
Takata Harnesses

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GT-RR.COM Signature Build – Toyo Tires SEMA 2008

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Now that this GT-R is completed, I thought I’d start to share a little more of the background. signature build for Toyo Tires

The GT-R as shown above was still relatively stock in that photo. When it debuts at SEMA it will look entirely different. As such, I dont mind sharing a couple of pictures here because it’ll never be seen looking like this again.

Goal: Although I have two different GT-Rs I’ve been preparing for SEMA, each one has a very different concept and design goal. The goal of this car for Toyo tires is to make the world debut of the 20″ R888 tire for Toyo at their SEMA booth. As a campaign car for a tire as extreme as the R888, this car needed to be aggressive and track ready. This was to be achieved by using track tested parts such as the Amuse front diffuser, Amuse high mount carbon wing, Mines Racing canards, Endless Mono-6 brakes, Amuse suspension, mixed with weight reduction parts like a dry carbon hood, trunk, titanium exhaust, titanium catalytic converters and mid pipes. Most importantly, all of the parts needed to fit together in both design and in function. I then worked closely with Manabu “Mana-P” Suzuki of Option and MS-R fame, to design some one off graphics which represent my desired style for the car. I even had Mana-P redesign the GT-RR logo for the car and future use.

Overall, the car is meant to produce the most power to the wheels of any street legal GT-R yet. Between the power, the braking, suspension, aerodynamics, weight reduction and unique design, I hope to have created one of the world’s leading tuned GT-Rs.

Of course the car represents the very best tuning parts available world wide, which is the essential function of GT-RR.COM. Consulting and helping our clients choose the right parts is something all of my businesses pride ourselves on being the best at. This car represents our ideals when a client gives us the freedom to create what we feel is the best car possible in the shortest amount of time (the car was prepared in less than 3 weeks).

With this particular GT-R coming from our client in New Jersey for us to build, it ends up being a great example of the custom services that we offer our clients. Much like the cars I’ve built in the past, I put my heart and soul into the planning, design and execution of this car. Although I’m perhaps best known as a JDM parts distributor or possibly a writer (to those of you here on my blog), my love is designing car concepts like this one and seeing it go from design concept to flawless execution. If I could do this all day, I might finally be able to satisfy my addiction to this car tuning bug.

Modification list:

Exterior: OEM Nissan White
Amuse Front Diffuser, Carbon/FRP one-off by GT-RR.COM
Zele Carbon Side Skirts
Zele Carbon Rear Under Spoiler
Zele Carbon Fender Duct Set
Amuse Dry Carbon Hi-Mount Wing
Mines Carbon Hood Ducts
Mines Dry Carbon Racing Canards
Mines Carbon Grill
Mines Carbon Radiator Shroud
Mines Carbon Antenna Cover
Password Dry Carbon Hood
Password Dry Carbon Trunk
One-Off GT-RR.COM Carbon Roof
MS-R Graphics

Cobb Tuning AccessPORT
Amuse R1000 Turbine Outlet Pipes
Amuse full Titanium exhaust system with hi-flow catalysts
Top Secret Carbon Intake System
Animal House Ceramic Wheel Bearings

Suspension, Brakes, Wheels:
Amuse Suspension
Endless Mono 6 Full Brake Upgrade Front and Rear
BBS Japan – Limited LM-DBK-P Wheels: 20″
Tires: Toyo R888

MCR Carbon Paddle Shift Conversion System
Top Secret Steering Wheel and One-Touch Boss
Bride Gias Carbon/Kevlar Seats
Takata Harnesses signature build for Toyo Tires signature build for Toyo Tires

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GT-RR.COM SEMA R35 GT-R Design Elements Pt. 2

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Yesterday I started previewing one of our main SEMA GT-R projects. Today we’ll continue with a few of the design elements.

GT-RR.COM SEMA R35 GT-R Design Elements Pt. 2

This image showcases two different design points. One is symmetry (perhaps parallel might be the better word), which I also worked hard to achieve on my S2000 last year for SEMA. The S2000 utilized twin canard shaped designs front and rear which were parallel.  On the rear of the S2000 last year I matched up Top Secret Kevlar vortex generators with Tracy Sports rear canards at the rear whereas the front matched up Amuse canards with the Amuse front diffuser. This year, I matched up Mines racing dry carbon canards with an Amuse front diffuser. I played into this parallel image with the paint design which accentuates the common design elements. Also notable is the intention of remixing the Amuse front diffuser.

The Amuse front diffuser is a fiberglass product, but we converted it to essentially CFRP (carbon top layer, FRP base) for the sake of design and paint scheme. The goal was to integrate this more aggressive front diffuser into carbon fiber side skirts and a carbon rear under spoiler. Again, following yesterday’s theme of blurring the lines between FRP and carbon parts, this was the concept here as well…The FRP Amuse front diffuser after being treated to a carbon fiber conversion then was painted. The paint concept was to integrate it better into the car while also drawing out the aggressive lines of the product with carbon fiber accents.

GT-RR.COM SEMA R35 GT-R Design Elements Pt. 2

This above photo shows the continuation of paint and carbon intermixing and shows more of the design/concept with the car. The carbon side skirts and rear under both got a new image by painting over quite a lot of the carbon. I used the carbon again as accents to showcase the design of the parts, using the natural shapes of the products to determine the paint design. On the full rear profile it also accentuates the low body lines. I dont want to show a full rear profile yet of the car, but there’s more to be seen than this.

GT-RR.COM SEMA R35 GT-R Design Elements Pt. 2

Most people would not care about details like this in the above photo. It features the Mines NACA hood ducts which come in full carbon fiber. I wanted to accent the depth of the ducts as well as the shape, so we painted the outside edge of the duct and left the recessed section in carbon fiber. Minor stuff, but I like the details of car design…these details however insignificant are what get me excited.

The car is getting parts installed now and becoming a real functioning street tuned car. Building this and the other GT-R over a period of about 3 weeks has been stressful, but miraculously we’re keeping our schedule dead on.

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