Remember vinyl wraps? Yes, they’re still a thing. I actually think they are pretty cool if done right. Granted these days they’re more used for marketing purposes than style I think they still have a place on both ends. With Gumball 3000 going on right now Nismo partnered up with INTERSECTION magazine to wrap a Nismo 370Z for the hedonistic road rally. The end result looks pretty fresh (probably fresher that it can also be removed at the end as well).
To see how the design came together and how a full car wrap is applied, check out the video below.
I will be the first to tell you that while I love BMW, I am not the biggest fan of the 6 series with the exception of the Gran Coupe. You might also know that when it comes to Hamann they are kind of hit and miss with their aero designs. Yet, their new aero package for the new 6 series Gran Coupe seems to hit the “goldylocks” zone as it is just right. The right 6 series with just the right mix of agression and class with the aero kit makes for a good product here. This might be partly because Hamann’s package is designed to be added on to the factory M aero package, so Hamann kind of had a guide to make sure they did not go off the deep end. Either way, I really like what they came up with here. What do you guys think?
illest just dropped a few new license plate frames and the new collection is led off by their new signature “safari” style design featuring the illest logo and their motto “None but ourselves can free our mind”. Deep, is it not? Either way if you’re a fan of illest, fatlace, or safari print then you can pick up this frame at the illest online store for only ten bucks plus shipping.
Little by little Vorsteiner is venturing out from their usual German nameplate tuning into other regions of Europe like the UK with their Bentley packages and Italy, starting with Ferrari and now continuing with a full tuning program for 2009+ Lamborghini Gallardo LP models. The new program named “Renazzo V” completely transforms the Gallardo into a full-on carbon fiber switch blade, adding several new angles and edges to increase its aggressive look and save weight. The aero package has at least nine total pieces to help better channel air and add downforce while keeping weight gain minimal. The package is finished off with a set of aluminum forged Vorsteiner wheels.
Right now the pictures below are just a preview. This package will not be available until February/March of 2013 and as of now the MSRP is unknown but I would venture a guess that it will be in the $15-$20k range. That price is shocking for us regular folk but probably chump change for the men and women that make up Vorsteiner’s clientele!
Yesterday I brought you a peek at Jon Sibal’s rendering of a Hyundai/Cosworth Genesis coupe. Today I show you a real picture of Super Street Magazine’s SEMA 2012 project: a Rocket Bunny widebody equipped Scion FR-S. Super Street leaked the photo above on their instagram feed just a short while ago, but they did not include many details. So far, all that is known is that it will have the Rocket Bunny kit which looks like this, and that the car will be very, very green.
I am just speculating here but with the kind of connections Super Street has, I would not rule out some type of forced induction setup as well. I guess we will have to wait until SEMA for the real details.
The CR-Z has its share of haters but I think there are more people that like it. I could be included with the latter half. While it is not exactly the CR-X reincarnate, it still honors the coupe nicely in my opinion; Especially with its looks. For a hybrid the CR-Z is pretty damn agro is it not? Throw in a few strategically placed exterior mods and you have one of the meanest looking eco-friendly cars on the street! If you happen to own a CR-Z and you are looking to add some more “mean” to its “green” then I think Password:JDM’s CR-Z dry carbon fiber rear diffuser is a good way to go. It looks good, it is made from high quality carbon fiber, it bolts right on (no cutting needed), and it actually does serve a function. It is a bit pricey at $599, but quality is usually expensive.
The CLS has a special place in our hearts at MotorworldHype as my buddy and co-founder RJ de Vera once had a Mercedes Benz CLS of his own a few years ago; So whenever we see something new for the CLS it usually grabs our attention pretty quickly. Owners of the current (W218) CLS 63 AMG might be happy to know that Vorsteiner is working on a tuning program for the “coupe” that should be releasing near the end of the summer. Vorsteiner kept things simple with this package by keeping it to a subtle lip in the front, front grill replacement, fender appliques, understated side skirts, a rear diffuser, and boot lid spoiler. As always each part of the aero package is made from Vorsteiner’s autoclaved carbon fiber. The program is finished off with a set of forged Vorsteiner wheels (19 inches up to 21), a titanium exhaust, and custom Vorsteiner floor and trunk mats.
