More Press For the GT-RR SEMA Demo Cars

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Good press is always welcomed! One of the car’s sponsors, Mobil 1, sent me scans of the latest SEMA news magazine. It turns out it is also online:

http://sema.org/main/semaorghome.aspx?id=61163

SEMA used this article to share their choices for the industry’s most influential 14 cars that were at SEMA Las Vegas 2008. Our white GT-R was selected as the only Japanese car in the list!

Thanks SEMA - GT-RR GT-R Top Ranked

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Back From SEMA

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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.

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Champagne Wishes and Track Dreams

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Are made of this…

BBS 20″ LM-DBK, Toyo Proxes R888 285/35/20, Endless Mono 6 BBK, Amuse Front Diffuser, Mines Dry Carbon Racing Canards.

(hi-res of course)

GT-RR GT-R SEMA

And a close-up below:

GT-RR GT-R SEMA

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1 Day Left Before Transport To SEMA – More Parts Arrive!!!

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I dont know how we’re going to do this, but by a miracle parts arrived that we didnt expect to get. We just got the first ever release of the Top Secret carbon intake system and titanium hardpipe kit. We’re going to try to install onto our Toyo GT-RR project in time for SEMA (cars leave tommorow!)

Top Secret, R35 GT-RR, SEMA, Toyo

Top Secret, R35 GT-RR, SEMA, Toyo

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A Sneak Look at GT-RR.COM’s GT-R for Toyo Tires

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I posted something on Friday asking the reader’s of this blog about their opinion of whether I should show a sneak peek of either of my two main SEMA cars I’ve been designing. After reading the comments I’ve reached a conclusion.

The conclusion is this:

These cars have a lot of detail and depth to them that will be overlooked because of the impact of the complete car. I definitely want to keep the final image a surprise for both cars, but at the same time I can show a little of the design I’ve been doing which perhaps will be a little overlooked due to the overall complexity of the car’s design. For example, last year I did so much custom body work and little details to the S2000 that it was almost two cars in one…one complete car before the MS-R stickers went on it, and a totally different complete car after the graphics went on. Those that have read those old blog entries leading up to last SEMA know what I’m talking about. This Toyo car will be the same way. I’m confident it will look incredible without the graphics, and I’ve been working extra hard to come up with innovative ways to design the paint, to remix the look of parts that already exist, to do some one-off things nobody has yet to do. Once the graphics go on, perhaps they will rob some of the attention away from the detailed work we’ve been doing, but it will be robbed with good reason. I felt the same way last year…it was bittersweet to add the MS-R graphics to the S2000 because it looked so damn good and clean without it, but the graphics transformed the car to another level and I don’t regret it for a second.

Anyway, the parts are not on the car yet, and I wanted to just show you some heavily cropped and reduced pictures of a few details. Perhaps you can start to understand why I’ve been so excited and busy with this stuff lately. I really love my career and the chance to do cars like this!

GT-RR.COM SEMA GT-R Sneak Look at Toyo’s 2009 Demo Car

GT-RR.COM SEMA GT-R Sneak Look at Toyo’s 2009 Demo Car

GT-RR.COM SEMA GT-R Sneak Look at Toyo’s 2009 Demo Car

GT-RR.COM SEMA GT-R Sneak Look at Toyo’s 2009 Demo Car

GT-RR.COM SEMA GT-R Sneak Look at Toyo’s 2009 Demo Car

I’ve said it time and time again. I think leaving carbon parts all carbon often is just a result of being lazy or uninspired. I truly believe that beauty is in the details. I’m not looking for gaudy displays of carbon, I’m looking for clean integration, unique accent points, little details, ideas and concepts that are one-off touches. Call it bespoke if you will, I named my business after this principal. It is my goal with both cars to show beauty in the details. I hope that the cars at first glance impress, but the deeper you look the more interesting it gets.

These are some closeups of a few of my ideas and execution. It wont make perfect sense until of course the car is seen…but everything you’re seeing here is a little different than how anyone has done it before…and thats just want I expect of myself on projects like this.

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Toyo Tires National Ad Campaign With Bulletproof Automotive

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Bulletproof Automotive Toyo Tires Ad Collabo

I’m very excited about this new campaign that Toyo and I had been working on.

For those curious about the car and wanting an update…the S2000 is pretty damn far from done. Actually we’re just getting started with it. I just rushed really hard for it to debut last November at SEMA and pulled off a mini-miracle having it ready in time for the show. It had the visual and aerodynamic appeal I wanted, but it was an incomplete car and still is. I hope that within another 6-12 months it will be a complete car. :)

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