The name of that company is Hot Rods and Hobbies which is located in California, USA. When you hear the words “hot rods”, you would not associate it with custom building of GTRs. Basically the company’s main business is to restore and/or custom build hot rods but they have done other cars as well such as Porsche and Ferrari.
Around three months ago, the company took a rather stock GTR and started replacing whatever panel they could with carbon fibre. They even replaced interior panels with custom built carbon fibre ones. All of these replacement works are pretty normal for weight saving measures. But what the company owner Scott Bonowski and his men did next was something rather unique.
They began cutting up the roof and replaced it with a carbon fibre one, custom made by another company, AMS. According to AMS, the replacement roof has no structural rigidity loss. Other replacement carbon fibre parts were acquired from Mine’s. After all the bodywork is completed, the car went for a paint job in an OEM colour and it was the most difficult job according to Bonowski.
The GTR received some engine upgrades from Mine’s as well, generating around 600bhp. Several visits were made by Mine’s chief engineer to fine tune the upgraded engine. Mine’s products such as suspension, brake kit and wheels were also fitted to the car.
The pursuit of making a performance car even better than its original condition has been the passion of many and to approach it with a lightweight body and mild engine tuning is probably one of the safest way without putting too much stress on the car’s engine and transmission.
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