So far there is no word on MSRP or exactly when the program will be available. As of now all we have to go on is “late Summer 2012″. I would probably make a guess that we should see it ready for sale towards the end of August. If I get anymore updates I will post them ASAP! In the meantime check out some very realistic renderings of what the program will look like when its released.
To buy the BMW 1M coupe you have to really, really love the 1-series. If you are that in love with your 1M coupe, then you are probably wary of making any changes to it and you could hardly be blamed for that. The 1M coupe is a good looking car. It may be a bit too stout or “bulldog-ish” for some but for those who “get it”, the 1M’s design is great. Vorsteiner kept those facts in mind when they set out to create a full aero package for the tiny, mighty M. So, it should come as no surprise that Vorsteiner’s 1M coupe package is quite subtle. Their goal in this package was more to reduce weight, add some downforce, and coax some airflow to where it is needed. For instance the front splitter features integrated ducts to channel air to the front brakes and the rear diffuser features extended fins for better flow of air under the car. The package also includes a carbon fiber trunk lid with an integrated rear spoiler for double duty in reducing weight and adding downforce. Naturally all the pieces of the aero kit are made from Vorsteiner’s pre-preg carbon fiber. When the kit is launched there will also be an option for a titanium exhaust, a set of concave wheels, and as usual a Vorsteiner floor mat set.
HAMANN has finally dropped their new tuning program for the new F10 BMW M5and I have to say, it walks a fine line between “over the top” and “just right”. To their credit they did tone down on the vents and wings and double wings, etc for this program. I am guessing they are getting to know their customer a little better and they probably realize that anyone who is willing to change the looks of the already beautiful F10 M5 isn’t willing to change too much. It is just as well then that HAMANN has gone for the “subtle aggression” vibe for their newest package. The body is widened about 25mm in the front and 30mm in the rear thanks to some over fenders and there are a few really nice hints of carbon fiber here and there to set things off. Although I am not sure if the HAMANN body panels themselves are made completely from carbon fiber or not so if you are interested you might want to look into that.
In addition to the aero package HAMANN will also throw in a set of 21 inch forged three piece aluminum wheels. To lighten things up further titanium bolts are used to secure the wheel face to the barrel. HAMANN also says that a performance package is in the works that would include an exhaust and a re-worked engine management system that together will squeeze another 160hp and 162 ft-lbs of torque out of BMW’s twin-turbo V8. Although, for now there is no release date for the performance package. Until then you might be perfectly content with the mere 560hp you get out of the box.
It seems like these days successful people never just do one thing anymore. No one is “just an actor” or “just a singer” or “just a critically acclaimed tattoo artist and Los Angeles mainstay”. That last bit applies mostly to the man known as “Mr. Cartoon”. Mr. Cartoon is one of, if not the most sought after tattoo artist in the country. Not being satisfied with just human skin, Mr. Cartoon has used cars as his artistic canvas in recent years, designing some amazing low-riders and one of the craziest ice cream trucks I have ever seen. Well, now Mr. Cartoon is adding “car care mogul” to his arsenal of talents by launching his own car care product line “Sanctiond“. Mr. Cartoon took feedback from professional automotive painters and detailers to create a line of washes, waxes, spray detailers, conditioners and more to service people who are excessively particular about what touches their ride.
If you’re wondering how a tattoo artist from Los Angeles is going to manage a car care brand then you would probably want to know that Mr. Cartoon hired Atticus Firey as his CEO. Who is Atticus Firey besides a guy with a really cool name? He is the guy who grew Meguiars so much that 3M bought them. It seems like Mr. Cartoon has all of his ducks in a row to make Sanctiond a considerable player in the car care market. If you want to try it out for yourself Sanctiond products just hit online and retail stores this month.
Sanctiond™ is a Handcrafted, Premium Car Care Brand Built To Engage the Largest Generation Of Car Drivers In History
LOS ANGELES, CA - Cultural icon, legendary tattoo artist, custom car collector, and SA Studios Global (SASG) co-founder, Mister Cartoon, unveils Sanctiond™ his signature brand of premium car care products. Sanctiond™ will satisfy the unmet needs of those who share Cartoon’s lifestyle and are equally passionate about music, sports, fashion, and cars.
Mister Cartoon Sanctiond™ is a growing collection of 15 products, including car wash, waxes, polishes, spray detailers, interior cleaners and conditioners, and a trio of innovative tire shines. Developed to exceed the stringent expectations of automotive painters and collectors, each product is a work of art in its own right, merging hand drawn package design with cutting edge product formulation.
The culturally diverse population is the fastest growing segment of consumers, yet, they’re currently underserved by brands of all types. Sanctiond™ specifically appeals to this audience while also pioneering a unique emphasis on the subcultures that make up the Hispanic community. Through Mister Cartoon’s well-oiled network of filmmakers, celebrities, artists, musicians, car guys and other key activators, Sanctiond™ is quickly being defined as the authentic car care brand birthed from Los Angeles, the epicenter of car culture.
“Cars are extensions of our personalities. Our customers are committed to making their vehicles more than just their rides. Cars are part of who they are,” explains Cartoon. “I’m grateful I now have the ability to turn this passion into something everyone can experience. By combining my love of cars, culture, and lifestyle, I’ve created a product I’m proud of.”
Mister Cartoon engaged industry veteran Atticus Firey, as CEO and co-founding partner. Firey is one of the most creative brand-builders in the car care world and has experienced unmatched success in this sector. Under Firey’s leadership, Meguiar’s underwent its greatest growth period and transformed into a premium, global brand, which was subsequently acquired by 3M. Firey utilized his unparalleled understanding of the robust $265B automotive aftermarket to carefully craft the Sanctiond™ strategy.
“Sanctiond™ is the answer to retailers looking for new consumers and revived energy in this category,” Firey said. “There are millions of people being overlooked by current brands, because they’re not the typical car enthusiasts. Yet, they are fanatics about their cars. I’m inspired by Cartoon’s passion for this community and our team’s ability to reach individuals through every aspect of a shared lifestyle.”
SA Culture and The ID Agency, both part of the SA Studios Global group of companies, are leading the marketing charge for Sanctiond™. Their combined expertise in social media and experiential marketing provides unmatched accessibility and reach to the community. SASG stands at the forefront of culture-led marketing, leading dynamic collaborations and campaigns with brands including: Nike, Xbox, MetroPCS, Pirelli, Pepsi, Recaro, Formula Drift, Universal Studios, Undefeated and Brembo. Sanctiond™ products will be available nationwide in stores and online starting April 2012.
About Sanctioned Automotive Group, LLC
Sanctioned Automotive Group, LLC parent to Sanctiond™, is first to launch a lifestyle brand of car care products targeting a culturally diverse consumer whose passions for music, fashion, art, community, and sports are centered around and enabled by their cars. Conceptualized and created by the most innovative minds in automotive care and culture-first marketing, Sanctiond satisfies the unmet needs of the fastest growing segment of consumers. The brand is an extension of Sanctioned, the premier house brand of SA Studios Global. Sanctioned merges distinctive and relevant content and products with multiple touch-point marketing experiences. For more information on Sanctioned Automotive Group, LLC go to www.sanctiond.comFor more information on SA Studios Global go to www.sastudiosglobal.com
About Mister Cartoon
Mister Cartoon was born and raised in Los Angeles. He began his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s and quickly gained notoriety for his unique tattoos, custom low-rider car work, album cover designs, logos, exclusive advertisements, and collectable limited edition products. His richly detailed, hand-rendered designs adorn the bodies of countless celebrities such as Beyonce, Eminem, Carlos Boozer, and Christina Aguilera. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the globe, and a myriad of companies, including Xbox, Casio, Diesel, and Nike, have commissioned his talents. Mister Cartoon continues to build a diverse, devoted, and loyal global fan base.